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.
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."
--Lizann Dunegan, Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend and Central Oregon - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Lizann Dunegan, Trail Running Oregon (Falcon Guides).
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