34. Split Rock to Wagner Butte (and back)

  • Distance: 9.4 miles
  • Min/max elev.: 6519’/7187′
  • Elev. gain/loss: 2381’/-2381′

Head north from the Split Rock TH and climb the occasionally faint and narrow trail to McDonald Peak. Descending from McDonald Peak, keep your eyes open for the trail as it can disappear on you. A rock section after a mile or so involves a small amount of scrambling and a steep descent. Roll on to the Wagner Glade/Wagner Butte trail intersection and follow the Wagner Butte sign to head up the remaining distance. The last section of the Wagner Butte trail involves a quick scramble up some granite. Return the same way.