Yellow Aster Butte: Difficult, but stunning views

This pristine mountain meadow offers astounding views of Mount Baker and numerous other surrounding peaks.

The trail diverges from the Tomyhoi Lake Trail after 1½ miles and traverses through several drainages before reaching the butte.

Difficulty: Difficult

Elevation gain: 2,200 feet

Round trip: 7.2 miles

Hiking time: 6 hours

Best times to hike: July through October

Users: Hikers

Family friendly: No

Dogs: Dogs are allowed.

Amenities: Vault toilet at trailhead. Campsites available at meadow — wilderness regulations apply.

Current conditions: Patches of snow at butte and along trail. Call Glacier Public Service Center at (360) 599-2714 for updates.

Permits: Northwest Forest Pass required; $5 for the day or $30 for an annual pass.

Maps: Green Trails No. 14: Mount Shuksan; USGS: Mount Larrabee

Getting there: Drive east on Highway 542 to the Glacier Public Service Center. From there, travel 12 miles to Twin Lakes Road (Forest Service Road 3065) just beyond the Department of Transportation’s Shuksan maintenance facility. Follow road 4.5 miles to trailhead. Drive time from Bellingham: 1 hour, 30 minutes.Parking: Park along the road.