Seattle: Hamilton Buttes

Grab shotgun views of four volcanoes on this lonely 6.2-mile out-and-back in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
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Grab shotgun views of four volcanoes on this lonely 6.2-mile out-and-back in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.0

Waypoints

HBT001

Location: 46.3971977233887, -121.630874633789

Head E from parking lot

HBT002

Location: 46.3973121643066, -121.630340576172

In a few bootstrides, veer R onto Trail 118

HBT003

Location: 46.3921661376953, -121.626823425293

Lazy riverbed views unravel W across Cat Creek

HBT004

Location: 46.3899345397949, -121.625549316406

Trail leads into a rocky, open meadow stained red in spring and summer with Indian paintbrush

HBT005

Location: 46.3891906738281, -121.62516784668

Far off to S is Mt. Hood in Oregon

HBT006

Location: 46.3870315551758, -121.620979309082

Trail swerves into forest and climbs toward ridge

HBT007

Location: 46.3837928771973, -121.608589172363

L onto Trail 109A

HBT008

Location: 46.3896484375, -121.613426208496

On ridgeline, turn R and zigzag E

HBT009

Location: 46.3892936706543, -121.609519958496

Views of Mt. Rainier begin to appear

HBT010

Location: 46.3892860412598, -121.60799407959

The best eye candy is of Mt. Adams, with its snowy dome commanding the horizon

HBT011

Location: 46.3899421691894, -121.606239318848

Tabletop summit of Hamilton Buttes. Enjoy traces of an old fire lookout and full-circle views of the Cascade Range. Return to trailhead