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Yellow Aster Butte

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

With views into Canada, fiery fall color and sweeping wildflower meadows, the trail to Yellow Aster Butte is one of the most popular in the North Cascades. Located in the Mount Baker Wilderness, the trail traverses the south-facing slopes of the High Divide. As you climb, you are treated to…

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1 Review of Yellow Aster Butte

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Danielle S.
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2016

Ranger Review: Cairn Box at Yellow Aster Butte Campground

This is a back country campsite accessed by a steep trail. It's beautiful and one of my all time favorite hikes. Depending on the time of year, you may cross some snow patches. Once you reach the turn off for the campsites (an open valley dotted with small alpine lakes. Bring your swimsuit -…

  • There really wasn't a cloud in the sky - and I didn't get burned.  Thank you, Cairn Box, for including this little gem in my box!
  • Cairn box came to the rescue with this portable battery -  recharging my friend's phone mid-adventure.
  • Enjoying a much needed snack/refuel on this beautiful but challenging hike.  Picky Bars of the win - courtesy of Cairn.
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Location

Yellow Aster Butte is located in Washington

Directions

From the Glacier Public Service Center on Highway 542 (34 miles east of I-5), drive east for about 12 miles, then turn left onto Twin Lakes Road (FR 3065). Keep a sharp eye out for the WSDOT Shuksan maintenance facility; the road is located at the east end this facility. Proceed 4.5 miles on Forest Service Road 3065, then reach the Tomyhoi Lake/Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead and parking area.

Coordinates

48.9435 N
121.6625 W

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About This Campground

With views into Canada, fiery fall color and sweeping wildflower meadows, the trail to Yellow Aster Butte is one of the most popular in the North Cascades. Located in the Mount Baker Wilderness, the trail traverses the south-facing slopes of the High Divide. As you climb, you are treated to spectacular wildflowers shows in spring and early summer. Come autumn, the hillsides are vivid in orange, reds and yellows. This is a breathtaking area at any time of year, and so understandably popular. Expect plenty of company on trail and arrive early if you plan on camping.

The trail descends on narrow, steep switchbacks to the camping area. Day hikers will want to head right, to the summit of Yellow Aster Butte. From here, the views are stunning, with Baker, Shuksan, Tomyhoi, and many other jagged, snow-covered peaks lining your horizon.

Due to its popularity, the camping area is likely to be full by midday. Please only camp on snow, rock, or bare ground – the meadows here are as fragile as they are beautiful, and even a short overnight stay can seriously damage them.

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