Trail #118 Hamilton Buttes


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

This trail is open to motorcycles, hikers, horses and bicycles.

The trail starts on Forest Road 78 and climbs to the junction with the Hamilton Ridge Trail #109A, then ends a little further to the north, at the junction with the Blue Lake Butte Trail #119 and the Yoozoo Trail #276.  Time it right and you will be surrounded by wildflowers and huckleberries.

This trail was once used by fire lookouts on their way to their solitary post. The trail, mainly used by trailbikes, joins with the Valley Trail #270 to the south and ties in to the north with the Blue Lake Butte Trail #119, Yozoo Trail #276 and Hamilton Peak Trail #109. On the south end, the Hamilton Buttes Trail climbs through scattered old growth and second growth forests before entering open fields on top where you get views of Mt. Adams and the Cispus River. The trail follows the ridge through several open meadows.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/26/2018: Snow level approximately 3000'.
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Closed to ATV use.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
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. 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 .7 miles and arrive at the trail on the right. 

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  Area/Length : 
6.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
3000 - 5200


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