Cedar Butte

Cedar Falls, WA
Length: 3.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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From the parking area, walk past the privies and informational bulletin boards, and follow signs to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail / Iron Horse State Park. The former railroad grade is wide and graveled, and gets some traffic from mountain bikers.

In less than a mile from the trailhead, cross Boxley Creek on a bridge edged with heavy wire mesh siding. About 100 feet beyond the bridge, a wide area on the right looks like it could lead to a trail, but that’s not it. Continue on another 200 yards and find the signed Cedar Butte Trail on the right.

Follow the Cedar Butte Trail uphill and, in about 0.3 miles, come to an unsigned trail fork. Both branches lead to Cedar Butte, but the left fork is more direct. The right fork is about a half-mile longer, and detours past the site of the “Boxley Blowout,” a 1918 power dam failure that destroyed the logging community of Edgewick, with no fatalities. The two branches reconnect at the signed Saddle Junction, and the trail continues on, via several switchbacks, toward the summit.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 900 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $10.00

Discover Pass required for the parking lot closest to the trailhead. You can park across the street for free and walk to the trailhead as well.

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