Black Butte Loops

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Distance3.5mi
Elevation Gain364ft
Trailhead Elevation3,543ft
Top3,543ft
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 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Snow-covered peaks get all the love, but this dark Central Oregon summit should be on your list. While 6436-foot Black Butte is dwarfed by big Bachelor and the Three Sisters just across the way, the summit has 360-degree views, making it a premier vantage point for appreciating the entire Central Oregon landscape.

And here's a fun fact: Black Butte is actually older than the higher-up jagged Cascades, although you'd never guess it. The brooding butte maintains its youthful symmetrical shape because it wasn't carved by glaciers like the other peaks were."

"Black Butte is known for being almost perfectly conical in form. Of course, the closer you get to the summit, the less this will seem like the case, but from a distance the central Oregon landmark cuts a striking figure in the skyline. In the winter it receives few visitors, but don’t let this stop you. There’s a lot to see from its summit, and getting to the top is a good test of your stamina.

The summit of this imposing landmark is a great spot for central Oregon views in all directions. There’s the added benefit of seeing Black Butte as you drive back and forth between the Willamette Valley and the Bend and Sisters area, which means that, if you successfully attain the summit, you can sigh with satisfaction as this hill’s massive bulk comes into view. It’s not an easy climb, even though it looks like it should be, but it’s worth the effort."

"Black Butte is another roadside cinder cone, in proximity to Black Butte Ranch, and near Sisters."

"This trail leads to the top of one of Central Oregon’s best-known landmarks, 6,436 foot Black Butte. The summit includes three historic fire lookouts and fantastic views of several Cascade peaks to the west. Interpretive signs en route to the summit point out native plant and tree species.

Black Butte rises 6,436 feet above the Central Oregon landscape. This well-known geological landmark, a 1.5-million-year-old stratovolcano, was created by numerous basaltic lava flows over hundreds of years. Because Black Butte stands in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, it has not been exposed to the eroding forces of wind and water like its neighboring peaks and has therefore managed to maintain its
conical shape."

"A day hike to the summit of a large cinder cone, featuring stunning views of the east side of the Cascades from Mount Jefferson to the Three Sisters. Black Butte is an immense cinder cone set well to the east of the main Cascade crest and rising 3,000 feet above its immediate base.

The 6,430-foot summit has been used as a fire lookout since the early days of the Forest Service. It’s still in use today, and hikers can view three generations of lookout structures. The hike is dry and can be warm; be sure to bring plenty of water. The popular trail starts climbing at a moderate rate and never relents until reaching the top."

"Black Butte rises 6,436 feet above the central Oregon landscape.This well-known geological landmark, a 1.5-million-year-old stratovolcano, was created by numerous basaltic lava flows over hundreds of years. Because Black Butte stands in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, it has not been exposed to the eroding forces of wind and water like its neighboring peaks and has therefore managed to maintain its conical shape.

This trail leads to the top of one of central Oregon’s best-known landmarks, 6,436-foot Black Butte. The summit includes three historic fire lookouts and fantastic views of several Cascade peaks to the west. Interpretive signs en route to the summit point out native plant and tree species."

"A nice dirt path leading to the spectacular summit of Black Butte in the Deschutes National Forest. Mountain views. This tough route takes you to the top of one of the tallest cinder cones in the state.

The strenuous climb to the 6,436-foot summit can be hot and dusty, but the close-up views of the Cascade Mountains well make up for it. Once you reach the top, be sure to check out the historic fire lookouts. Consider bringing an extra layer for the sometimes-chilly summit."

"The popular Black Butte Trail was originally used to pack supplies up to the butte’s first fire lookout in 1910. Local Camp Sherman residents began hiking the trail soon after in what historians say were post–dance hall night hikes timed to catch the morning sunrise from the summit.

Black Butte’s 6,436-foot summit and nearly perfectly symmetrical shape make it one of Central Oregon’s most recognized landmarks. Though much smaller in stature than the neighboring Cascades, the region’s tallest butte is held in deep regard by locals, who have been hiking its ?anks for over a century."

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9/8/2009
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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Deschutes National Forest
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Deschutes National Forest
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Dog-friendly
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Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District
Local Contacts
3 Green Trails No. 590 Sisters
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