Buttes Loop

Trout Lake, Washington

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This 15-mile loop begins with 5 miles on Squaw Butte Trail, which is a singletrack in some places and an old doubletrack in others. It starts with a moderately difficult mile-long climb around the southern flank of Squaw Butte. This rise contains 0.2 mile of steep climbing. The trail levels out and begins a long descent that is both thrilling and technical. Erosion has created ditchlike conditions- there are steep drop-offs, rocks, and menacing roots. The last part of the trail involves easy to moderately difficult climbs as well as level riding. There are some pummy sections of trail in the last quarter mile. The remainder of the circuit is on gravel and paved roads that are evenly split between ups and downs. There are a couple of demanding, sustained climbs. The second is steeper and leads to the summit of West Twin Butte. A short hike through thick brush takes you to the remains of an old lookout. The view is panoramic; Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Goat Rocks, and Sawtooth Mountain are prominent. The loop ends with a 2.3-mile descent back to your vehicle. A great mix of roads and trails. Scenery: Panoramic views of big mountains from West Twin Butte.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 15-mile loop begins with 5 miles on Squaw Butte Trail, which is a singletrack in some places and an old doubletrack in others. It starts with a moderately difficult mile-long climb around the southern flank of Squaw Butte. This rise contains 0.2 mile of steep climbing. The trail levels out and begins a long descent that is both thrilling and technical. Erosion has created ditchlike conditions- there are steep drop-offs, rocks, and menacing roots. The last part of the trail involves easy to moderately difficult climbs as well as level riding. There are some pummy sections of trail in the last quarter mile.

The remainder of the circuit is on gravel and paved roads that are evenly split between ups and downs. There are a couple of demanding, sustained climbs. The second is steeper and leads to the summit of West Twin Butte. A short hike through thick brush takes you to the remains of an old lookout. The view is panoramic; Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Goat Rocks, and Sawtooth Mountain are prominent. The loop ends with a 2.3-mile descent back to your vehicle. A great mix of roads and trails. Scenery: Panoramic views of big mountains from West Twin Butte.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 2,236 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: July through October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,760 feet
Top Elevation: 4,716 feet
Local Contacts: Mt. Adams Ranger District, 509-395-2501
Local Maps: Mt. Adams Ranger District, district map; USGS 7.5: Lone Butte.
Driving Directions: Directions to Buttes Loop

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