6 miles
Distance
1,488 ft
Climb
-2,798 ft
Descent
00:47:05
Avg time
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Hamilton Buttes Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Dirtbike
  • Riding Area
    Dark Divide
    Randle, Washington
  • Ref Number
    118
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Late June - October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #8356 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 100 in Dirtbiking
  • Land Manager

This trail is open to motorcycles, hikers, horses and bicycles.

Hamilton Buttes #118 is a fast, rough, and rowdy moto trail that descends approximately 3000 vertical feet. The trail starts descending down a ridge through open meadows before diving back into the forest to finish off this great descent. The view from the top of Hamilton Butte is amazing providing views of the Goat Rocks, Rainer, Adams, St. Helens, and Hood.
This is a popular ORV area so watch out for motorized traffic.

This trail was once used by fire lookouts on their way to their solitary post. The trail, mainly used by trailbikes, joins with the Valley Trail #270 to the south and ties in to the north with the Blue Lake Butte Trail #119, Yozoo Trail #276 and Hamilton Peak Trail #109. On the south end, the Hamilton Buttes Trail climbs through scattered old growth and second growth forests before entering open fields on top where you get views of Mt. Adams and the Cispus River. The trail follows the ridge through several open meadows.

source: USFS
Access Info

Park at Cat Creek camp ground near the junction of FR21 and FR78. Climb FR 78 for 5 mi before turning on FR 7807. Climb 7807 to the 029 spur and Mud Lake. Despite the name Mud Lake is quite clear and makes for a great spot to take a break.
Climb 029 until it turns into the Hamilton Peaks trail #109. Enjoy the amazing view and amazing descent back down to your car.

Disclaimer

This trail is maintained by the US Forest Service. Check with the USFS/Gifford Pinchot National Forest for the latest trail status.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Hamilton Buttes bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,310 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,867 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,370 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,177 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,867 ft
  • Grade
    -4.221%
  • Grade max
    -47.804%
  • Grade min
    64.173%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    451 ft
  • Avg time
    00:47:05
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Status:
on Oct 3, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 5 (4 votes)

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  • Clear / Green
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
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  • Map Markers
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Hamilton Buttes Trail Reports

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      Oct 3, 2020 @ 9:11pm
      Oct 3, 2020
      clear and ripping
      Sep 30, 2020 @ 7:16am
      Sep 30, 2020
      So good after the rain!
      Aug 30, 2020 @ 10:09pm
      Aug 30, 2020
      reporter
      Jun 27, 2020 @ 10:29pm
      Jun 27, 2020
      Still melting and already dry, but that's what you get up here. Great DH. As an update on the last post, FR 78 is open and in great shape.
      Sep 6, 2017 @ 10:33am
      Sep 6, 2017
      Rode Hamilton Buttes on 9/3. Trail is very dry and dusty from the motorized traffic. Still a super fun ride if you are comfortable with the moon...
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