Chelan Butte Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chelan, Washington that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.4 miElevation gain2,601 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Jessica Keeler
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Hiking

Hard trail with the amount of incline but it was in great condition besides being muddy in some spots. Elephant head is 2 miles up and the Butte is 4 miles up

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John P
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Hiking

Hiked in micro spikes. Should have had snow shoes for last mile or so post holed to knee depth. Still fun and beautiful views.

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Jen Turner
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Hiking

Okay without microspikes about two miles in since the snow is hard packed. They do make the end easier as well as coming down. Very pretty right now and not very crowded.

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Rianna Bidon
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HikingGreat!IcyOff trailSnow

first time here, and super glad I made the stop. would recommend microspikes. peaked chelan butte from the back side so the trail was lots of post holing in over 1 foot of snow. but I took the main trail on the way down and it was pretty easy and packed in. beautiful views! parking lot was full when I got there around 12 but only passed a couple people on the trail.

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carson bainbridge
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Hiking

only did 1//2 of this ! NEED MICROSPIKES! poles helpful but not necessary. Great views all around

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Shelby Sundquist
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Hiking

Beautiful day. Frozen pine trees were gorgeous. Snow got 6ish inches deep near the top, steep sections were difficult without poles. Saw some bighorn sheep

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Brian Richardson
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Amanda Davis
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Izzie Kirsch
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HikingGreat!

Hiked this on 11/11 with a group of athletic 20-somethings. It was a very tough and rewarding hike. Up to Elephant's Head it was not too hard and quite enjoyable. We were on the trail around 8am and it was very cool to be in the clouds and watch them burn off from the sun coming up to reveal terrific views. The push to the top after Elephant's Head was challenging and very steep. There was a bit of snow on the trail but totally passable with our trail runners/hiking boots. We ended up putting on spikes for a section on the way down because it was very steep and slick, but you could manage without if you go slowly.

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Amit Dobhal
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Eight-Bit Robert
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Hiking

Great hike and work out! Turned around about 3/4 mile past Elephant Peak as the snow was getting heavier, slick and the trail was getting steep.

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James Mackler
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Hiking

I hiked and ran this trail with my dog on leash. Perfect weather. About 50° and sunny. Couldn’t have asked for more beautiful way to start the morning. Only saw a couple of people on the way up at about 9 AM just a few more on the way down.Very convenient trailhead close to town.

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Matthew Acosta
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HikingGreat!

Great views, no need to go all the way up to the cell tower. Best views are before the final ascent up to the tower

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Adnylec Oyutitser
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HikingBugsGreat!

Great trail, brutal in the sun with no shade. the bugs can be next level but overall beautiful scenery

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Andrew Swanson
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Hiking

The final mile or so to the top is pretty hard but very worth it! I went for sunrise not just for the views but to avoid crowds and the heat and would highly recommend the same.

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Marianne Wilkins
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RunningGreat!No shade

was in chelan passing thru on vacation and wanted a quick hike close to town..good ole bang for the buck. was able to walk to TH from town center via chelan river walk and took a sunrise hike. fabulous. Solitude sunrise great winds to keep cool. great views of the mtn ranges to the west north and south! got to see some accomplished peaks :) great hike if u want views and something close to town. I like steeps so this was a nice quick wkout at sunrise to start the day and a nice run down! if u r in shape for running/hiking and want a nice wkout it is a great sunrise hike. I would not suggest this aftwr early morning..way too hot no shade! bring water :)

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Rodrigo Carvalho
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ruben mendez
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RunningNo shade

trail has great views...a bit dusty...it can be windy...go early...the sun can be brutal....it was nice watching the sun rise... pretty hard hike...but, doable.

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Erik Ertsgaard
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Inna Levchenko
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Nice hike, challenging one, better to go there in the early morning to avoid heat, I only took water with me, 1 liter of water was plenty for me. No bugs, or snakes, pretty safe one, took me 3:40 hours total time.

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Samantha Hughes
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HikingNo shadeRocky

It was a good trail with beautiful views. Definitely not for the faint at heart.

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Maria Drewing
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Aaron Bathum
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Hiking

Amazing. Difficult. Steep. The views!!!

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Jenah Fullerton
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HikingNo shade

This was a hard hike! I thought it was the hardest hike I have ever done until I did Lake Colchuck this past weekend. We did this hike in April and the flowers were all in bloom. It was so pretty going up. The last mile is the hardest that is where you gain a lot of elevation in a short time. There is no shade and I would bring food or snacks and lots of water to help get you to the top. The view of the lake is amazing and worth the hard trek up.

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