Backpack - Yellow Aster Butte


Backpack - Yellow Aster Butte

This 7.5-mile roundtrip overnight backpack with 2550 feet of elevation gain has amazing views of Mount Baker on a good day, and fantastic fall color with lovely little tarns to camp beside. INITIAL PRIORITY FOR B3 STUDENTS but others should go ahead and request permission and I'll grant you a spot assuming there is room.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,550 ft

The trailhead is about 3 hours from Seattle, 12 miles east of the town of Glacier on the Mt Baker highway.  We'll work out carpools and meeting times to arrive at the trailhead by no later than 10AM.  Google map location:

This trail is a bit steep, so participants will need to be conditioned to maintain a moderate pace through a 4 mile ascent, with sound joints and balance to handle a few steep descent sections.   I ask that everyone be prepared to pack light with a pack weight (with food and water) of 30 lbs or less.  It could be very cold overnight (camps are around 6000' elevation) so we'll need to be prepared with warm layers and sleeping bags.  Everyone should be prepared for rain with good raingear (including rainpants) and footwear should be sturdy and waterproof with thick grippy soles.  

We will climb up to the butte and descend to the tarns to camp.  Then if weather permits, anyone who has the energy can do some exploring (with a buddy of course) up to the surrounding tops or possibly cross-country to nearby Welcome Pass.

Weather is unpredictable this time of year and there is no reason to drive 3 hours to subject ourselves to freezing rain and no views.  We'll watch the forecast and I will move the destination or cancel if the chance of rain is 40% or higher.


Yellow Aster 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
  • 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
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