Gray Butte Trail Number 852

Crooked River National Grassland, Oregon

Elevation Gain929ft
Trailhead Elevation4,048ft
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.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend and Central Oregon - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"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." Read more
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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"Though the tallest landmark in the area, Gray Butte is nearly always overshadowed by the beauty and popularity of nearby Smith Rock State Park. Overlooking Gray Butte, however, is a mistake. Not only does the area provide wonderful solitude on the trails, but parking is never an issue, nor are park fees. A combination of well-worn horse and mountain trails, combined with a bit of gavel road, makes for an excellent loop with an opportunity for 360-degree views around the butte. Plus, you get to see what many park goers never see at Smith Rock—the back side of it." Read more

Gray Butte Trail Number 852 Reviews

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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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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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a very steady 5+ mile climb up to the north east corner of butte, loose rock on double track as well as lots of loose rock on single. Hourses have roughed up the trail on the way up. Steep decline that can be challenging. multiple man gates and open range so watch for cows. Also snakes

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Crooked River National Grassland
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Crooked River National Grassland
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Maps: Crooked River National Grassland map; USGS map: Gray Butte, OR
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