Snowshoe Butte

Hike 10 miles and 2,400 feet of elevation gain on the Pacific Crest Trail to visit an abandoned fire lookout site south of Stampede Pass.

Getting There

Stampede Pass

Take Exit 62 off of I-90 and drive south on Forest Road 54 for 4.5 miles to Stampede Pass (3,671 ft).

Tacoma Pass

Entry point to the PCT is off of Forest Road 52.

Take Exit 62 off of I-90 and drive south on Forest Road 54. Turn right onto Forest Road 41 and drive south to Forest Road 4112. Turn right and drive 1.2 miles to Tacoma Pass (3,455 ft).

on the trail

Snowshoe Butte (5,139 ft)

10 miles round trip with 2,40 feet of elevation gain

From Stampede Pass, hike for 4 miles south on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), beginning with its intersection with a rough unnamed road south of Stampede Pass. The next 1 mile of the route follows a combination of boot paths, old roads and abandoned Cascade Crest Trail to an abandoned fire lookout site with expansive views.

Stampede Pass (3,671 ft) to Tacoma Pass (3,455 ft)

10.5 miles one way with 2,350 feet of elevation if traveling southbound or 2,550 feet of elevation gain if traveling northbound

Set up a car shuttle and hike either direction between these two passes on the PCT.

Information fOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft
  • 5,139 ft
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • Green Trails Lester No. 239

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