Gray Butte Trail Number 852

Crooked River National Grassland, Oregon

Distance1.5mi
Elevation Gain929ft
Trailhead Elevation4,048ft
Top4,272ft
Elevation Min/Max4016/4272ft
Elevation Start/End4048/4048ft

Gray Butte Trail Number 852

Gray Butte Trail Number 852 is a hiking trail in Jefferson County, Oregon. It is within Crooked River National Grassland. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 4,048 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 929 feet. The Austin Creson Viewpoint can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Cole Loop Trail Number 854.

Gray Butte Trail Number 852 Professional Reviews and Guides

"This route travels through a fragrant sage-and-juniper landscape of the Crooked River National Grasslands. At the trail’s turnaround point, you’ll have grand views of the Central Cascade Mountains.

After following the singletrack trail for 1.9 miles you’ll arrive at a side trail on the right that leads to the Austin Creson Viewpoint. A memorial plaque for Austin Creson is located at this point and is dedicated to his hard work on planning the Gray Butte Trail. From the viewpoint you’ll have spectacular views of the Three Sisters Mountains, Broken Top, Black Butte, and Mount Jefferson."

"High-desert trail that skirts the northwest edge of Gray Butte and then takes you into the Crooked River Canyon at Smith Rock State Park. Bridge crossings. Mountain views. If you love deserts and solitude, this run is for you. This singletrack route skirts the northwest edge of 5,108-foot Gray Butte, located in the high-desert landscape of Crooked River National Grassland and ending at Smith Rock State Park.

The trail weaves its way through a sage-and juniper-scented landscape around the base of Gray Butte. It then clings to the edge of two prominent ridges, offering awesome views of the Three Sisters volcanoes, Broken Top, Black Butte, and Mount Jefferson. After 6.2 miles you’ll enter the volcanic landscape of Smith Rock State Park. This 641-acre park features a beautiful canyon carved by the Crooked River."

Gray Butte Trail Number 852 Reviews

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9/15/2009
trail is in good shape and all. I was wanting to write this review to express the fun elevation gains and wonderful views. This run is to be taken a little more seriously than your average moderate mileage run. Have fun!!
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6/5/2009
This 3.8 mile there-and-back trail is a climb on a narrow, rocky path to an amazing viewpoint. It is about a 30 minute drive from Terrebonne to the trailhead (the approach road past Skull Hollow Campground is pretty rough in places, so drive slow) and about 1.75 hours of total walking time. Be careful in the second half of the loop; with the rapid climb and rocky path it is easy to roll an ankle. The W-NW view from the Gray Butte viewpoint is extraordinary and worth every minute of the climb, it's a great place to sit and collect your thoughts for a while (and watch a sunset if timed right). It does get pretty cold and windy at the top outside of summer so dress accordingly. The climb is consistent and gradual, making it an ideal medium fitness hike. Also a great trail for those who like seclusion--it's likely you won't run into another human on the trail (though you will see plenty of range cows). Overall the seclusion and scenery make this a trail I keep returning to.
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Trail Information

Crooked River National Grassland
Nearby City
Crooked River National Grassland
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Views
Features
Maps: Crooked River National Grassland map; USGS map: Gray Butte, OR
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