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Park Butte

North Cascades

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Hiked Aug 6, 2013

Type of Hike

Day hike
One of my favorite hikes! The views at the lookout and butte are absolutely amazing. Getting there is totally worth the effort. I would advise bringing a pair of sandals and poles to make the river crossing easy. You can either balance on the logs with poles or walk right through (of course in sandals, not your hiking boots) The switchbacks have one issue; there is a hornet’s nest about halfway through the switchbacks. People warned us, we thought we passed them and then bang…I got stung. We moved on fast and before you knew it we were at the junction of the Scott Paul Trail…we headed left up to Park Butte and within 10 minutes or so from the intersection, you begin to enter meadows… The stairs on the right (made out of rocks) are a worthy side trip up to the ridge line and glacial carved valley (about 15 minutes each way)…and there are some amazing camp spots up this side trip. We saved this trip for the return and pressed on to the Lookout. The trail was in excellent condition, there were some bugs out, but they never really bothered you. After enjoying the lookout, we headed to the tarns on the butte to enjoy lunch and views. On the return, we didn’t notice the hornets. This hike should be put on a must do on a nice clear day. If you want an early start, there are a few primitive campsites a few hundred yards before the trailhead. We didn’t spot any wildlife, however, on the trail 5 minutes up from the trailhead, we spotted what we believe was a mountain lion track