Dock Butte Trail

HARD 18 reviews
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Dock Butte Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Concrete, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,181 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

17 days ago

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.

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17 days ago

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!

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2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Fabulous view!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Awesome views of Mt Baker

Friday, August 12, 2016

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

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

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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