Yellow Aster Butte-Tomyhoi Lake Trails

Glacier, Washington

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This trailhead accesses two trails that probably couldn’t be more different. Like it sounds, Yellow Aster Butte is a high rocky outcrop affording 360- degree manna-from-heaven mountain views and flanked by wildflower meadows liberally sprinkled with yellow asters (which aren’t actually asters but rather daisies). Tomyhoi Lake, on the other hand, is at the bottom of a wooded valley between two mountains. If you’re a mountain-vista lover, head for Yellow Aster Butte; if you want to fish or camp by a peaceful mountain lake, head for Tomyhoi Lake.
A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area

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A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area

by Mike McQuaide (Falcon Guides)

This trailhead accesses two trails that probably couldn’t be more different. Like it sounds, Yellow Aster Butte is a high rocky outcrop affording 360- degree manna-from-heaven mountain views and flanked by wildflower meadows liberally sprinkled with yellow asters (which aren’t actually asters but rather daisies).

Tomyhoi Lake, on the other hand, is at the bottom of a wooded valley between two mountains. If you’re a mountain-vista lover, head for Yellow Aster Butte; if you want to fish or camp by a peaceful mountain lake, head for Tomyhoi Lake.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Summer-Fall
Local Contacts: Mount Baker National Recreation Area
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Shuksan 14
Driving Directions: Directions to Yellow Aster Butte-Tomyhoi Lake Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

8/13/2007
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This trail is a good mix of forest and open meadow with a good payoff of a good all round view of the North Cascades from the top including Baker ( no close glacier views however) . No deep streams to worry about. A significant portion of the 2400 foot rise occurs immediately from the trail head through the forest and so there is little time to warm up! This year in mid August the intermediate bowl below the final plateau below the butte was snow covered and the flowers were late( previous year in full bloom and no snow above)Care needed on the bowl as the snow melts especially at the edges where the snow is melting below creating weak edges. The final 200-300 foot to the summit is a sharp steep rise on grass - could be slippy in rain . On the return the main issue is the steep bottom trail through the woods when the knees are getting sore(though good shade from hot sun in the late afternoon . A good work out - not a gentle stroll. Takes about 2.5 hours up and 2 hours down. Road up to trail head ok even for rental cars. Road above this trail-head to the Winchester mountain trail-head really required 4 wheel drive high SUV's



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