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West Butte

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains
46.0998, -117.7868 Map & Directions
11.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3100 feet
Highest Point
5504 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

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Descend into the heart of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness from the historic Godman Guard Station, crossing through the Rainbow Creek Research Natural Area. Continue reading

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Hiking West Butte

Top off water bottles at the ice-cold Godman Spring before beginning this hike. The trail drops rapidly, passing through patches of giant old-growth timber but also breaking out of the trees into places with views in all directions. Find giant Douglas fir, lovely western juniper, and hundreds of wildflowers. Visit in June for peak blooms. The Guard Station can be rented through the website.

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West Butte

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.0998, -117.7868 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Dayton, take FR 64 toward Bluewood Ski Area. At the intersection with the ski area spur road, bear right an continue on FR 64 approximately two miles, then take FR 46 to the trailhead at Godman Guard Station.

More Hike Details


Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

West Butte Creek (#3138)

Umatilla National Forest, Pomeroy Ranger District

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Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness map

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West Butte

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