Black Butte Lookout Drive

Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Elevation Gain67ft
Trailhead Elevation4,409ft
Elevation Min/Max4409/4476ft
Elevation Start/End4409/4409ft

Black Butte Lookout Drive

Black Butte Lookout Drive is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Siskiyou County, California. It is within Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 4,409 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 67 feet. This trail connects with the following: Forest Route 41n18.

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100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares
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"To those traveling I-5 in far Northern California, Black Butte looms as a dark, impossibly steep visage rising 2,400 feet less than a mile away. Surprisingly, a moderately graded trail can take you to the summit of this volcano, where spectacular views await. Black Butte, a relatively young volcano at a mere ten thousand years old, formed from four successive eruptions."
Hiking California's Mount Shasta Region (Falcon Guides)
Bubba Suess
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"Black Butte is one of the iconic landmarks of the Mount Shasta area. As you drive north on I-5, the dark cone looms ominously above the freeway, and it seems unlikely that a hikeable trail could climb to the top. Not only does the trail climb to the very tiptop, it is not a difficult hike and has some nice surprises along the way. From the summit there is a jaw-dropping 360-degree vista. This is one of the classic hikes in the Mount Shasta area."

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This is a good hike for humans. This is not a hike for dogs. Please do not bring your dogs on this hike. It is rock and jagged rocks and then big boulder rough rocks. It says it is a dog friendly trail, meaning dogs are allowed, but it is not a trail for their pads. I turned around about 3/4 of a mile in and another family was trying to carry down their great dane that had completely ripped off pads because they went to the top.

If you are hiking without dogs, this is a great workout and has views all the way up. Rough on the ankles and knees, but beautiful.
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Extremely rocky and steep. Not too bad to summit, but your ankles will be tired upon the return trip since it is so steep.

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Trail Information

Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Nearby City
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Mount Shasta Ranger District, 204 W. Alma St., Mount Shasta, CA 96067; (530) 926-4511;
Local Contacts
USGS City of Mount Shasta
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