Chester Butte Wildlife Area

Chelan, Washington 98816

Chester Butte Wildlife Area

Chester Butte Wildlife Area Professional Review and Guide

"This area was one of the most recent additions to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s inventory of protected wildlife habitat lands. It is also one of the most important pieces of protected wildlife habitat in the state.

Chester Butte Wildlife Area contains some of the last habitat in Washington for the desert sage grouse. This bird, a native of the area, is now rare in the Northwest, and the smallish population in the Chester Butte area might be the largest, most vital population in the entire state. What’s more, the Chester Butte addition to the state wildlife area inventory helps protect the last wild population of northern pygmy rabbits in the state (perhaps as few as ten to fourteen individuals)."

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Trail Information

Chelan
Nearby City
5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
May through November
Season
2,185 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,394 feet
Top Elevation
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Contacts
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Banks Lake
Local Maps