North Butte from Lower Blanchard Hill Trailhead
ElevationAscent: 1,666' 508 m
Descent: -1,666' -508 m
High: 2,184' 666 m
Low: 668' 204 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“A great, moderate pace trail; ten miles roundtrip with amazing views at the top.”— Anne Pelton
Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
Work you way up the Lily Lizard Trail. From here, you can see / hear the road to the Samish Overlook on your left, but it's rare that cars are on it. Make your way up and turn left onto the Lily Max Connector. Every intersection is well-labelled with signs and occasional maps.
The trail gets a bit steeper, but still is easy/moderate at this point. Continue to the Max's Shortcut Trail on the right. This continues up then levels off and even gives you a rest with some downhill areas. There are occasional bugs in this area, but the going is not too bad.
You'll arrive at Lily Lake Trail and another map. Turn left and then a quick right toward Lily Lake and Lizard Lake. You'll work your way along the left (west) side of Lily Lake. Continue past the "hiker camping area". At the end of the lake, continue a short distance and you'll see a sign on your right that shows Lizard Lake ahead and Lily Lake behind you. Look uphill slightly for the North Butte Trail sign.
North Butte Trail is for visitors on foot only. It gets a bit steep and traverses over rocks in places, but it is a short trail and the views are worth it. Continue uphill for 0.2 miles and you'll find a few large rocks and amazing views of the forest and Puget Sound.
Once you've admired the views, simply retrace your steps to the trailhead.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: WA DNR