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OR | Hike | Butte Camp Dome

I like to take the trail from Red Rock pass, although there are other ways into the trail system.

The trail branches from Toutle Trail 238 at 1.3 miles from Red Rock Pass. Begin by crossing a 1,900-year-old lava flow that is covered with huckleberries when in season. A short (1/8-mile) climb up the trail will reward you with a view of Mount St. Helens. The trail climbs gradually to Lower Butte Camp, an inviting meadow with water and wildflowers which offers good camping. It then climbs in a series of switchbacks to Upper Butte Camp. An open hillside in this segment provides vistas to the south and east. Upper Butte Camp is not really a camp but a sensitive research area. Continue upslope to the junction with Loowit Trail 216 where Mount St. Helens awaits. There are a number of geological features and changes as we hike along the trail. It's an amazing, diverse landscape that you will enjoy very much.

Nearest City: Portland, Oregon
Maximum Participants: 6
Seasonal Availability:
Dry-Season Only
Winter Only
Year-Round
Very Limited
State: Washington
Start Time: 9am
Meet-up Location: Battle Ground
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Hard
Extreme
Duration:
1-2 Hours
2-4 Hours
4+ Hours
Minimum age of Participants:
No Children
0-5 Years
6-12 Years
13+ Years
About Me: I grew up in Alaska playing in the mountains and outdoors hiking, fishing, backpacking, camping, and climbing. I live in the NW now and my playground is the mountains and forests of the Gifford Pinchot national forest.
Certifications I Have: Certified mountain bike instructor
Required Gear: Hiking boots or shoes, rain gear, food and water needed.
Nice-To-Have Gear: Camera, sunglasses, good attitude
Dog Friendly:
Yes
No