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

hiking
12 days 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!