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Kelly Butte

This is a short, but nice hike to a recently repaired fire lookout. Guidebooks do not include recent upgrades to the trail and road to the trailhead. The trail is no longer only accessible via a scramble, but there is a newly (2007) built trail that switchbacks through wildflowers and interesting rock walls. The lookout itself has been repaired making it a nice lunch stop.
Driving Directions:

About two miles past Greenwater, turn left from Highway 410 onto paved Forest Road 70. All mileage readings are from this junction.

At 8 miles, turn left onto a road signed 7030 and an arrow. There is about 10 feet of pavement, then gravel. This section of 7030 has some washboard driving surface.

At 8.3 miles cross a bridge and pass some campsites.

At 11.9 miles, come to a T and turn left, staying on unsigned 7030. (A right turn will take you toward Colhoquon and Pyramid Peak and PCT trailheads.) The rest of 7030 has a couple of steep sections and falling rock areas.

At 12.4 miles go straight, not right and uphill.

At 13.1 miles turn right. At this time there is a sign that indicates that the road to the right is 7030; the road straight ahead is signed 7032.

Pass side roads at 13.6 and 14.1 miles.

The rough road to the Kelly Butte “trailhead” is on your left at 14.4 miles from Highway 410

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Kelly Butte — Sep 01, 2013 — Amishgirl
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming | Ripe berries
Issues: No water source
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As long as you follow the directions given to reach the trailhead, you'll have no problem finding it...
As long as you follow the directions given to reach the trailhead, you'll have no problem finding it. The first 1/2 mile is via an easy wide forest trail. Then once you get to the clearing the hard part of the climb begins. There are a couple dozen switchbacks that are pretty steep and will really give you a workout. This trail is NOT for kids under the age of 12 (in my opinion). The views are spectacular all the way up and awesome at the top as well. There were huckleberries everywhere once we reached the meadow at the top. There was a forest ranger at the lookout and a log book to sign. There is also a "scenic lew" at the top but unless you get direction from the ranger, you might have to search around for it a bit. Sooo glad we took this hike. It's well worth the effort.
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Kelly Butte — Aug 06, 2013 — Mare
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: No water source
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It took 2 tries to successfully make it to the trail head. Definitely follow the WTA odometer readin...
It took 2 tries to successfully make it to the trail head. Definitely follow the WTA odometer readings beginning from Hwy. 410. The first try we were only a 1/4 mile away, but because of low clouds we couldn't find it. Two days later on a clear day, we could see the peak and trail kiosk from road 7030. It was worth coming back for. Half the hike is in shaded evergreens, while the upper portion is through really cool rock formations. If you aren't afraid of heights, there are several ledges that make great photo backdrops. The lookout's wrap-around deck made a nice sunny lunch spot with a slight breeze. The interior was locked up, but very clean. We spotted a big plume of smoke near Snoqualmie Pass, but all around us were crystal clear views.
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Kelly Butte — Jun 30, 2013 — swiftyhmf
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: No water source
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What a great hike. The weather was perfect, the trail is in great shape, and the views from the look...
What a great hike. The weather was perfect, the trail is in great shape, and the views from the lookout are breathtaking. Followed the directions above to the trail head and they were spot on. We hit the trail at 10:30 and there were 3 other cars in the lot so we pretty much had the trail to ourselves. It was sunny and warm out so I'm glad I put plenty of sunscreen on because there is very little shade on the hike up. We made it to the lookout and saw where there is still some snow in the shaded areas. Saw lots of wildflowers blooming and we also saw a Western Tanager flying about the trees.
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Kelly Butte — Jun 22, 2013 — Wendy W
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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This is a fun hike! There are tons of flowers, neat rocks for photo ops, a good workout and great vi...
This is a fun hike! There are tons of flowers, neat rocks for photo ops, a good workout and great views. We saw hummingbirds, squirrels and lots of bees pollinating the flowers. No marmots, this time.

The trail is in good shape. It is steep and exposed in places. There were three tiny little patches of snow that are no concern at all.

The lookout is in great shape. The door was open but the wrap around deck was the place to be..

We were lucky to have views of Mount Rainier when we started but then clouds moved in keeping her mostly hidden.

Nearby Colquhoun Peak was worth doing afterward. It was fun to spot it from the lookout then spot the lookout from a viewpoint on that trail.
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Kelly Butte — Jun 22, 2013 — Paul Bozich
Overnight
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Snow on trail | No water source
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OMG! What a weekend to camp at the LOOKOUT! Goat showed up in the AM, and lots of visitors. BRING...
OMG! What a weekend to camp at the LOOKOUT! Goat showed up in the AM, and lots of visitors. BRING A PHILLIPS-HEAD SCREWDRIVER, so you can open the dormers.
Also, clorox-wipes are a handy thing for the mouse-poop, to keep dust down and avoid huntavirus.

Amazing full rainbow in the PM. Two pics attached. WILDFLOWERS, including bear grass and columbine are in full show on the way up. Last of the snow melting, but if you want to snow-ball fight, you've can find some ammo!
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Kelly Butte fire lookout. Photo by Hikingqueen.
WTA worked here!
2011
Location
Kelly Butte (#1031)
South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
Statistics
Roundtrip 3.4 miles
Elevation Gain 900 ft
Highest Point 5409 ft
Features
Fall foliage
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
Summits
Wildlife
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Best rain shadow hikes Western Washington
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