Park Butte Lookout Trail

MODERATE 59 reviews
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Park Butte Lookout Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Concrete, Washington that features a river 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 but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles
1961 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




horseback riding

nature trips






wild flowers

bridge out


Enjoy incredible views of Mt. Baker and its glaciers throughout the length of this trail. Start in the Mt. Baker National Recreation Area and quickly enter the lush Schriebers Meadow. The Scott Paul Trail junction is about 100 feet from the trailhead on the right. Continue past the junction and wander through waist-high huckleberries and the heather of Schriebers Meadow. This trail section has views of Survey Point to the east and is a great two-mile round trip for families. Next you will reach Rocky Creek and a challenging crossing during periods of heavy runoff. After the first mile climb and switchback through the forest, reaching the second junction with Scott Paul Trail 603.1. Stay left at the junction to continue along Park Butte Trail to Morovitz Meadows. The expansive views offered at the open meadows make this a popular rest spot. At the next junction stay left to go to the Park Butte Lookout. Cathedral Camp is near the next trail junction. Stay left at this junction for Park Butte. The trail levels out some and passes above picturesque Pocket Lake on the left. The last half-mile climbs steeply to the lookout at 5,400 feet elevation and enters the Mt. Baker Wilderness.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, but definitely bring micro spikes if you have them for the top! There are about 2-3 inches 4800 ft +.

4 months ago

Such a beautiful hike! So lucky to live in the PNW and have this in our backyard. There was quite a bit of snow at the top, so probably not many days left to do this hike this year.

5 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. The meadow and the views of Shuksan are breathtaking. Bring lots of water and be prepared for a 90% uphill slog. Worth it.

5 months ago

Diverse hike and amazing views. Camped about a mile down from the lookout. Plenty of berries along the trail. Will be sure to return someday.

5 months ago

Drive up was beautiful. Deep slushy thigh-deep snow prevented any hiking. All upper trails in same condition.

8 months ago

4 stars just for today. We went for hike today 5/28/2017 and the trail was covered deep in snow even before we reached the actual parking spot. Had to park a mile out on the gravel road. We hiked a bit but had to turn back. We will try again maybe mid summer or end.

10 months ago

Moderate hike with spectacular views! Can't wait to go back this summer!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Awesome hike!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wonderful views with relatively small effort. The grade was not overly steep and somewhat short. Almost seems like less than 7 miles. We were extremely impressed with the scenery! This is a must do hike.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The views are spectacular. The trail was in great shape. We did the hike on a Monday and there was very little traffic.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Now one of my favorites

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Great views, the trail was well maintained. Not too many bugs.

Friday, July 29, 2016


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This is one of my favorite trails because of the scenery. It took about 2-2.5 hours to get to the lookout and we stayed there for a while soaking in the sights. Dogs are allowed off leash as long as they are under voice control and don't bother the wildlife. Bring snacks for the top!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

This is a really great hike. We went to Railroad Grade. Probably easier than going to the lookout tower. Took us 2.5 hours because of our age.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Fabulous hike! This was my first time there. We stopped a few times to rest and we got there in 2hrs. We were the first there so we staked claim on staying overnight! We weathered a hail/thunder/lightning storm, saw the stars on a crystal clear night, and woke before sunrise to head back down. Next time we plan to incorporate a hike around Cathedral Crag, down Railroad Grade, and back on the Scott Paul Trail. Overall, this has been one of my favorite hikes on either Baker or Rainier!

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Beautiful hike into the Mt Baker area! There are tough parts of the hike near the end but overall it is pretty medium in difficulty. It took us 6 hours but we took lots of breaks and sight seeing. Saw one mountain goat about 2 miles in, across the valley on a rock face. The clouds never fully lifted off Baker once we were there but it was good enough to see the peak occasionally and briefly. Highly recommend this one! It was beautiful and very diverse in the landscapes you hike through.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Sunday, August 09, 2015

Great hike well maintained trail. Great views during entire hike, upper Meadow is an view when you break around bend.
Thank you work crews great trail because of you!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

We first hiked to Park Butte Lookout along the standard trail. However, on the way back we took a short detour to a great lunch spot that would have had an awesome view of Mt Baker had it been a clear day. I will attach a photo from a clear day last year. This year, we had to settle with seeing some of the glaciers sticking out below the clouds. Instead of going straight back to the trailhead, we turned left and hiked the Scott Paul Trail back. This made the whole hike a 13.2 mile loop. The Scott Paul trail had many views of Mt Baker from different perspectives and awesome forest trail sections. We had three water crossings. There were bridges across the first two, but the third one was wide and you had to find your way across on rocks. Would have been more difficult if we had hiked earlier in the year when the water was higher. On a clear day it would have been well worth the extra milage. A lot of people were on the Park Butte trail, but we only saw two others on the Scott Paul trail. There was a volunteer work crew doing maintenance on the Lookout. They are doing a great job!

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