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    Butler Peak Trail

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    16.1 km
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    467 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Butler Peak Trail is a fantastic hiking route in the San Bernardino National Forest that will take you on a steady climb up to a scenic summit viewpoint. While out hiking the trail, you will climb uphill through the forest and traverse some rocky stretches of trail, before pushing onto the summit of Butler Perak for views of the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains. Make sure to bring bear spray along for this hike and make plenty of noise, as bears are sometimes spotted in the area.

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    Route Description for Butler Peak Trail

    If you find yourself in the mood for a moderately challenging hike through the forest that features a steady incline throughout the route and stunning views from a summit viewpoint, then the Butler Peak Trail will be the perfect route for you to explore in the San Bernardino Mountains.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will follow along the forest service road to the southwest as it cuts across the woodland landscape and passes the Grays Peak Campground. If you are wanting to turn this adventure into a multi-day excursion, then this is a great place to set up camp.

    If not, continue on to the southwest through the forest, where the terrain will eventually become more rocky and features some interesting boulder formations. Here, you will make the final push up to the summit of Butler Peak, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and forests from atop a lookout tower. After taking in the views, simply head back along the same route to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Butler Peak Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Butler Peak Trail can be found along Rim of the World Drive, just 2.1 km northwest of Fawnskin.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Gray’s Peak Campground

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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