Everyone loves a lookout, except maybe the Audubon Society.
Can't remember exactly when. About 40 years ago.
Glad I brought snowshoes. Went with Zephyrus and saw Redwic on the trail.
Hmmm, there used to be another Park Butte page somewhere. Oh well. It's been a long time. This was a lovely hike.
brought my son up for some post-holing fun in the spring snowpack. Had the lookout to ourselves.
I started from the usual trailhead but headed north on the Scott Paul Trail and then west over toward Park Butte. I HIGHLY recommend doing this loop; it adds just 2 or 3 miles (and not too much extra elevation), and you get much more varied scenery -- plus a couple of views of Mt. Shuksan and a funky suspension bridge over muddy Rocky Creek.
Great family trip in the church van with Rosita Fresita, and the Evans and Derrs.
Stayed for the sunset, then hiked out by headlamp.
We encountered many snowmobiles.
Park Butte also makes a nice spring destination. http://www.willhiteweb.com/washington_climbing/baker_lake/park_butte_048.htm
With a lot of fresh snow on the trail and peak, and with so-so weather forecasts, I left pre-dawn from the TH and arrived at the lookout shortly after 8:00 AM. To my surprise, five people (plus one dog) had spent the night in there... two pals, one couple, and one dog owner... and not all the same group. This should have been a hint to me as to how popular this destination is. Sure enough, I easily passed 50-60 people during my descent, including EastKing, making this the most popular day-hike I have been on in about 4-5 years! I can only imagine how popular this trail system is during Summer. Highly recommended.