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One of the most popular hikes along the I-90 corridor is the trail up McClellan Butte. With a low elevation start, it melts out fairly quickly. Unfortunately, the trail crosses a few avalanche prone slopes and has caught many unknowing hikers over the years. The summit block has a bit of danger as well, but the views are about the same from just below. Go in summer or fall and you will have a great hike.
Distance: 4.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,300 feet
Summit Elevation: 5,162 feet
Access Rating: 3
From North Bend, go east on I-90 to Exit 42 the Tinkham Exit. Go south on FR 55 for 0.3 miles to the trailhead access road on the right. Drive up it and park in the parking area trailhead for McClellan Butte.
The trail is easy to follow and signed at several trail junctions. After a half mile the trail hits an old road but a sign says to turn right. After about 0.4 miles of this old road, you hit the John Wayne Trail. Again, a sign will show you where to turn off. The route passes through some nice forests before wrapping around to the west side where nice rocky openings are found. The final rocky summit is easy scrambling but there is serious exposure. Enough that a slip could be death.
I-90 and Mt. Si on the left
Looking toward Snoqualmie Pass
Looking out to Puget Sound
Webb Mountain and Mount Defiance