This remote perch in the Kettle Range grants hikers views of the Kettles and beyond.
Barnaby Butte can be reached from both the east and the west. This guide describes the approach from the east. Starting from the trailhead, embark on the trail for a little over 2.5 miles to a junction with the Kettle Crest Trail.
Turn right and walk the Kettle Crest for 0.8 mile to another junction where you’ll turn right again. In another third of a mile you will arrive at Barnaby Butte where you can view the sparse remains of the former lookout building and take in the views. The final trail segment may be faded and hard to follow but you should be able to sight the summit in the distance and make your way across fairly easy terrain regardless.