Black Butte

Bend, Oregon

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The popular Black Butte Trail was originally used to pack supplies up to the butte’s first fire lookout in 1910. Local Camp Sherman residents began hiking the trail soon after in what historians say were post–dance hall night hikes timed to catch the morning sunrise from the summit. Black Butte’s 6,436-foot summit and nearly perfectly symmetrical shape make it one of Central Oregon’s most recognized landmarks. Though much smaller in stature than the neighboring Cascades, the region’s tallest butte is held in deep regard by locals, who have been hiking its ?anks for over a century.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

The popular Black Butte Trail was originally used to pack supplies up to the butte’s first fire lookout in 1910. Local Camp Sherman residents began hiking the trail soon after in what historians say were post–dance hall night hikes timed to catch the morning sunrise from the summit.

Black Butte’s 6,436-foot summit and nearly perfectly symmetrical shape make it one of Central Oregon’s most recognized landmarks. Though much smaller in stature than the neighboring Cascades, the region’s tallest butte is held in deep regard by locals, who have been hiking its ?anks for over a century.

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

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 4.7
Elevation Gain: 735 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round, sunrise–sunset. Best: Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest; 541-549-7700, www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes
Local Maps: Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington Trails Illustrated Topographic Map by National Geographic ($11.95, natgeomaps.com)
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Butte

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