McClellan Butte Trail 1015


Enter the forest and climb 0.2 miles, crossing an unpaved road servicing Bonneville power lines and a trail junction. Turn left and follow the road approximately 0.7 miles, crossing Alice Creek over an old a concrete culvert.  A switchback and a climbing traverse ascend the embankment of the former Milwaukee Road Railroad, built in 1908 and abandoned in 1980. It is now part of the John Wayne Trail.  Cross the John Wayne Trail at milepost 1.0 and continue up the trail, crossing Forest Service Road 9020 at milepost 1.9. Cross the road and continue.

The trail gets steep and switchbacks through woods revealing peak-a-boo views of the valley and surrounding peaks. At approximately milepost 4.5 cross a ridge to the west side of the peak and see views of the Cedar River Watershed and eventually Seattle and Puget Sound.

Traverse the west-facing slopes to a saddle and viewpoint just below the summit ridge at approximately 5.4 miles. The viewpoint at the end of the trail is a good place to stop and enjoy the scenery of the Snoqualmie Valley stretched out below. From the end of the trail, a short exposed scramble leads to the summit of McClellan Butte. Use extreme caution if you climb the rocks to the summit, they are slippery when wet and a fall could be fatal.

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At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Restrictions: No stock or bicycles above the Iron Horse Trail.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at McClellan Butte Trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend Office at 425-888-1421.

General Information


I-90 to exit #42 (Tinkham Road). Turn right (south) at the stop sign, cross the S. Fork Snoqualmie River. Travel .3 of a mile on gravel FS Road #55. Turn right at the McClellan Butte trailhead sign. Trailhead is at the end of the road.

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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
1500 feet - 5162 feet