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Railroad Grade — Oct 20, 2013 — KyleNicholson
Overnight
Issues: Snow on trail
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Overnight camped on railroad grade. The first campsite has some amazing views and the moonrise and s...
Overnight camped on railroad grade. The first campsite has some amazing views and the moonrise and sunrise shine right into your tent from the east. Snow/mud from 4600ft up but typically 2" max on the trail itself. Traction not needed in late afternoon, but did ice up a bit in the morning. I was glad to have a treking pole for the descent with the ice.
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Railroad Grade, Park Butte — Oct 17, 2013 — Maddy
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes | Water on trail | Snow on trail
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Beautiful sunny cool weather with no breeze today. The trail is snow free to the meadows. The first ...
Beautiful sunny cool weather with no breeze today. The trail is snow free to the meadows. The first half of the Railroad Grade is snow free and the second half is covered with snow and a bit dangerous for the final 1/2 mi. All the snow covering the meadows made for wonderful off trail wandering. The snow is firm and easy to walk on without snow shoes. The trail to Park Butte is completely snow covered. Just a few slippery spots. The tarns on the way to Park Butte are mostly frozen over. Not much fall color but beautiful none the less.

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Park Butte, Railroad Grade — Sep 07, 2013 — DenisHashhag
Overnight
Features: Ripe berries
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Went on an overnight trip to railroad grade camp / park butte area. We camp overnight at railroad gr...
Went on an overnight trip to railroad grade camp / park butte area. We camp overnight at railroad grade camp which was about 1500 ft from the trailhead. The campsites are one of the most scenic I have seen, with full views of mt Baker. In the morning we hiked up to the lookout at Park Butte which provided a great view of Baker. Hung around for a bit and then headed back to the car and home.
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Railroad Grade — Aug 25, 2013 — Girl and Dog
Day hike
Features: Ripe berries
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Holy drop-offs! The upper part of the trail is not for those with a fear of heights, not for kids no...
Holy drop-offs! The upper part of the trail is not for those with a fear of heights, not for kids nor unleashed dogs. The moraine edge trail is gorgeous but with a serious drop on the moraine side. The photos totally do not do those cliffs justice, but when the dog kicked off a couple of little rocks, they caused a mini slide. It's steep.

On the lower part of the trail, blueberries are everywhere and most hikers are sporting purple fingers.

A huge, grateful shout-out to the WTA for the sweet bridge over the run-off creek crossing -- THANK YOU! So great!
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Railroad Grade, Park Butte, Scott Paul Trail — Aug 20, 2013 — seabeav
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming | Ripe berries
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A friend came down from Vancouver Island to join me for a day of hiking on one of my favorite trails...
A friend came down from Vancouver Island to join me for a day of hiking on one of my favorite trails, Park Butte, and we decided to combine it with the Scott Paul and part of the Railroad Grade Trails. We're both geologists and were in the right place, the whole area being an amazing portrayal of glacial and volcanic deposits and landforms.

Took the Park Butte Trail with a side trip up part of the RR Grade along the west edge of Metcalfe Moraine. Turned around about even with the toe of Easton Glacier and then backtracked to the Park Butte Trail and on up to the fire lookout. Then, on way back, took the Scott Paul Trail back in a clockwise direction to the parking lot.

Incredible day of hiking...beautiful weather, loads of wildflowers (mostly on Scott Paul section), plenty of marmots and one pika. And friendly folks on the trails.

The trails are in excellent conditions and are a credit to all the NFS and WTA folks that have worked on them. Suspension bridge across the creek in the glacial valley is great and there was only one other slightly tricky crossing further along the Scott Paul Trail.

The lupines and other flowers were beautiful and Schriebers Meadow near the parking lot was full of ripe blueberries.

A fantastic day...great weather, excellent trail conditions and almost nonexistent bugs. Left trailhead at 10:30 and returned at 7:30 with a total distance hiked of about 15 miles. Short stops for lunch and snacks and lots of photo stops.
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Railroad Grade (#603.2)
North Cascades -- Baker Lake

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