McClellan Butte

North Bend, Washington

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Carved by glaciers, McClellan Butte is a prominent landmark along Interstate 90 between North Bend and Snoqualmie Pass. Heading east to the pass, look south of the highway for a sharp peak that resembles an eagle about to take flight. Though the trail has seen oodles of work in recent years, it is still brutally steep in most places, and there are precious few views to reward hikers until they almost reach the top. That said, it’s an excellent alternative to Mount Si, covering a nearly equal amount of miles and elevation gain, with the extra delight of significantly fewer crowds.

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"Carved by glaciers, McClellan Butte is a prominent landmark along Interstate 90 between North Bend and Snoqualmie Pass. Heading east to the pass, look south of the highway for a sharp peak that resembles an eagle about to take flight.

Though the trail has seen oodles of work in recent years, it is still brutally steep in most places, and there are precious few views to reward hikers until they almost reach the top. That said, it’s an excellent alternative to Mount Si, covering a nearly equal amount of miles and elevation gain, with the extra delight of significantly fewer crowds."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Season: Summer and fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Alpine Lakes Protection Society (ALPS), www.alpinelakes.org. Middle Fork Snoqualmie, www.midforkrocks.org. Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend Office, 42404 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045; (425) 888-1421; www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/ about-forest/offices/?cid=fsbdev 7_001660.
Local Maps: USGS Bandera
Driving Directions: Directions to McClellan Butte

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May 2018