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Dock Butte Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Concrete, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 1,289 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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Getting There

Note: The road is currently closed about 6 miles from the trailhead.

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Sedro-Woolley: Follow State Route 20 east for 17 miles to milepost 82. Turn left on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road #11). Continue on the Hwy. for 12 miles to Forest Service. Road #12 and turn left. At 7 miles, turn left on Road #1230. The trailhead and parking are located in 4 miles at the end of the road.

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Makena Ford
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Hiking

Heads up to hikers: didn’t get to do this hike because the road was closed 6 miles from the trailhead. Hopefully it’ll be open later this year.

Diane Gardella
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HikingBridge outSnow

Bridge is out approximately 6.5 miles before trail head. We hiked the road up to the trail, and peeked some stunning views along the way. Trail itself is still snow covered, and very poorly marked, so we were unable to hike very far in. All in all a great day with beautiful views, but unable to hike the trail we set out for.

Mariah Zavala
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HikingIcySnow

Hiked 3 miles in the snow just right before the trailhead. If you don’t mind the snow, it’s a nice hike! Would definitely recommend waiting till later in the season. Will be coming back to do the actual hike itself.

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Allison Briski
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning! A bit muddy at the bottom, definitely do it on a clear day when you can see all the mountains

Kristina Grundmanis
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HikingMuddy

Fun trail- it felt longer but that could be because it was cold. Had a layer of snow to maneuver through but got some great views of Baker

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Miron V.
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HikingBugs

Great hike. Starts easy in the shade of the forest. Stay right at the first fork (left trail goes to blue lake). Steep stretches are balanced with flat ones. Lots of views along the way, including Mt Baker. Our gps indicated it was 1.7 mi to the meadow and then another .5 to the top. There are 2 options up: a steep one and a longer one (which we took) that consists of switchbacks and a couple short rocky climbs. Beware of bugs at the very top. They are more of a nuisance than anything else. Bug spray might help. Otherwise you won’t want to stay long. The forest road, btw, wasn’t bad. Lots of holes in the beginning but fairly smooth after that.

Caitlin Thompson
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Hiking

A beautiful hike! Pretty easy compared to some of the hikes in the area that I've done. The trail is in good condition with a few damp spots here and there. I highly recommend stopping by Blue Lake for a swim after your hike, so refreshing! The road up took about half an hour in my Mazda 3 and was in great shape! I was really Impressed with the road and how easy it was in a car.

Kevin Flynn
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Hiking

Sep 1, 2019: Road is in good condition; passable in 2wd low clearance vehicle. Beware of all the broken glass and rusty nails at the summit. Going up the trail was easy to follow, but on the way down after the slanted rock part we somehow missed the turn and went straight down the ridge. Lesson learned: after going down the rock the official trail goes off to the left.

Thomas Serio III
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Hiking

good hike despite total cloud cover on way up. Better views on way down as clouds cleared. would recommend.

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suzanne thomashow
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Hiking

We totally enjoyed the hike, although the weather was cloudy. So, we missed the view but the trail was beautiful. Forest opened up into high meadows with switchbacks along a rocky open butte. Lovely flowers. A classic PNW adventure

isaac Kaser
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Hiking

This hike was the most beautiful hike I’ve been on. Don’t let the long drive on the forest road deter you from the trail head. A clear day is a must. Close to the hike during August there are HONEY bees they will leave you alone and are no worry as long as you keep calm and don’t mess with the flowers

Kate W
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Hiking

This hike is amazing. Go on a clear day and you will be rewarded with non stop views. Went on 7/20. Passed a handful of hikers but mostly had the trail to ourselves. Hiked with hubs and 3 kiddos ages 6-12. We hike a considerable amount so this hike was no prob for them. Bugs were annoying, didn’t really let up but also didn’t bite. This hike is a must-do. Make it a combo hike by checking out Blue Lake on the way back!!

Lavena Staten
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Hiking

Amazing views the whole way

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CATHLEEN L.
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Hiking

I can't really rate this trail because I couldn't find the trailhead. The directions ended on the road with nothing around. I continued on the road because this happens often and the only trailhead I found was for blue lake, so we did that hike instead.

LAURYN ABEL
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HikingMuddySnow
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whitlei Raines
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It was a perfect day to go. The road had a few ice patches. As for the trail, it was doable without spikes but they were really helpful scrambling to the top. I do recommend at least having a trekking pole.

Rachel Einfeld
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It was really hard with all the snow. I wouldn't recommend sliding down any of the way back. I had a friend slide right into and tree in front of me then I ran into the tree. it was a hard walk down since he got hurt. the view was great. make sure to have the right shoes.

Chloe Doberstein
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Hiking

Lots of huckleberries and bear cubs out this time of year! This trail features a lot of ups and downs as you pass through several groves and meadows, keeping the trail interesting! There is a short rock scramble when you get to the peak that's occupied by fire ants, so watch where you put your hands! We also encountered some Giant Hogweed on the trail, but it looked like someone had cut it back and it's now grown out again. We went around 3pm on a Wednesday and only passed by 5 other people, so it was nice and quiet!

Dion Menser-Andreini
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Hiking

The first 1/4 of the road to Dock Butte trailhead is filled with potholes but doable. The last 2/3 smooth and clear of snow except the last 200 yards. We parked around the bend from the parking lot. There is room for a half a dozen vehicles. The first part of the trail is snow covered and we followed footsteps and ended off trail for a little excursion...when it became apparent we used our gps to recognize and retrace back to the trail. The middle section of the trail is clear other than a downed tree that is easy to climb over or under. Nearer the top the snowfields begin as do the amazing views! Hiking poles and clippons were a must for us...but we are in our 60’s. We saw 2 other groups of younger and more fit hikers, one group without poles or clippons and the other group with poles and clippons. Both of these other groups reached the summit...we chose to turn around 100’ elevation from the top...a bit too steep with snow for us. There were a few bugs but nothing a little bug deterrent couldn’t handle. Did I mention the views were stunning ☺️...the views were stunning! It was a wonderful place for a picnic! Perhaps a highlight was glissading back down the snowfields. After these old legs made it to this elevation over snow fields we were not going to miss the pure delight that these snowfields offer as a quick transport down. Wet butt honor makes it so worth the journey! On our trek down it was easier to notice the plentiful wildflowers...trillium and numerous sprouting flowers quickly reaching for the sun in the breakout sections of snow melt. It was quit a lovely day and a great early season hike!

Marisa Marisa Abrahams
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Hiking

The road is clear of snow almost all the way to the trailhead. We had to park around the bend from the trailhead. Snow was easy to walk in. The first part of the trail is mostly melted with some snow patches, easy to navigate. We threw on microspikes about 1.3 miles in. Glad we were tracking our route with gaia, there were no other tracks to follow on the snow. Gps helped us stay on Route. Made it within a few hundred yards of the summit before we felt the angle got too steep to walk on safely. Still great views (a little cloudy) and a good hike. Microspikes and gaitors! Happy July!

Mags E
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Hiking

Fabulous view!

Roger Coe
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The trail is well maintained and the views are probably great. Probably. I went on this hike during the great 2017 BC Smoke fest. All views of mountains and valleys were shrouded in fog like smoke. The drive to the trailhead is a long slow 12 miles of dusty forest service road. Potholes. After we got to the top we were greeted by all manner of flies. I'm glad I did the hike. From an exercise point of view it was great. Smoke, flies and long potholed road will keep me away in the future.

Natalie Carlson
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Hiking

took our dog up here last summer. beautiful hike but a lot longer then we thought it would be. the view from the top was phenomenal and we had a great panoramic view.

Mike Davis
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Snow on trail added to the challenge, which began about a mile into the hike. Only came across one group of 2 people the entire hike. Views from the Butte were as good as they get in the N. Cascades.

John McClung
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Awesome views of Mt Baker

Adam Gecewich
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Not an overly difficult hike until the end. It will challenge your will to finish but the reward is worth it

Carl Obermeier
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Hiking
First to Review

It's a little rough going towards the top, but the view makes it all worth it. Absolutely spectacular. Don't miss Blue Lake on your way back down.

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