Summit Dock Butte (5,239')
Washington › Dock Butte Trail
Added by Beau Ramsey
- Easy hike with great 360 degree views of Mt. Baker area
- Blue Lake can be visited along the short hike
- Amazing view of Easton Glacier on Mt. Baker
- Trail in great condition to summit area
- Blueberries in season
Dock Butte is an easy hike offering truly spectacular 360 degree views of the Mt. Baker region. In summer this summit can be done as an easy walk up. It is especially good during the late summer for hikers and introducing someone into hiking. From the parking lot the trail goes through forest with an option to go left down to Blue Lake. Stay right as you gain elevation in open alpine for 3.7 miles roundtrip and 1,400' of elevation gain to the summit. Dock Butte used to have a Fire Lookout years ago and the flat summit now has space for 1 or 2 tents. This would be 1st come, 1st serve on a summit bivy space.
Getting To The Blue Lake Trailhead
- Take exit 230 off I-5 head East the you'll have to turn left and then right again (well marked) to stay on Hwy 20
- Follow State Route 20 EAST to milepost 82
- Turn LEFT (north) on Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road #11)
- Continue on the Baker Lake Hwy for 12 miles
- Turn LEFT on F.S. Road #12 stay left at forks
- After 7 miles turn LEFT on Road #1230
- After 4 miles the trailhead and parking area are located in at the end of the road
- 10 Essentials
- Northwest Forest Pass
- trail-runners or boots
- bug spray
- The appropriate outdoor clothing for weather conditions
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A Sight To Behold
This is one of my favorite hikes. The drive to the trailhead is breathtaking and only gets better as you start the hike. You will spend about 10 miles on a decent gravel road so I don't recommend riding in a car. Once you get to the trailhead there is plenty of parking and a clearly defined trail all the way to the top of the butte. Along the hike you will get magnificent views of Mt Baker, blue lake and even Mt Rainier. Highly recommend this gorgeous hike
Great views of Mt Baker
Although this is a short hike, the 1400 feet of elevation gain will require some effort; especially on the rocky, narrow, and root-covered trail. That being said, it is worth the effort! The views of Mt. Baker and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking!
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