McCellan Buttte Trail is a thriller for the hikers who love a good workout. Once you start your trip you will quickly reach a crosing and unpaved road servicing the Bonneville power lines and trail junction. At about 0.2 miles make a left turn and follow the road for a little over half a mile. You will then approach Alice Creek over an old concrete culvert. A switchback and a climbing traverse ascend the embankment of the former Milwaukee Road Railroad. The railroad was built in 1908 and abandoned in 1980 and is now a part of the John Wayne Trail. You will reach the John Wayne Trail at milepost 1.0 and continue up the trail, crossing Forest Service Road 9020 at milepost 1.9. Cross the road and continue.
The trail gets steep and switchbacks through woods revealing peak-a-boo views of the valley and surrounding peaks. At approximately milepost 4.5 cross a ridge to the west side of the peak and see views of the Cedar River Watershed and eventually Seattle and Puget Sound. Keep on the trail and to the west side and you will summit the ridge at about 4 miles. Here is where you can see the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley, but its not over yet. From the end of a rocky, unstable you can summit to McClellan Butte Please be careful here, especially when wet.