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Sweetgrass Butte

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

Length

1.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

As you might expect from a former fire lookout, Sweetgrass Butte provides expansive views and carpets of wildflowers. The area provides a great respite from the hard hiking that much of the Methow Valley offers.

Standing at 6,104 feet, Sweetgrass Butte was home to a lookout until the mid sixties. Now, only wildflowers keep watch over the hills: Columbia Lewisia, Scarlet gilia, lupine, buckwheat, paintbrush, stonecrop, and forget-me-nots, among many others.

While this is more of a hilltop ramble than a hike on a trail, it is possible to park on a spur road just below the last push to the butte. Once parked, walk along this spur road to enjoy a beautiful walk of about 1.5 miles roundtrip, with beautiful flower meadows along the way.

 

Sweetgrass Butte

Map & Directions

Trailhead

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

Getting There

Take West Chewuch River Road. In 6.75 miles come to a junction with the East Chewuch River Road. Continue north on FR 51 and in 2.6 miles turn left at Eightmile Ranch onto FR 5130. Turn left on FR 5220 at the sign for Sweetgrass Butte, just 12 miles away. In about 9 miles, come to a sign for Cub Pass and a cattle guard. Take a right to arrive at Sweetgrass Butte in three miles. This last three miles is a beautiful section of the drive as you climb 1300 feet opening up expansive views as you travel to the butte.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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