An awesome day for a hike! When we drove past the parking lot for...
Cedar Butte is a great little year-round hike in North Bend and hardly anyone knows about it. How could that be? We have no idea, but we're thankful for the quiet forest trek to a modest summit viewpoint of the Snoqualmie Valley and Mt. Si et al to the north.
From the parking lot, walk past the toilets and cross over a service road and follow signs to Cedar Falls (two left turns). Now on the wide, flat gravel of the Iron Horse Trail, you'll hit the Boxley Creek bridge in about a mile. Just past the bridge on the right side is the signed trail for Cedar Butte. Overgrowth in the spring and summer months can obscure the signage, so be on the lookout.
The trail is fairly steep at times, but well marked with arrows tacked to the trunks of trees and an occasional sign to keep you on track. Climb through old logging grounds into a damp and mossy forest of fir trees to a humble summit complete with a simple log bench and geological survey marker.
Permits & Tips
Discover Pass required. Toilets available at trailhead (but no water). Can be very muddy after heavy rains.
How to get there
Head east on I-90 to exit 32 (436th Avenue SE).
Turn right (south) on 436th Avenue SE (Cedar Falls Road SE) and drive 4.5 miles, passing the Rattlesnake Lake parking area, until you find the Cedar Falls/Iron Horse Trailhead parking area on the left.
Hike begins behind the toilets on the north end of the parking lot.