Mount Baker and the Park Butte Lookout


Park Butte Lookout Under the Big Dipper

Park Butte Lookout Under the Big Dipper


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.
Park Butte Lookout

Park Butte Lookout


Open to the public to stay the night the Lookout provides some spectacular views.
View from inside

View from inside


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.
Mount Baker. Te ridge on the right is Railroad Grade

Mount Baker. The ridge on the right is Railroad Grade

Lookout at Sunset

Lookout at Sunset


The twilight set the place aglow. Bellingham in the distance created almost too much light!
Twilight

Twilight

Big Dipper, Park Butte Lookout and Bellingham

Park Butte Lookout and Bellingham


Luck was with me, the Milky Way aligned with the summit, looking as if Mount Baker was spewing stars.
Mount Baker and the Milky Way

Mount Baker and the Milky Way

Mount Baker and the Milky Way

Mount Baker and the Milky Way


We left at midnight to hike back down and made it home at about 3am.
Lookout at night

Lookout at night

A very satisfying night!

13 thoughts on “Mount Baker and the Park Butte Lookout

    • Yes, yes, yes, if you can go to a lookout tower at night, do it! Try to get a night with no clouds and a new moon. And bring a few flashlights to illuminate the inside.

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