The Park Butte Lookout is perched atop a ridge on the south side of Mount Baker.
The 4 mile trail switchbacks up the slopes, breaking out into Morovitz Meadows and traversing along the mountain to a last steep climb to the Lookout.
Open to the public to stay the night the Lookout provides some spectacular views.
On this particular night I waited for the new moon so the stars would be out and managed to arrive there just as the sun set.
The twilight set the place aglow. Bellingham in the distance created almost too much light!
Luck was with me, the Milky Way aligned with the summit, looking as if Mount Baker was spewing stars.
We left at midnight to hike back down and made it home at about 3am.
A very satisfying night!