Buttes Loop

Trout Lake, Washington 98650

Buttes Loop

Buttes Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This 15-mile loop begins with 5 miles on Squaw Butte Trail, which is a singletrack in some places and an old doubletrack in others. It starts with a moderately difficult mile-long climb around the southern flank of Squaw Butte. This rise contains 0.2 mile of steep climbing. The trail levels out and begins a long descent that is both thrilling and technical. Erosion has created ditchlike conditions- there are steep drop-offs, rocks, and menacing roots. The last part of the trail involves easy to moderately difficult climbs as well as level riding. There are some pummy sections of trail in the last quarter mile.

The remainder of the circuit is on gravel and paved roads that are evenly split between ups and downs. There are a couple of demanding, sustained climbs. The second is steeper and leads to the summit of West Twin Butte. A short hike through thick brush takes you to the remains of an old lookout. The view is panoramic; Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Goat Rocks, and Sawtooth Mountain are prominent. The loop ends with a 2.3-mile descent back to your vehicle. A great mix of roads and trails. Scenery: Panoramic views of big mountains from West Twin Butte."

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Trail Information

Trout Lake
Nearby City
2,236 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
July through October
3,760 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,716 feet
Top Elevation
Mt. Adams Ranger District, 509-395-2501
Local Contacts
Mt. Adams Ranger District, district map; USGS 7.5: Lone Butte.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018