Park Butte Lookout

Area Status: Open
Park Butte Lookout

From this lookout Mt. Baker climbing parties appear as small dark figures dotting the ice and snow with the Twin View Sisters range, Glacier Peak, and Mt. Rainier on the horizon. The lookout was built in 1932 and Skagit Alpine Club volunteers maintain it. This lookout is available on a first-come-first–serve basis. There is no longer a toilet available at the lookout.  All waste is required to be packed out; free blue waste bags can be acquired either at the Sedro Woolley Ranger Station or at the trailhead when available.

The Park Butte lookout is located just inside the wilderness boundary.

Park Butte Trail #603

Detailed directions for accessing the Park Butte Trail

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At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: summer
Restrictions: The Park Butte Lookout is located within the Mt. Baker Wilderness and wilderness regulations apply.
  • Party size is limited to 12
  • Campfires are prohibited
Water: Water is available by melting snow. When snowpack is gone visitors will need to bring water.
Passes: A Recreation Pass is required for each vehicle parked at the trailhead.
Information Center: Call Mt. Baker Ranger District at 360-856-5700.

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 onto FS road 12. Travel 3.6 miles to the junction of FS road 13. Stay right and follow FS road 13 for 5.3 miles. The trailhead is at the end of FS road 13.

General Notes:

Toilet facilities at the lookout are seasonal. When toilets are not provided, please pack it out.

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  Area/Length : 
3.5 miles hiking distance to lookout

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  Elevation : 
Elevation gain from trailhead to lookout is 2,100 feet.