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McClellan Butte Hike/Snowshoe

One of my favorite hikes within the I-90 corridor, McClellan Butte is a prominent pyramidal horn-shaped summit peak rising above the South Fork Snoqualmie River valley in the Cascade Range in King County, Washington 11 miles east of North Bend. Located approximately eight miles southeast of North Bend, on the south side of I-90.  The standard route for the mountain is only a short drive from urban areas yet close enough to the Central Cascades with outstanding views overlooking much of the South Fork Snoqualmie River valley and make McClellan Butte one of the most popular mountain hiking and climbing destinations in the region. 

The McClellan Butte hiking trail is a difficult trail and a final Class 3 summit scramble the last 100 feet or so on the summit block.

Most recent report indicates there is snow on the trail, especially in the upper part. While we may/may not use snowshoes, we will take them with us just in case. However, most likely we will need traction devices. Dress warm and come prepared for winter conditions. While I don't expect us to come back in the dark, please bring a headlamp.

Thanks to Timber for sharing this short video from a hike last summer:


Roundtrip: 9.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 3700 ft

Highest Point: 5162 ft

What you should bring:

• 10 essentials plus any personal need items

• Hiking poles

• Headlamp

• Snowshoes, warm clothes, nice hiking boots, gloves, etc.

• Traction devices (microspikes, etc.)

• 2-3 liters water plus food and snacks

• A great smile and an excellent attitude

***Northwest Forest Pass is required for each vehicle***


Those meeting at the Park and Ride can carpool- Details and arrangements to be discussed at the Park and Ride.

Driving Direction, if you are meeting at Trail Head:

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 42 (West Tinkham Road). Turn right from the off-ramp and continue past the Department of Transportation office. The parking lot and trailhead are just past the office driveway on the right (west) side of the road.

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  • Michael

    Great work out and nice virgin trail all the way. Way to go everyone. Really spirited and energetic.

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • Hardik

    Wow, Amazing. Just missed as my new snowshoes coming on Monday :(. I'll join next. Enjoy you all.

    December 18, 2013

    • Hardik

      Wow, I am glad. I'll RSVP yes now and join you. Thank you so very much, Michael

      December 19, 2013

    • Michael

      See you at the P&R at 8:15

      1 · December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    how is the scramble in winter?

    December 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      is it easily protectable? or more slabby?

      December 18, 2013

    • Michael

      If it is icy, it will be very challenging. If snow, many people walk up with the aid of an ice axe and crampons.

      December 18, 2013

  • Brent D.

    Great Adventure. Thank you for posting Michael!

    1 · December 18, 2013

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