Short but steep, this trail delivers excellent views of Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, and Anderson Butte. Similar views can be had from the road to the trailhead, but taking this hike offers solitude-even a hiker’s high-from climbing steeply away from the road and into the mountains.
Begin hiking through a beautiful forest. After approximately a mile, arrive in a pretty meadow and find a well-marked junction. Head left, and very quickly find another marked junction. The sign for this one is held together with a bungee cord. The trail to Anderson Butte heads right, crossing a boggy area on a broken log that has been notched for improved traction.
Climb steeply through shaded forest, ascending 600 feet in half a mile! Toward the end, you’ll get views of Anderson Butte and the valley below. A few blueberries may provide a little morale boost as you make your way to the site of the former lookout tower. Enjoy excellent views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan from this small craggy perch.
On your way back down, consider a short side-trip to Anderson or Watson Lakes. After that steep climb, a quick dip would feel pretty good.
- 3.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 1,000 feet
- Highest Point
- 5,380 feet
Hiking Anderson Butte
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 48.6750, -121.6214 Open in Google Maps