Yellow Aster Butte Trail

Boundary, Washington 98240

Yellow Aster Butte Trail

Yellow Aster Butte Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Find supreme wildflower gardens and a high-country plateau speckled with shimmering tarns—but that’s not all. Spectacular alpine vistas abound too—of Baker, Shuksan, and all those rugged and craggy peaks straddling the 49th parallel. Yellow Aster Butte may be a misnomer (those yellow-petaled delights are actually daisies), but you definitely don’t want to miss hiking here.

Sharing a start with the Tomyhoi Lake Trail, begin on a steep course alternating between cool old-growth forest and warm brushy avalanche slopes. Views out to Goat Mountain and big ol’ Baker aren’t bad from the brushy openings. Shortly after entering the Mount Baker Wilderness, the grade thankfully eases up. The tread remains excellent, the result of a lot of volunteer work over the years on this heavily traveled trail."

Yellow Aster Butte Trail Reviews

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Trailhead is 12 miles past Glacier Center , contrary to the "just beyond" description in the Trail Guide. It is immediately past the WADOT facility. Not much room at the trailhead- have to turn around and park alongside the logging trail that brought you there. But there are swarms of blackflies: luckily they fall away as soon as you get moving. Gain 1600 ft in the first mile plus, then the views start. Still plenty of wildflowers at August 13 06: paintbrush in groups the most colorful. If you come back south via SR 9 somewhere around VanZandt there,s a general store with great icecream: choc mint chip and expresso explosion stood out

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,550 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
July– mid-Oct
3,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,150 feet
Top Elevation
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Glacier Public Service Center, or Mount Baker Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Shuksan No. 14
Local Maps

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Jul 2018