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Yellow Aster Butte Trail

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Yellow Aster Butte Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,522 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

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muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

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muddy
2 months ago

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

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

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.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
bugs
no shade
off trail
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Yellow Ester Butte Trail is a must do hike. The sights are spectacular a surprise every where you look. Loved the challenges in this hike but very doable! We completed the hike this morning didn’t run into too many people. By far my favorite hike so far!

My GPS must have quit working half-way up to the summit because all 3 trail apps shut down at the same spot. Anyway photos show we got to the top.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

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bugs
rocky
4 months ago

First backpacking trip! I loved it. We swam in the tarns, had views everywhere we looked, had lovely neighbors that were still camped pretty far away from us, and had a happy puppy. Mt Baker was showing off as it always does but so were the neighboring mountains. Bugs were more aggressive while you are hiking up to your camp spot but they were more manageable once you set up camp.

hiking
4 months ago

For me the most challenging part of the day’s hike was getting to and from the trailhead. And I’m not kidding. The dirt road leading to the trailhead is a minefield of big rocks and deep potholes. In my Prius it was a white knuckle ride the entire time. I never went more than 10 mph on that 5 mile dirt road. That being said, it was well worth it. Spectacular views from much of the trail. I personally would rate it a moderate hike since the ascent is rather gradual and for many portions flat. The last quarter mile is steep however. I had to turn around at this point since I didn’t trust that my old ACL/meniscus injury could handle the descent from the very top.

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