Kelly Butte Trail (#1031)

MODERATE 28 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
1076 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

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1 month ago

Small amount of snow towards the top.

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3 months ago

I give this 4 stars because the views were incredible. Don't miss the trail sign taking pictures of Mt. Rainier or you'll be on your hands and knees climbing up a rocky wash. If you're looking for that challenge then this is the only part of the trail you'll enjoy, otherwise the rest of it is super easy to the point I'd rate this trail easy rather than moderate. It's a decent drive and a 4x4 SUV is your best option. Other than that there were friendly people, moderately trafficked.

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5 months ago

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

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5 months 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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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

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.

Monday, October 03, 2016

This was an awesome Trail, very steep.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sunday, September 04, 2016

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Monday, August 22, 2016

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!