Yellow Aster Butte

Mount Baker Ranger District

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Sat, Jul 30, 2011


Yellow Aster Basin by Whidbey Walker

Mount Baker area. We'll work on annual maintenance needs on this trail - mainly rebuilding avalanche slide areas, as well as working on some erosion control and cutting back brush. You are welcome to join us for the full weekend or only one day.

The Yellow Aster Butte Trail traverses the south facing slopes of the eastern end of the High Divide, winding in and out of small drainages. Various wildflowers such as anemone, aster, paintbrush and fireweed are found along the trail, along with interesting rock formations carved by glaciers and worn by weather. Spectacular views include of Mt. Baker, Border Peaks, Mt. Larrabee and the western portion of the High Divide. Start on Tomyhoi Lake Trail as the trail switchbacks through avalanche chutes and thick brush. Then enter timber and continue gaining elevation until the trail breaks out to a flat bench in a meadow. The junction with Yellow Aster Butte Trail is about 1.5 miles from the trailhead. Turn left at the junction and contour around the front of Yellow Aster Butte. The trail ends with a 200-foot descent on a series of steep switchbacks and narrow tread to Yellow Aster Meadows, where glaciers have carved numerous small tarns (lakes). There is also evidence of past mining activity. Camping is allowed only at Yellow Aster Meadow. The meadow areas are extremely fragile.

Driving directions:
From Bellingham take exit 255 off of I-5 and drive east on Highway 542 (the Mount Baker Highway) to the town of Glacier. From Glacier, follow the Mt. Baker Highway 542 for 12.0 miles to Forest Service Road 3065 (Twin Lakes Road). The road is located on the left hand side of the highway just beyond the Department of Transportation's Shuksan maintenance facility. Turn left on Twin Lakes Road and continue approximately 4.5 miles to the Tomyhoi Lake/Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead. Parking is plentiful at the trailhead and a toilet is also available. (Driving time from Seattle: approximately 3.5 hours.)


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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