Black Butte Loops

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain364ft
Trailhead Elevation3,543ft
Elevation Min/Max3207/3543ft
Elevation Start/End3543/3543ft

Black Butte Loops

Black Butte Loops is a hiking trail in Deschutes County and Jefferson County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 3,543 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 364 feet. This trail connects with the following: Black Butte Trail 4026 and National Forest Development Road 1105.

Black Butte Loops Trip Reports

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Pleasant hike to Morain Lake at Mile 2 from Devil's Lake trail head with an overnight at one of the designated tent sites on the ridge overlooking the lake. A bit of heaven. Alpine start (3 a.m.) for the summit hoping to watch sunrise from there.

Temperature was below freezing and there was about 3 inches of snow that fell two days before on the last mile or so. Otherwise the trail was in great shape and easy to follow in the bright moonlight.

Missed sunrise by an hour and missed the true summit by 100 feet as it was to icy to risk. Crampons and/or ice ax would have been useful but only for the last 1/2 mile and especially during the decent.

A strenuous scramble but worth the effort!

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Trail Information

Deschutes National Forest
Nearby City
Deschutes National Forest
Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District
Local Contacts
3 Green Trails No. 590 Sisters
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