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Park Butte is located within the Mount Baker National Recreation Area, some 8000 acres of wilderness. The area is incredibly well maintained with trail signage, trash facilities at the trailhead parking lot, and trails that are easy for hiking. Starting out on the trail, cross a bridge over Sulphur Creek and into Schriebers Meadow. Sulphur creek smells like a mining camp—like damp rock and caverns—most likely from the heavy silt content of the water which turns the creek a milky grey.
Wind your way through Schriebers Meadow on wooden boardwalks, lined with mushrooms and mountain berry bushes in the fall. When the trees break off a little bit, you'll catch glimpses of Mount Baker—a great white cone of volcano. The meadows are broken up by fields of rocks and boulders, and walking up what seems to be a dry creek bed, a trickle of water will start flowing beneath bootprints. After winding through a forested patch, you'll come upon a view of a rushing creek, and a sign directing towards a temporary hiker bridge and horse crossing. The temporary bridge is put in place during the summer months. If the bridge isn't in place, I would say that the fast moving Rocky Creek is not one which can easily be forded.
Built in 1933, the fire lookout has been renovated and is available as lodging on a first-come-first-served basis. Maintenance of the lookout is performed by the wonderful Skagit Alpine Club. Even if you aren't planning to stay for the night, take a look inside it to fuel an explorer's thirst. A box spilling over with journals could alone occupy many peaceful hours. During our visit, we poked around to find a good humored bottle of Knob Creek whiskey in the first-aid box. The accommodations are far from five-star, and I wouldn't suggest cuddling up in the bed sheets, but the view of Mount Baker is breathtaking and the history of the space palpable.
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