Trail #119 Blue Lake Butte


Blue Lake Area General map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity

Blue Lake Area General map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity. Sites include: Adams Fork Campground, Bishop Ridge Trail #272, Blue Lake Butte Trail #119, Blue Lake Creek Campground, Blue Lake Hiker Trail #274, Blue Lake Ridge Trail #271, Cat Creek Campground,
Hamilton Buttes Trail #118, Hamilton Peak Trail #109, North Fork Trail #122, and the River Trail #131.

Area Status: Not Cleared

The trail is open to motorcycle, hiker, horse and bicycle use. The trail receives heavy motorized use.

This trail climbs steadily from Forest Road 78 for 1 mile to a semi-open ridgetop where Mt. Adams and Hamilton Buttes can be seen. The trail continues to the junction with the more heavily used Blue Lake Ridge Trail #271 near Blue Lake.

The Blue Lake Butte Trail can be found on a 1917 forest map.  The trail was most likely built by sheepherders grazing their flocks through the area in the early 1900s.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/26/2018: Snow level approximately 3000'.
Restrictions: This trail is closed to ATV use.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood WA
Passes: Recreation pass not required at trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


From Randle, Washington travel south on State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Veer left in 1 mile at the Y of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25 for Follow Forest Road 23 for 17.5 miles then turn left onto Forest Road 21. Follow Forest Road 21 for 6.6 miles and turn left on Forest Road 78 for 4.9 miles and arrive at the trail on the left. 

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  Area/Length : 
3.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
4200' - 4600'


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