Dock Butte Trail 604.1


Baker Lake

Begin at the trailhead for Blue Lake Trail 604 and follow the trail for 0.2 miles to the junction for Dock Butte.  The trail to the left leads to Blue Lake. Turn right and follow the trail 1.5 miles to the site of an abandoned fire lookout at 5,210 feet. The building was burned in 1964. The last .5-miles is moderately steep and exposed.

The view from Dock Butte offers a 360-degree panorama of the North Cascade range. Dock Butte sits on the national forest boundary; to the north is federal land, to the south is state and private ownership.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required December-April at the Mt. Baker NRA Sno-Park on FS road 12.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer / Fall
Restrictions: Hiker only.
Water: Carry drinking water, as there is none available at the lookout site.
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead. Mountain toilet near lake.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Blue Lake/Dock Butte Trailhead.
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 the Baker Lake Highway for 12 miles to FS road 12 and turn left. At 7 miles turn left on FS road 1230. The trailhead and parking area are located in 4 miles at the end of the road.

General Notes:


  • Green Trails: Hamilton 45, Mt. Baker Wilderness Climbing 13S
  • Forest Service:  Mt. Baker Ranger District Wilderness 
  • USGS: Baker Pass

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  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
3900 feet