Cow Heaven & Helen Buttes

Cow Heaven is a strenuous snowshoe hike with 4,000 ft in elevation gain over 5 miles one way. The trail follows a creek up through forests and steep switchbacks. Scramble the southern ridge from Cow Heaven to reach Helen Buttes.

getting there

Drive SR 20 (North Cascades Highway) to just west of Marblemount. Turn north onto Ranger Station Road and then right onto Olson Creek Road in 0.7 mi. In 0.3 mi, arrive at the trailhead (400 ft).

approach & ascent

Cow Heaven

Travel the route of Cow Heaven Trail.  It does not follow a distinct ridge or valley, so be confident in your navigation and route-finding abilities. It's 10 miles round trip with 4,000 feet of elevation gain to a high point of 4,400 ft.

helen buttes

Follow the Cow Heaven Trail to about 4,000 ft, then take the southern ridge to the summit. There is some steep rock. The summit is on the border of the Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness. It's 12 miles round trip with 5,200 feet of elevation gain to a high point of 5,520 ft.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous, Winter Scramble
  • Length: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,200 ft
  • 5,520 ft
  • USGS Marblemount
  • USGS Sauk Mountain
  • Green Trails Marblemount No. 47
  • Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
  • Red Marker
    48.543706, -121.448625
    48.5437059456 -121.44862546
  • Red Marker
    48.570559, -121.495314
    48.5705589403 -121.495313644

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  • Cow Heaven
  • Cow Heaven (winter)
  • Helen Buttes
  • Helen Buttes (winter)
  • Cow Heaven & Helen Buttes (winter)

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