Park Butte Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Whatcom County, Washington. It is within Mount Baker National Recreation Area. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 3,355 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,550 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms. Along the trail there are woods. The trail ends near the Park Butte Lookout observation tower and Park Butte (elevation 5,384 feet).
Park Butte Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This beautiful parklike setting on the south flank of Mount Baker has a lot to explore. Wildflowers spill into creeks along the trail. An ancient dome of ice grinds into the andesitic rock of Mount Baker to the north of the lookout.
Hanging glaciers cap the lustrous yellow of the Twin Sisters. Sit among wildflowers and tarns, climb to the summit of Park Butte, or ramble the Railroad Grade Moraine to the snout of Easton Glacier. If you tire of the crowds, take the long way home on the Scott Paul Trail."
--Oliver Lazenby , Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides).
"One of the most spectacular settings in the entire North Cascades, Park Butte provides unsurpassed views of the snowy volcano Baker as well as inviting and outstanding high country that begs to be explored. The historical fire lookout, one of the few remaining in these parts, teeters on the edge of a craggy knoll offering Imax-like showings of Washington’s third-highest summit. Come here in summer and play in fields of snow. Come in autumn and roam through fields scorched in crimson. But try to come on a weekday, for the crowds are legion at Park Butte, one of the top hiking destinations in the Northwest."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
"Hike to a historic ?re lookout teetering on the edge of a craggy knoll for an Imax-like showing of Washington’s third-highest summit. Aside from unsurpassed views of snow-shrouded Mount Baker, marvel at the outstanding surrounding high country dotted with tarns and begging to be explored. Come in summer and play in ?elds of snow. Come in autumn and roam through crimson ?elds. But try to come during the week, for crowds are legion at Park Butte, located in the 8000-acre Mount Baker National Recreation Area (NRA)."
--Craig Romano, 100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"Built in 1933 and used for fire surveillance until the early 1960s, the Park Butte Lookout is not only maintained and open to the public but also available for camping on a first-come, first-served basis. With the icy south flank of Mount Baker just 2 air miles away to the north and the rust-colored Twin Sisters Range just 4 miles to the west, this truly is a room with a view, as well as just a neat hiking destination. (Interestingly, in the mid-1970s when there was fear of a Mount Baker eruption, the lookout became an observatory for volcano monitors.)"
--Mike McQuaide, A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area (Falcon Guides).
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