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Yellow Aster Butte Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Deming, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 2,522 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Getting There

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov Link to Forest Service website with trail info: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recarea/?recid=17578

Directions from Glacier: Follow the Mt. Baker Hwy. 542 east for 12 miles to Forest Road #3065 (Twin Lakes Road). The road is located on the left hand side of the highway just beyond the Department of Transportation's Shuksan maintenance facility. Turn left on Twin Lakes Road and continue approximately 5 miles to the Tomyhoi Lake/Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead. Parking is plentiful at the trailhead and a toilet is also available.

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Charley Fraser
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Hiking

This one felt way longer than it actually was. Not to say it wasn’t worth it. 360 degree view from the top that is nothing less than rewarding and worth it. Very open on the second half of the hike with lots of sunshine, assuming you go on a nice day.

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Ann Marler
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HikingMuddySnow

Still a lot of snow, but definitely possible to get to the top. Lots of great wildflowers right at the beginning! Out-and-back is closer to 8 miles.

Lauren Johnston
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Tried this today and had to turn around half way because of the snow.

Lori Pimental
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HikingIcySnow

We did this trail in October 2019 and it was easily one of my favorite hikes of the year. The last quarter mile is pretty steep to get to the peak - we used micro spikes because it was covered in snow when we went. But holy cow the top was incredible. Sweeping panoramic views of the Canadian border peaks, Mount Baker, and Mount Larrabee. If getting up that last quarter mile is too steep for you, there’s a great spot that opens up to look at Mount Baker right before that last climb starts - we parked it there after coming down from the top and enjoyed some lunch. The dog also came with us and was absolutely loving it!

Shruti Singh
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HikingMuddySnow

If coming for fall, there is none left, only snow all the way through. The drive to trailhead is tricky as last 5-7miles was icy/snow on roads. Cannot stress enough to have microspikes,poles and also chains on tires. Gorgeous sunny day to see Baker though.

Veronica Tanner
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Hiking

Rating this hike based on my hike 2 weeks ago - beautiful! But tried to get there again today not realizing it had dumped snow earlier this week. The snow really started getting to be an issue 3 miles into the forest service road. We decided to turn around and come back, as 1) our car is tiny and 2) we hadn’t come prepared for a hike fully in snow (2 weeks ago it was fine save for the top 1/3). Make sure you’ve got a good vehicle and your snow gear from here on out!

Pengyao Jiang
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HikingMuddy

Perfect weather! Awesome fall color and view of mount baker etc!! Totally worth it!!

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Katja Burrough
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Hiking

About 8 miles round trip. Lots of fall color. We hiked through snow and at the top the clouds cleared briefly to reveal beautiful views. Muddy spots on trail, slushy spots as well. Great hike. Fairly crowded even on a foggy, rainy, snowy day. Road up has some potholes and rocks to avoid.

Karla Veum
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HikingMuddySnow
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Joel Underwood
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

Mud, mud, snow, sun, mud, mud. What a beautiful day. Every type of weather. Then at the top. The clouds broke open and it was so amazing.

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Roman Nilov
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Hiking

On 10/1/19 the trail conditions are good with only small areas of mud and one area of snow/ice on the trail. Most of the trail is dry and had beautiful fall colors with a light dusting of snow. About an 8 mile round trip trail. Lots of blueberries! Saw some cool birds up at the top, some hawks were circling. Access road (5 miles) isn't great but manageable, I got up there on my street motorcycle, just take your time. Overall a great experience! Hikers, please pick up yours and your dog's waste!

Andy Lin
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HikingMuddy

A little bit snow plus beautiful sky and cloud, if you down to the lake will get amazing reflects photo.

Cheryl Chow
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HikingMuddySnow
Kseniya Soldatenko
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Hiking

Not hard trail. Would do it again! The weather was sunny that day. Although it's Monday, there were plenty of people of the trail. The last climbing part required some microspikes. It was doable without them but I felt safer and more comfortable walking with them. Still some blueberries on the trail. The trail suggests nice variety of views and great rewarding view at the top. As soon as you get to the top, the trail continues for about 1/2 hour along the ridge to another peak. From that peak you will see the Tomyhoi Lake. That part involves a lot of scrambling - we didn't do that. Want to try this trail in summer with the flowers. Although fall red and yellow bushes look amazing with the snow peaks and green trees.

She Likeshikes
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HikingMuddySnow
Carol Guan
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HikingMuddySnow

Completed on 9/28/2019 Saturday. The last 5 miles to the trail head is a bit rough with potholes and gravels yet manageable. Parking by the roadside. The trail is actually more popular than expected; encountered quite a few groups on both ways. Saw some people picking out the blueberries by the trail too. Going in this season, watch out the snow; bring trek poles and micro spikes. The trail condition is good; from the beginning it needs some level of climbing but overall not difficult. The last 0.2 mile to the butte top is steep, with snow it can be a bit slippery. Yesterday it was snowy and cloudy but the view was still very stunning. The colors were hidden under the thin layer of snow on the way to the butte but the snow was pretty much melted on the way back. You can see the lakes, mountains and colors of fall with winter snow altogether. Pretty unique. Recommended to go for sure.

Inguma Itzal
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HikingBugs

Road up to Trailhead is full of potholes, be careful. My dog was attacked by yellow jackets on this trail, but otherwise it was a great hike. Lots of berries and mushrooms along the trail and spectacular views. I didn't find the trail to be extremely difficult. Also, parking may be tough.

Pat Crouch
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Hiking

First 1.9 miles are pretty tough, Oyster Dome tough but, after that it is very manageable. This trail has amazing vistas and is a must do!

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Kristina Grundmanis
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trail
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