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Park Butte

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Meadows, look out, 360 degree views of Baker, Twin Sisters and Cascades
Near:Sedro Woolley, WA
Distance:7.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:2222 ft
Hike Time:4.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: The bridge over Rock Creek was washed out in the floods last fall in 2003. The creek has changed paths and now is a muddy river a bit further on. When we crossed at noon, it was swift, muddy and just below our knees. Coming back at 7:30 pm, it was over our knees and rather scary. Otherwise, this is an awesome hike that pictures cannot do justice. Take water shoes or sandals and hiking poles to be safe over the crossing.
Trailhead: From Sedro Woolley, drive east on Hwy 20 to the Baker Lake turn off. Go left and follow this road 12.5 miles to the South Fork Nooksack Road/Forest Service Road 12. Turn left and 3.5 miles to the Sulphur Creek Road/Forest Service Road 13. From here it is about 6 miles to the trailhead. Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead. (Lat:48.70709 Lon:-121.81255)
Trail Guides for Park Butte:
Pacific Northwest Hiking
by Ron C. Judd & Dan A. Nelson  (Foghorn Press)

Day Hike North Cascades
by Mike McQuaide  (Sasquatch Books)

Hiking Whatcom County
by Ken Wilcox  (NW Wild Books)

Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Mount Baker Ranger District in Sedro Woolley 360-856-5700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Robbie Hochreiter, who has posted  24 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by rl on 8/24/2013
Did this on Wed. and had the most spectacular day of weather and scenery. A little strenuous, but well worth every step and drop of sweat. Trail was in good condition.

Reviewed by David on 8/29/2012
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Reviewed by D.S. on 4/15/2012
Great hike/snow shoe. The snow melts completely from the trail around late June. Before then, for the more serious minded folk who want a fun filled challenge this a great snow shoe route. However, if you have never hiked the trail before this is not recommended. Easy to get lost. The best great thing in the winter is that you have it all to yourself. I hope I don't regret writing this and encourage to many others. There is several great opportunities on the way down to lean back on your shoes and go for fast descent down the hillside.

Reviewed by Sharon on 8/21/2008
Wonderful hike even though it was a very hot day. We started at 3 pm and those coming down warned us that Rocky Creek was running high. We chose to cross the creek on a skinny log instead of wading (see photos of creek crossing at, and everyone in the group did just fine, though poles proved helpful. The trail is in excellent condition and the views are outstanding once Morovitz Meadow is reached at about 2 miles.

Reviewed by MJS on 8/11/2005
great views

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