Driveway Butte via trail

I parked at the Driveway Butte trailhead at Klipchuck Campground (about 15 miles east of Washington Pass on Highway 20) and headed up Driveway Butte trail (#481). Soon the trail started climbing up the ridge through open forest and meadows filled with bright, yellow balsamroot flowers. Silver Star Mountain slowly came into view as I gained elevation.

Around 4,800' the trail levels out and enters a burned-out section of forest. Green, spring grass and yellow glacier lilies contrasted with the charred trees.

The wide summit of Driveway Butte has 360 degree views. Three of the tallest 100 Washington mountain were in sight, North Gardner Mountain, Silver Star Mountain, and Robinson Mountain.

This was a very good spring hike. Except for a short north-facing section, the trail was completely snow-free.

  • Date:
    2006/05/29
    Elevation gain:
    3,060 feet
    Trip type:
    hike
    USGS quads:
    SilverStarMountainQuad, Robinson Mountain, RobinsonMountainQuad
    In:
    North Cascades
    Car-to-car:
    5 hours 18 minutes
    • 3 hours 10 minutes driving there from Lower Queen Anne to Blue Lake trailhead
    • 32 minutes driving there from Blue Lake trailhead to Klipchuck Campground
    • 2 hours 41 minutes ascending from Klipchuck Campground to summit of Driveway Butte
    • 1 hour 45 minutes descending from summit of Driveway Butte to break
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  • Calypso Orchid on lower section of Driveway Butte trail
    Calypso Orchid on lower section of Driveway Butte trail
  • Driveway Butte trail
    Driveway Butte trail
  • Silver Star Mountain from Driveway Butte trail
    Silver Star Mountain from Driveway Butte trail
  • Arrowleaf Balsamroot on Driveway Butte trail
    Arrowleaf Balsamroot on Driveway Butte trail
  • Ballhead Waterleaf on Driveway Butte trail
    Ballhead Waterleaf on Driveway Butte trail
  • Burn on upper part of Driveway Butte trail
    Burn on upper part of Driveway Butte trail
  • North Gardner Mountain from Driveway Butte
    North Gardner Mountain from Driveway Butte
  • Robinson Mountain from summit of Driveway Butte
    Robinson Mountain from summit of Driveway Butte
  • Glacier Lily on Driveway Butte trail
    Glacier Lily on Driveway Butte trail

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