Cedar Butte Trail

MODERATE 131 reviews
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Cedar Butte Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
908 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 32. Right on 468th Ave for 3.5 miles to the parking area on the left side of the road

hiking
4 days ago

This is a VERY steep hike but worth it for the views. There are a few “pull off” spots where you can catch your breath and sit down if need be.
The views are phenomenal and nice spot to eat a snack.

16 days ago

The scenery was gorgeous going up!! There’s spots where the trail is quite overgrown and although it’s a shorter hike, it was definitely not easy. I’d say whoever labeled it has not hiked it before. There were some gnarly steep spots. But the view at the top was great since I went on a hot, sunny day!

hiking
1 month ago

Unfortunately I did this trail on a very cloudy day. The hike up to the top was a bit strenuous for someone who isn't in great shape. Although the view was amazing it definitely would have been better on a sunny day. The trail itself was unremarkable. I doubt I'll do this one again but I am glad I did it once.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice and easy

hiking
2 months ago

The majority of this hike winds pretty steeply through the forest. Definitely a steady climb most of the way but not too bad - would recommend poles. You have to go one switchback up from where the AllTrails map ends to get to the viewpoint. The view itself is gorgeous, but limited - it's really just a small break in the trees, but pretty nonetheless.

hiking
4 months ago

You don't get much of a view until the very top but it's nice and easy with just a bit of a challenge towards the end. Good for people with dogs, kids, or others that don't want to put in a ton of effort. It was a busy Saturday near Rattlesnake and we only passed a handful of people on this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Short but nice and quiet.

4 months ago

great hike. very peaceful.

hiking
5 months ago

Maps will take you to the wrong parking lot. Go past the lot, drive til the road ends, and parking will be on the left. Park and then follow signs to the Iron Horse trail. You will cross a bridge over a river that has a chain link fence. Immediately after the fence on the right is the trail head.

hiking
8 months ago

Fairly quick and pleasant hike with significantly less crowds than the people parade that is Rattlesnake Ledge trail. The view at the summit is smaller as is the space to sit and have a snack, but considering the scarcity of people this worked out fine for us.
As for the whole "easy vs moderate" debate- there are some steep spots near the top but if you have done Little Si you can easily handle this one.
I had an 8 year old and a 10 year old with me and they seemed to enjoy the hike pretty well. Autumn colors are visible and the cooler air on a sunny day like what we had 9/24 is very refreshing.

9 months ago

45 minute drive from Seattle
2 hours total hike time

GPS doesn't take you to parking lot. Follow the signs to the parking area that requires a Discovery pass.

Good hike, parts of the climb are moderate, would say this is a 2 of 5 on difficulty scale. Good views, not as stunning as nearby Rattlesnake, but way better since it's substantially less busy.

hiking
9 months ago

can u get down to the lake?

hiking
9 months ago

35 min drive from Seattle
2.5 hours car door to car door*

*GPS coordinates from this app don't take you to the parking lot. Go to the parking lot (John Wayne Trailhead) and save yourself an additional mile loop of flat terrain, which will also save 30 minutes.

The conflict between other reviewers is correct, this is definitely a mostly "easy" trail, but there are portions that are "moderate" (particularly to the summit and the left hand side of the loop to the summit trailhead). It's super easy/flat until you turn off to "Cedar Butte" (but then that technically isn't part of the Cedar Butte Trail).

Dog friendly, bathrooms near parking lot. Busy first mile to get to Cedar Butte turn off, but after that only saw four other groups in 90 minutes on a Sunday morning.

Views at top are good, trade off less amazing views for the lack of traffic that nearby trails suffer from.

hiking
10 months ago

I would do this hike again! After driving up late in the afternoon on a Saturday and seeing how packed the rattlesnake parking lot was we decided to change hike plans and do cedar butte instead. You need a discover pass for this parking lot.

The hike itself is moderate with elevation only towards the second half of the hike. But it's a nice mix of steep and then relatively flat to catch your breath. The switch backs were short and relatively easy. The view was nice. Not as big as I expected but still lovely especially since the smoke seemed to be clearing up


** note my bf and I took the blowdown route back. Do not take this route. It's extremely over grown and the blow down is not even visible. Also there were so many fallen branches with shrubs growing over them so it was very hard to see that you could trip. Take the shorter route.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice steady hike up with two ways to get to the summit. I'd say it's not easy!

hiking
11 months ago

This is a picturesque little loop, with a decent view at the summit. Lush vegetation has converged into the path during certain stretches. So long pants might be a good idea.

hiking
11 months ago

Quick but awesome trail, not the best sitting places at summit but beautiful on a non cloudy day

hiking
11 months ago

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great hike!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Great quick hike! Elevation happens quick though! Good challenge.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Great hike. Starts out on the Iron Horse trail, watch for signs on the right 1/2 mile in.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Very nice view from the top

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Very quiet hike. The trail is pretty narrow, but the view is phenomenal up top. If you take the left route at the fork it is significantly shorter but also significantly steeper. The right route at the fork is longer, but much easier. Also to access the trail, you have to take the John Wayne Pioneer Trail until you pass the creek, then the Cedar Butte trail will be on the right.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I will say that it's a moderate short one, but it's a beautiful trail, really quiet compare with the rattlesnake just in front. The view it's really nice.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Very quiet, short. Nice view.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

beautiful hike but NOT easy. I would rate a moderate and the switch backs at the end are definitely a heart rate increaser.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Short hike and on nicer days with better bang for your buck than I had. Foggy view at the top but it was a really quick hike so judging from the view others had posted i will definitely be trying again on a sunny day. Took me about 40 minutes "speed walk" hiking with couple stops to the top from the base of the actual trail off the gravel road and 30 mins down without stopping. I would label it as moderate/easy and comparable to rattlesnake ridge but shorter.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

First time on this trail. I have ridden past the trail head many times so it was on my list and today was the day. Takes you through beautiful lush forest with ferns and moss everywhere. Good workout depending on which part of the trail you take up. Left is much steeper where as right is longer but less incline. Really nice view of the valley and surrounding peaks at the top. I could see Si, Teneriffe and Mailbox from where I stood. Was fairly busy today but didn't pose a problem. Also it's a good alternative to the ever so busy Rattlesnake Ledge hike. Bonus too is that the John Wayne parking lot is never full. Does require a discover pass however (totally worth it!)

hiking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Friday, December 02, 2016

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