Scott Paul Trail & Park Butte

Hike from Schreibers Meadow through alpine meadows to a lookout with panoramic views to Mount Baker and beyond can be done as an 7.5-mile moderate out and back or 8-mile loop day hike with 2,200 and 2,000 feet of elevation gain, respectively, or as a 15-mile moderate backpack with up to 3,200 feet elevation gain and some great side trip opportunities.

getting there

From SR 20 take the Baker Lake Road (Forest Road 11). In 12 mi, turn left onto Forest Road 12 and drive 3.5 mi and turn right onto Forest Road 13. Drive to the end of Forest Road 13 and the Park Butte Trailhead.

on the trail

For a day hike, hike approximately 4 miles from the trailhead to the Park Butte lookout, then retrace your steps to the trailhead (7.5 mi round trip with 2,200 feet of elevation gain) or turn left onto the Scott Paul Trail 1.9 mi from the trailhead and loop clockwise back to the trailhead (8 mi loop with 2,000 feet of elevation gain).  For a backpack, camps are available at 3 miles at Cathedral Camp (hike up to the lookout in the afternoon), and 2-5 miles beyond on the Railroad Grade trail or further up the moraine with great chances for wandering to look over the Easton and Deming Glaciers.  Return via the Park Butte trail or loop back on the Scott Paul Trail.

side trips

  • Railroad Grade Trail to view the Easton and Deming glaciers
  • Off-trail to Squak Glacier "Crag View"


  • This trail can be quite crowded on weekend days. 
  • There is great blueberry picking in September!
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • 5,450 ft
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13S
  • Green Trails Hamilton No. 45

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  • Scott Paul Trail
  • Scott Paul-Park Butte Loop
  • Scott Paul and Park Butte Loop
  • Scott Paul Loop Trail
  • Park Butte

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