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Park Butte Lookout Trail is a 7.2 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.

Length 7.2 mi Elevation gain 2,020 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Camping

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Horseback riding

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

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Getting There

NOTE: During the winter, this is a Washington State Snopark - for snowmobiling. While hiking/snowshoeing is always allowed in this area, visitors must share the roads with snowmobilers. Also, the road leading to the trailhead may be closed depending on conditions. Please check the US Forest Service's website for more information. 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.

Northwest Forest Pass required from May 1 through Oct 31 at the trailhead. Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required November 1 through April 30 at the Trailhead. There is a large parking lot and a vault toilet at the trailhead.

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Sedro-Woolley: Travel east along State Highway 20 to County Road 11. Take County Road 11 north to County Road 12 and then County Road 13 to the trailhead at the end of the road.

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Emma Orness
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HikingIcyRockySnow

The view and tarns are worth every step!! I absolutely love this hike and would do it again in an instant! The scenery is very diverse and beautiful. Mt Baker adds to the stunning views and even though the lookout seems a bit sketch, it is worth it. Definitely bring •snacks •sunglasses •sunblock •swimsuit

Autumn Sanders
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HikingMuddySnow

Did this two days ago and it was incredible!! I would definitely recommend micro spikes and poles, there’s still a ton of snow! Very easy to lose the trail so have gps or download the map!

Sasha Aleksandrovich
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Hiking

Perfect conditions: high boots+poles+clear sky = great hike

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Myles Barbula
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HikingSnow

Great hike overall. On a normal sunny day the snow probably wouldn’t be a huge problem. I’d highly recommend micro spikes to get through the snow fields that start roughly 2mi into the hike. Yesterday, 27Jun, was cloudy and rainy, it made the visibility very low and snow slushy (foot prints didn’t stay too long). Wouldn’t have made it without a GPS. I’d rate as a Hard due to the significant amount of snow.

Ray Chumley
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailOver grownRockySnow

Was a pretty hard hike, when the fog rolled in and I couldn’t see anything. But so rewarding too.

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Dirk Bokeloh
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HikingMuddyOff trailRockySnow

My wife and I had an adventure on this hike. We laughed, we cried, we definitely lost 10 pounds. On a normal day I’d say this is a moderate level hike however, there is a TON of snow which provided a hefty workout. We had to use gps to make sure we were on the trail because the snow was piled so high. Visibility on the second half of the hike was very low as well since the mist and clouds were moving through. With all of the snow I’d rate this hike as hard. Do NOT do this hike if you aren’t fit. We did make it up to the fire lookout/lodge and even with the mist covering things up it was beautiful. We will be coming back in September when there’s less snow to see if we can see any good views. Overall we absolutely recommend this hike, but if you’re going anytime soon, make sure you’ve got gps available so you don’t get lost and bring your hiking poles (we did ok without spikes).

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Noah Ragone
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HikingSnow

Just camped it. The solid snow line starts about 2 miles in all the way to the lookout. A little slushy but just follow the previous footprints.

Noah Mayfield
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Hiked to the lookout 6/25. With all the snow this moderate hike kicked my butte!

Thomas Grunwald
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WHAT. A. HIKE. This is a must hike for sure. it's a tough hike to do the top but your rewarded with views of snowy peaks in every direction. crossing the river in the beginning can be quite tricky. we walked up the big pile of rocks for a bit to find an easier route to cross. on the way back we went a little downstream from the trail where some trees were laid across to walk across. after crossing the river. the trail gets pretty hidden by snow. so make sure you have a good sense of where to go because we got lost for a bit due to no trail. once you get past the trees though you can see the lookout tower and that'll guide you the rest of the way. Microspikes weren't needed but would have helped.

Lauren Cramp
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HikingBridge outRockySnow

The snow is starting to melt but there is still quite a bit on the incline and it completely covered the top half of the trail. We also had to find an alternate route to cross the river which took a while. But we were able to make it to the top and the views were amazing! Definitely going to go back.

Raleigh Waters
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Bella Blue Evans
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HikingMuddySnow

Took 4 1/2 hours. Very up kept. Had to park 0.2 from the trailhead because of snow. Cutest lookout I’ve ever been too. Great for staying the night!

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Samuel Wightman
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Snow

Was unable to even start the hike at the trailhead. There is still about 4ft of snow on the trail, and snow on the road 2 miles away from the trail that is impassable in your car. I'm sure it's a great trail, and I'll go this summer to check it out.

Candace Fields
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[Hiked August 19th, 2019] This hike is in my top 5 favorites I've ever completed. We started the hike pretty late in the day, probably around 4:30pm and finished just as the sun set. Having to hike back to the car in the dark wasn't so bad, although the temperature dropped significantly more than we expected. The first portion of the trail, probably about the first 0.75 miles, was nice with a slight incline. We passed over a large stream. There was a foot bridge that only allowed one person to cross at a time. After that, the climb gets intensely steep with several long switchbacks. It probably stays that way until a little over a mile in to the hike. Once you've finished those switchbacks, you are able to see the first bits of Mt. Baker. the views are absolutely stunning all the way through. There were definitely a lot of other people on the trail but it felt pretty dispersed and wild. The last meadows before the ascent to the lookout were jaw dropping. The hard climb to the lookout was very steep and a bit tricky at the end. Overall, a moderate-hard hike with an insanely great payoff. We didn't get a chance to stay overnight at the lookout but there were folks occupying it with a few tents sprinkled nearby. 10/10, would do again.

Jae Cohen
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HikingSnow

Hiked 11-26-19 3-4” of snow on road about .5 mile from parking lot. Trail is covered in snow with boot pack until the next snow. Streams are easy to cross. Lookout is open. Great hike and good views of Baker

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