Kelly Butte Trail (#1031)

MODERATE 24 reviews

Kelly Butte Trail (#1031) is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lester, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1112 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This trip is to an old U.S. Forest service lookout. The door is unlocked so you can go in and get out of the elements. Go in sign the book and pack out your trash so this lookout remains a place hikers will want to return to for years to come. The view from this lookout is a 360 degree view with Mt. Rainier being the highlight but on a good day you can see forever.

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1 month ago

beautiful trail with spectacular views! would do it again and again!

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1 month ago

The sights right now are amazing! Wildflowers at their best! Don't let the 3 miles throw you off as not being worth it. Trails are very narrow, so watch your step. A great little jaunt, good workout, epic views and cool people :) loved meeting the volunteers at the fire watch cabin.

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1 month ago

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9 months ago

This is awesome hike with beautiful views. I can not consider this trail as easy because of second part is very steep, so be prepared. And don't miss original trail once finish first simple part, otherwise you need to climb up, what is not very safe. If you see rope - you are on wrong way, go back 100 feet and see original trail. I will attach all the photos.
So, hike is excellent, go for it.

10 months ago

This was an awesome Trail, very steep.

11 months ago

11 months ago

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11 months ago

excellent views!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Follow the directions on the WTA site, Google maps will send you the wrong way! Follow the trail along an old road until you come to an opening with Mount Rainier in your face and a small "trail" sign on the right. The incline becomes very steep at this point as you switchback up, all the while enjoying incredible views of Rainier and the surrounding peaks. Might be best to leave strong willed dogs (from experience), small children, or anyone afraid of heights at home. The steep section is mostly loose dirt and rocks, so take care especially on the way down. After the switchbacks, you will meander through brush and wild flowers. Keep following the narrow, often overgrown pathway until you come to a short, but steep area to the top of the ridge line and the fire lookout building will come into view.
I saw 2 people and their dogs at the lookout, but didn't pass anyone else the entire hike. The 360 views were amazing! My only complaint was being swarmed with massive flies at the top. I also saw 2 marmots along the way, who called back and forth to each other as my dog and I approached.
Overall, awesome, short hike with beautiful views!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wildflowers were beautiful

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Moderate elevation, short distance, wildflowers, 360° views at the top and just beautiful scenery going up made this hike a keeper. I'll use this hike when I'm short on time but still wanting a full featured hike.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Love it!! Not too hard, great for huckleberry picking later in the year. Great views from the lookout on top.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Nice hike. Easy enough to get to, ~15 miles of service road to drive on. Only one other group there when we got to trailhead, which is marked clearly. Follow directions precisely, as there are a few turns onto different FS roads you'll need to navigate. The hike up was easy enough, there is a scramble where the old trail is. We failed to see the new trail sign and made our way up the scramble, where an old rope has been tied to help you up. Then on the way down we saw the signs for the new trail with an nice path up, whoops! Anyways, steady hike up. Short and sweet but once you get to the top the views are great! Make sure to go on a clear day. The fire lookout has been newly renovated and there are some neat books inside to read up on the history of Rainier.etc. I would do this hike again on a clearer day, for sure. Even with minimal clouds, though, the panoramic views were well worth it.