Yellow Aster Butte
August 2013 with Darryl, Trudy, Eva, Peter C, and Philippe
While I was off work in 2013 I was able to do a few midweek hikes. It’s nice to be on relatively lightly travelled trails though the traffic on the highways and border crossings wasn’t any better.
I got together with a few lucky retired people, and one who works shifts, to do this hike. One other shift worker had to work at the last minute and another got sick and couldn’t make it. We piled into Darryl’s van and headed out.
I’d done this hike a few years before but somehow I don’t remember it being that exciting. But I gave it another chance and it was an outstanding hike. It starts from Twin Lakes Road at the same trailhead as Tomyhoi Lake. Many people have talked about their previous hikes to Tomyhoi but I never saw the attraction. The trail to Yellow Aster Butte which branches off from the Tomyhoi trail is a relatively new one which replaces an old one which started further down the road. The old trail was known as the Keep Kool trail, and from what I’ve heard that name was somewhat ironic as it didn’t sound like an appealing way to get here.
I don’t know why this peak is called a butte as opposed to a mountain because it’s a fairly typical mountain, albeit one of the easier ones in the area – just a walkup with no scrambling or use of hands. But the views are wonderful – north to the Border Peaks, Mounts Larabee and Tomyhoi.
Around the same time, following a drive up the Chilliwack River valley and crossing Tamihi Creek, matching up the maps it occurred to me that Tamihi is what Tomyhoi is known as on the Canadian side. And what we call Slesse is Silesia on the U.S. side.
east to Winchester Mountain and more mountains in the North Cascades National Park area
south to Mount Baker (The Big One)
Mount Shuksan and meadows
I don’t recall a lot of other details about this hike, apart from great views and flowers. And I don’t remember much of bugs on the actual trail, except at the end when we got back to the van and Darryl yelled “get in and close the door fast!” They were pretty fearsome at the trailhead.
Nobody knows why it’s called Yellow Aster Butte since we don’t have any asters that are yellow. Maybe whoever named it was thinking of Arnica.