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.
approx. 3,060 feet
Robinson Mountain, SilverStarMountainQuad, RobinsonMountainQuad
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
Calypso Orchid on lower section of Driveway Butte trail
Driveway Butte trail
Silver Star Mountain from Driveway Butte trail
Arrowleaf Balsamroot on Driveway Butte trail
Ballhead Waterleaf on Driveway Butte trail
Burn on upper part of Driveway Butte trail
North Gardner Mountain from Driveway Butte
Robinson Mountain from summit of Driveway Butte
Glacier Lily on Driveway Butte trail
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.