Seattle Nomads Hike - Stegosaurus Butte

Youth activity: Nomads

Seattle Nomads Hike - Stegosaurus Butte

Join us for a short hike through some beautiful forest plus a light "scramble" to a gorgeous viewpoint. Note: while technically a hike we will cover some steep terrain where some use of hands will likely be required.

  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 2.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,119 ft

Meet at the Middle Fork Snoqualmie trailhead by 9am.

Join us for a fun adventure that feels bigger than it is.

This relatively-short hike packs in sizable elevation over a short distance but rewards the steep climb with some incredible views (plus a walk through some lovely forest along the way).

We're also planning an unofficial campout at Middle Fork Campground Friday and Saturday - please contact the leader directly for more details.

Please note: while this is still considered a hike in summer months, it follows an unmaintained "climbers trail" and requires use of hands for stabilization on the steepest sections. It also features some exposure at the summit.

While these traits make it feel like a real "adventure" for Nomad's-aged kids, this is likely not a good hike for younger siblings, and smaller children could not be safely carried. We've successfully completed this hike in the past with a six-year-old and he loved the challenge and wanted to share!


  • Trip Sheet: Trip Sheet
  • Parking: Federal Lands ("Northwest Forest" or "America the Beautiful") pass required
  • Weather: NOAA Forecast
  • Road Conditions: Some avoidable potholes and gravel in spots, but road is generally well maintained and accessible for all vehicles.
  • Guests: If spots are still available one week prior to the trip, email Jeff Kirsch to request that a friend or sibling be able to join.

If you'd like to borrow gear, please submit your request to the gear library.


Stegosaurus Butte

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and extra synthetic layers
  • Waterproof shell
  • Water (at least two liters)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Lunch
  • Day Pack
  • 10 Essentials
  • Camera (optional)
  • Extra clothing for the ride back (optional)

If you'd like to borrow gear, please submit your request to the gear library.

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