Backpack - Kelly Butte


Backpack - Kelly Butte

Hike to a restored fire lookout for fantastic views on this beginner-friendly, family-friendly backpacking trip.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

We will meet at Wapiti Woolies, 58414 SR 410 East, Greenwater, WA 98022-8041, at 2:00pm on Friday afternoon. This is in the hamlet of Greenwater, past Enumclaw. Cell phone service is spotty in this area. 

More details as the trip date approaches.

Getting there: From Enumclaw continue east on State Route 410 and about a long mile past Greenwater turn left onto paved Forest Road No. 70. Continue about 7-3/4 miles to gravel Forest Road No. 7030, and then about 8 miles on Road No. 7030 to trailhead parking. Though Forest Road 70 is in good condition, high clearance vehicles are recommended. 


This trip is oriented towards new backpackers and building skills. It is also family-friendly. 

We will hike to the lookout on Friday afternoon, set up camp in a wooded area near the lookout, and take in the views - and of course, check out the lookout! It is staffed during the summer and fall by volunteers with the US Forest Service. If we are lucky, we may see some mountain goats too! 

Then we can relax on Friday night, and then enjoy a leisurely hike out on Saturday.

This is a popular trail so I expect hikers will pass by our campsite. Also, this trail is dry so everyone will have to bring water/fluids sufficient for the trip.

I would recommend weighing your backpack and aiming for a pack weight of about 30 lbs. If you weigh your pack and it's significantly more than 30 lbs., please let me know and we can discuss.

Though overall the hike to the Kelly Butte lookout is short, it does have one steep stretch, and is occasionally narrow and rocky. There is some exposure during one part of this hike.

To reach the trailhead, driving on dirt and gravel roads is required. These roads are typically not too rough and passable with your average SUV or Subaru Outback type of vehicle; but please take this into account when planning your transportation. A Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent is required to park at the trailhead.

Map: Greenwater, WA – No. 238 or USGS Lester. For additional information call the Mount Baker National Forest (Snoqualmie District, Enumclaw) at 360-825-6585.

More details as the trip date approaches.


Kelly Butte

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter or water treatment
  • Several liters of water
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Food and snacks to fuel your adventure
  • Personal toiletries and any medications you need
  • Bag/container to collect your trash to pack it out with you
  • Since we will have time to relax and aren't hiking far, I suggest bringing a good book, a game, etc.
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