Seattle: McClellan Butte

The 4.3-mile climb to McClellan Butte is steep and rugged, but the payoff on top of this strikingly sharp summit is nothing short of spectacular. Wear sturdy boots for extra support.
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The 4.3-mile climb to McClellan Butte is steep and rugged, but the payoff on top of this strikingly sharp summit is nothing short of spectacular. Wear sturdy boots for extra support.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.7

Waypoints

MBT001

Location: 47.4123420715332, -121.590339660645

McClellan Butte trailhead

MBT002

Location: 47.4077835083008, -121.59130859375

Turn R onto Iron Horse Trail, an abandoned RR grade open to hiking and mountain biking

MBT003

Location: 47.409610748291, -121.591407775879

Camping platforms

MBT004

Location: 47.4119606018066, -121.595970153809

Turn L onto McClellan Butte trail near Alice Creek

MBT006

Location: 47.4063568115234, -121.616012573242

Trail washout; start of scenic traverse beneath cliffs

MBT007

Location: 47.4002494812012, -121.628433227539

Hairpin turn; head NE up dramatic, sparsely forested mountainside

MBT008

Location: 47.4015998840332, -121.627655029297

Short downhill section leads to a seasonal tarn

MBT009

Location: 47.4047813415527, -121.62508392334

Climb rocky, exposed ridgeline to the pyramid-shaped summit

MBT010

Location: 47.406925201416, -121.622108459473

McClellan butte (5,162 ft.); outstanding views of neighboring Mts.Kent and Gardner to S

MBT005

Location: 47.4091529846191, -121.606094360352

Sharp string of switchbacks ahead