Yellow Aster Butte Trail

Boundary, Washington

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The focus of this book is wildflowers, but this hike is also spectacular in late summer or early fall when autumn colors appear and berries ripen. On a clear day the sky is deep blue, Mount Baker is at its best, and the meadows of Yellow Aster Butte are golden and dreamy. As for the flowers, there really aren’t any yellow asters—the “yellow asters” are daisies. In addition to lots of daisies look for purple asters, Indian paintbrush, fireweed, bistort, penstemon, mertensia, rosy spirea, lupine, and anemone. Go midweek if possible to avoid human bottlenecks on this popular trail.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

The focus of this book is wildflowers, but this hike is also spectacular in late summer or early fall when autumn colors appear and berries ripen. On a clear day the sky is deep blue, Mount Baker is at its best, and the meadows of Yellow Aster Butte are golden and dreamy.

As for the flowers, there really aren’t any yellow asters—the “yellow asters” are daisies. In addition to lots of daisies look for purple asters, Indian paintbrush, fireweed, bistort, penstemon, mertensia, rosy spirea, lupine, and anemone. Go midweek if possible to avoid human bottlenecks on this popular trail.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Boundary
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Hikable: July through October, Best flowers: July through August
Local Contacts: Glacier Public Service Center
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 14 Mount Shuksan
Driving Directions: Directions to Yellow Aster Butte Trail

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