Horse Butte

Bend, Oregon

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The Horse Butte Loop is known in Central Oregon as a great spot for winter riding, running, and hiking. The attractive loop also makes up the Horse Butte 10-Miler, which has become known to local runners as the unofficial spring kick-off to trail racing. The run is a good one any time of year, though it can get very hot and dusty in the summer. Regardless of the season, however, you’ll be guaranteed gorgeous, open views of the Cascade Mountains and closeup views of the area’s namesake butte—a reddish-tinted structure that’s striking in and of itself. The run can be undertaken clockwise or counterclockwise.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

The Horse Butte Loop is known in Central Oregon as a great spot for winter riding, running, and hiking. The attractive loop also makes up the Horse Butte 10-Miler, which has become known to local runners as the unofficial spring kick-off to trail racing.

The run is a good one any time of year, though it can get very hot and dusty in the summer. Regardless of the season, however, you’ll be guaranteed gorgeous, open views of the Cascade Mountains and closeup views of the area’s namesake butte—a reddish-tinted structure that’s striking in and of itself. The run can be undertaken clockwise or counterclockwise.

© 2016 Lucas Alberg/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 551 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round, sunrise–sunset Best: Winter
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest; 541-383-4000, www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes
Local Maps: Bend, Oregon, Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12, adventuremaps.net)
Driving Directions: Directions to Horse Butte

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