Area Status: Open

This trail begins at the Godman Guard Station and Campground and ends at Butte Creek. This trail is within Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness and is an access route to Rainbow Creek and Butte Creek.

West Butte Trail has many switchbacks and drops in elevation into Butte Creek. Once the traveler crosses Rainbow Creek, the trail evens out along the West Fork of Butte Creek. The trail ends at the junction with the East Butte Trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Cleared June 2020.
Open Season: May - November
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
  • Trail closed to all motorized and mechanized equipment, including mountain bikes and carts.
  • Weed-free feed is required for stock animals.
Closest Towns: Dayton, WA
Information Center: Pomeroy Ranger District 

General Information


Access this trail from Godman Campground/Trailhead.

Seasonal access: The site is accessible to vehicles from mid to late June until mid October to the first of November, depending on the weather.


Day Hiking

See activity description under Backpacking.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult


The trailhead for West Butte is located next to the barn at Godman Guard Station. This offers users accessibility to hitch rails, mangers, and a spring fed water trough for stock use. Also, the Godman Campground offers a group picnic shelter, tables, and fire stoves. Practice Leave-No-Trace camping ethics. Pack all garbage out.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
8.0 miles

  Elevation : 
3200 - 5600