Blue Lake/ Dock Butte Trail

Grassmere, Washington

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Two short hikes that can be served together or enjoyed à la carte. The azure waters of Blue Lake sitting pretty in a talus- and meadow-ringed cirque will wash your blues away. Or see what’s up, Dock. From this former lookout site, bask in the beauty of Mount Baker. One of the best viewing points from the south of the colossal volcano, Dock Butte packs the same meadow magic and alpine splendor as Park Butte but with a fraction of the crowds.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Two short hikes that can be served together or enjoyed à la carte. The azure waters of Blue Lake sitting pretty in a talus- and meadow-ringed cirque will wash your blues away. Or see what’s up, Dock.

From this former lookout site, bask in the beauty of Mount Baker. One of the best viewing points from the south of the colossal volcano, Dock Butte packs the same meadow magic and alpine splendor as Park Butte but with a fraction of the crowds.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grassmere
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Mid-June–mid-Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 3,800 feet
Top Elevation: 5,210 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Hamilton No. 45
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Lake/ Dock Butte Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/29/2008
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I made the trip out to Blue Lake with just my 11 month son first, I loved it so much I took my wife and 14 year old daughter three days later. The lake is a very easy hike and we will return with the whole family next year for some overnight stays. there are some excellent campsites that beg to be stayed at. after an hour or two of relaxing and blueberry gorging, we attempted the Dock Butte Trail, but it is much more difficult. We only made it about 3/4 the way, to the base of the final climb. But it was worth the trip. We saw Bear scat and some clear paw prints in the middle of the trail, but missed the bear himself somehow.



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