Park Butte Trailhead


Provides access to: Park Butte Trail 603, Scott Paul Trail 603.1Railroad Grade Trail 603.2Bell Pass Trail 603.3.

This trailhead is the primary access point for Mt. Baker National Recreation Area.

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day from May 1 through October 31
Permit Info: Washington Snow Park Permit required November 1 through April 30
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Summer/Fall
  • The Park Butte lookout is inside the Mt. Baker Wilderness boundary. Wilderness regulations limit party size to 12 members, including stock or llama.
  • Mt. Baker National Recreation Area is open to snowmobiles when snow depth at the trailhead is at least 24 inches. Other motorized vehicles and bicycles are not permitted.
  • Camping in the National Recreation Area is allowed only in the designated camps.
  • No fires allowed in the National Recreation Area.
  • Camping or being in an area closed for rehabilitation is prohibited.
  • Passenger vehicles are prohibited from parking in the stock vehicle parking area Aug. 1 – Oct. 31. 
Closest Towns: Sedro-Woolley, Washington
Water: Treat all water
Restroom: vault toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment May 1 through October 31.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District, Sedro Woolley Office at 360-856-5700, extension 515. 

General Information


From the Mt. Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley, WA follow State Route 20 east for 16 miles to milepost 82. Turn left (north) on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road 11). Continue on at mile 12, turn left on Forest Service Road 12. Travel 3.6 miles to the junction of Forest Service Road 13. Stay to right and follow FS Road 13 for 5.3 miles. The trailhead is located at the end of FS Road 13. 


Passenger vehicles are prohibited from parking in the stock vehicle parking area from August 1 - October 31.

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