Black Butte

Sisters, Oregon

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Snow-covered peaks get all the love, but this dark Central Oregon summit should be on your list. While 6436-foot Black Butte is dwarfed by big Bachelor and the Three Sisters just across the way, the summit has 360-degree views, making it a premier vantage point for appreciating the entire Central Oregon landscape. And here's a fun fact: Black Butte is actually older than the higher-up jagged Cascades, although you'd never guess it. The brooding butte maintains its youthful symmetrical shape because it wasn't carved by glaciers like the other peaks were.
Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon

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Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon

by Brittany Manwill (The Mountaineers Books)

Snow-covered peaks get all the love, but this dark Central Oregon summit should be on your list. While 6436-foot Black Butte is dwarfed by big Bachelor and the Three Sisters just across the way, the summit has 360-degree views, making it a premier vantage point for appreciating the entire Central Oregon landscape.

And here's a fun fact: Black Butte is actually older than the higher-up jagged Cascades, although you'd never guess it. The brooding butte maintains its youthful symmetrical shape because it wasn't carved by glaciers like the other peaks were.

© 2016 Brittany Manwill /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sisters
Distance: 4.0
Elevation Gain: 1,550 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4-5 hours
Season: June-Nov
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District
Local Maps: 3 Green Trails No. 590 Sisters
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Butte

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