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rocky
1 month ago

We all had fun hiking this short but sweet trail. My 6 year-old nephew finished it just fine. He was afraid of some steep, narrow sections of the trail but nothing a holding hand can't solve. The drive to the trailhead was a lil bit tricky in a sense that Google maps' location of Kelly Butte Trailhead is not accurate. I'd advise going on WTA website and read their instructions on how to get there (we set our odometer at the location WTA specified to start keeping track of mileage reading and followed the instruction). Made it just fine in our sedan, although we did drive really slow as the road is washboard with some potholes that we did have to drive around. Our friends' SUV did it just fine though. It was cloudy when we got to the lookout, but still very much enjoyable, such a pretty hike with a variety of terrain and views. We all loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

Start: 9:25a; @lookout: 10:15a Awesome hike. First one up today. Like most have said, the rocky, narrow, and rapid switchbacks at the trail start surprised me. I didn't have any issues, but I under assumed how quickly you will traverse up the face of the butte face (about 600-700 ft per 0.5 mi). lol. No wildlife, just some bumble bees buzzing around pollinating. Took me 50 minutes to get to the lookout, and 40 min back down. I posted some pics. NOTE: If you use Google maps to get to the trailhead, be cautious, as it may take you down the wrong forestry roads. Just remember ALWAYS stay on NF 7030 (not 7032 or 7034). As you get closer it will become 7030-3. Overall road condition is good for any vehicle.

hiking
1 month ago

Didn't make it to the top due to storm rolling in.

walking
1 month ago

The trail was in good shape as was the road. it was alot tougher than I thought it would be however the views were amazing. My dogs loved it too and tired them out something good.

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rocky
2 months ago

Outstanding hike! Mt. Rainier was right in your face for 3/4 of the hike & the surrounding vegetation was gorgeous. Wild flowers are popping out, no snow around the trail, but a hit if it in the shade off trail places. The view from the lookout is AMAZING

2 months ago

Road was clear to the trail head and conditions of road were great! Couple washboard areas but no problems. The last part of the trail had snow on it but nothing too deep or unmanageable. I was wearing tennis shoes and by feet stayed dry. It was kind of cloudy today so we didnt have a view, but the hike was great!

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scramble
snow
2 months ago

The trail is heavily used, there was a bit of snow on top but nothing that will stop you from complete the trail. The down side is that you can hear all the gun shots during the hike and sometimes it can be overwhelming.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, great views.

hiking
3 months ago

We tried getting up to the trail head 5/12/19, but snow stopped us right before the first T . Was bummed. Will try again in a couple weeks.

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muddy
snow
3 months ago

Hard packed snow on the higher elevated forestry roads, my non AWD vehicle couldn't make it up to the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

12/10/2018 Lots of snow; knee deep and yellow in some places now. Missed a few turns on the way up due to having no clue where the path was and my boyfriend thinking he’s Lewis and Clark status. Made it to the top of Kelly Butte hill, but not the lookout. Will return in the spring.

8 months ago

can only get to about 1.5 miles from the trailhead with four-wheel drive there is quite a bit of icy packed snow. went on a really beautiful day and was not disappointed by the views just a little bummed that I didn't get to complete the hike

hiking
9 months ago

11/10/18 We got to the trail around 10AM and we didn't see another person the entire time, until we were almost back to the car. It ended up being a beautiful, sunny day and the views were amazing. Well worth the trek up. As another person said, it's pretty easy to miss the sign that says trail. As soon as you walk out of the trees, there's a great opening to see Mt. Rainier and it's easy to get distracted and miss the small sign. Be sure to look behind you as you probably passed it. There is another trail if you continue walking straight, but from what I read, it's a bit more of a scramble. The trail was pretty narrow the entire way and there was already a light layer of snow. It was manageable without micro spike but there were a few slippery moments. As soon as you're out of the trees and start the switchbacks, that's where you feel the gain. It wasn't terrible, but I did have to take a few short breaks here and there (I'd say I'm about an average hiker). The closer we got to the top, the more snow started to appear. Probably a few inches already. I'd suggest when going down to at least have spikes or hiking poles, but that's me personally. Road conditions - there was already snow on the road and there were a few moments, mostly going downhill, that we slid a little bit. The road itself wasn't bad and parts of the drive were a bit exposed, so take your time. Google maps had us make a right turn about 6-8 miles(ish) (once we were on the dirt road) which had a pretty big pot hole, but it's not actually a road. It dead ends into woods a couple hundred feet up. Keep to the left/straight and it will meet up again with the road google tries to tell you to take. The parking lot to the trailhead isn't very big at all and you see a trail sign but there's no name to it.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome little one day hike. moderate for the kiddos. amazing views of all angles. Took my 6 and 10 year old this last weekend and they absolutely loved it. wild huckleberries on top for the tasting. I definitely recommend this hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Great shorter hike! We hiked on a cloudier day so visibility was limited. The huckleberries were so abundant! Two couples we staying overnight in the firelookout when we got there. The colors of fall were just starting to pop so it was beautiful to see!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

great hike with amazing views.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Such a great hike with so many beautiful views throughout! I took my 14 and 10 year old; they loved it as well. Really glad we went!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

love ! the view is amazing.This hike is a must every year!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Favorite hike to date! Gorgeous views

hiking
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Small amount of snow towards the top.

hiking
Friday, September 08, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

excellent views!

hiking
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!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wildflowers were beautiful

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