For a long, hard route on the Butte visit

For a shorter ride, just head up the dirt road leading to the top and retrace the route. This information below comes from the Chelan Chamber of Commerce:

Attractions: This is not a ride for the faint hearted, but the effort is worth the beautiful views. Chelan Butte Road is a County maintained road that winds up the 3,800 foot Butte for access to the various radio and telecommunications towers at the top. Chelan Butte is also a world famous hang gliding launch.

Distance: roughly 6 miles (one way)

Difficulty: Hard climb

Skill: 3 (advanced)

Fitness: 3 (advanced)

Maps. See our map.

Access: Drive or ride from town to Lakeside Park and head up.

Trip Instructions: Start at Lakeside Park, cross Highway 97A (across from the Lakeside Best Western) and head up the Butte Road. The pavement will eventually end and turn to dirt. This climb is 2,700 feet to the top. At the top the reward is the view… a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside that includes the Cascade Mountain Range, the eastern Washington bread basket, the Columbia River and of course, Lake Chelan. Hey, the ride down is a lot easier and if you climb Chelan Butte, you’ve earned the downhill.

Best Seasons: Spring or Fall (early morning or late afternoons).

Leave It Better than You Found It. This should be every user’s goal. Pick up trash left by others, pull noxious weeds along your route, throw branches over unwanted spur trails, etc.

Disclaimer. Treat this information as recommendations, not gospel. Conditions change and those contributing these reports are volunteers–they may make mistakes or not know all the issues affecting a route. You are responsible for yourself, your actions, and your safety. If you won’t accept that responsibility, you are prohibited from using our information.

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