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Anderson Butte

North Cascades


North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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3.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5380 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

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.


Anderson Butte

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.6750, -121.6214 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Anderson Butte (#611.1)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District

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Getting There

From I-5, take exit 230 and head east on Highway 20 for approximately 23 miles. Turn left on a paved road signed for Baker Lake Road between mileposts 82 and 83. At 14.2 miles, turn right onto a paved road signed Baker Lake Dam Road. 1.7 miles down this road, cross the dam. At 2.4 miles, take a left onto FR 1107--proceeding straight instead of turning may not be an option because of a gate. Follow FR 1107, a good gravel road, for 8.9 miles before arriving at a junction. Take the left fork down the road signed for Anderson and Watson Lakes. Travel 1.1 miles on a bumpy gravel road. Privy and picnic table available at trailhead.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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