Yellow Butte

Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area, California

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Yellow Butte


  • Gorgeous Mount Shasta and wonderful mountain lupine.- Yellow Butte
  • Grand Mount Shasta off in the distance, one of the best views in the entire region.- Yellow Butte
  • Parking and the entrance.- Yellow Butte
  • On the trail to Yellow Butte.- Yellow Butte
  • A haystack formation on the trail to Yellow Butte.- Yellow Butte
  • The first nice view of Mount Shasta. - Yellow Butte
  • Yellow Butte in the distance, ready for a climb.- Yellow Butte
  • Haystack, the Trinities, and the Eddy Range in the distance. - Yellow Butte
  • Sheep Rock.- Yellow Butte
  • The summit of Yellow Butte.- Yellow Butte
  • Phlox.- Yellow Butte
  • Indian paintbrush.- Yellow Butte
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Yellow Butte
Overview + Weather
Not crowded. Easy climb. Amazing views of Mount Shasta.
Rattlesnakes. No shade.
Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area, CA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
450.00 ft (137.16 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,850.00 ft (1,173.48 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


One of the least visited and least traveled colored buttes in the Mount Shasta region, Yellow Butte is a hidden gem in a valley of great hikes. With basically no one ever climbing the butte, you are offered a chance to ditch the more frequently traveled areas and to enjoy one of the best views of Mount Shasta and the Shasta Valley. To the north the valley stretches to the Oregon border, to the south the gorgeous Mount Shasta, to the west the Trinity Divide and the Mount Eddy range, and to the east the northern regions of the cascades and sheep rock. This short climb is very well worth the time to make the 600-foot climb. The ideal time would be a sunset hike as it would be a bit cooler and offer amazing views for a sunset. Wildflowers also abound as you climb the old forest road. The views make this little-used trail something that should be on everyone's list when visiting the Mount Shasta region!

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