Black Butte Trail 4026

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Distance5.0mi
Elevation Gain3,399ft
Trailhead Elevation3,028ft
Top6,421ft
Elevation Min/Max3025/6421ft
Elevation Start/End3028/3028ft

Black Butte Trail 4026

Black Butte Trail 4026 is a hiking trail in Jefferson County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 3,028 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,399 feet. The Black Butte Trail-Lower Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. Black Butte (elevation 6,355 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Black Butte Loops and Butte Loops 4093.

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Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series) (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"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." Read more
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Chris Van Tilburg
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"Black Butte is another roadside cinder cone, in proximity to Black Butte Ranch, and near Sisters." Read more
Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Brittany Manwill
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"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." Read more
Best Dog Hikes Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"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." Read more
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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"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." Read more

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8/20/2010
A beautiful but grueling hike and well worth it. We did it in one long day and were thankful for preparing months before hand with practice hikes and conditioning. Along with others here I would recommend poles and gaiters, especially near the top where the fine pumice rock will work its way into your boots.
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8/8/2010
This is basically a tough and beautiful day hike. A friend and I got to the south rim of the crater in about 3 hours, but that's probably on the fast side. There was very little snow along the route, but gaiters were handy for keeping the pumice out of my boots on the way down. Trekking poles were very welcome too. Overall, this is one of the most accessible volcanoes, yet offers views comparable to tougher, technical climbs. Fantastic.
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9/2/2009
If you are staying at Black Butte Ranch, this hike beacons you. Challenging, particularly if you have children with you. We had to turn back just 10 minutes shy of the summit (darn!) but the views were still incredible, and we felt like we had accomplished something.
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7/4/2009
The views from atop are unbeatable. Fairly easy hike...even if the grade is relentless all the way to the top!
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6/24/2008
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6/3/2008
A fantastic hike; challenging, especially when carrying a heavy pack for conditioning. Tried this hike a week prior and had to turn around at 6000', 1/4 mile from the summit; white-out conditions and deep snow. Tremendous views of the Cascades from the summit. Trailhead easy to find but the last 2 miles or so were fairly rough and required reduced speed and attention to rocks and potholes. OK for most any vehicle except RV or the like.
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8/15/2006
Long, not uncrowded. Fair views. The crater is cool!
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7/20/2006
My dog and I did this hike and had a blast. I can't say much that hasn't been said in the other reviews except: START EARLY!!! We stayed the night before at the Devil's Lake C.G., which is right at the trailhead, and got a 5 a.m. start. I brought an axe and crampons, which proved useful in the firm morning snow/ice (It softens quickly after the sun sneaks around). Not only does an early start provide solitude, it also spares you the hot, direct rays of the sun, as the entire route is up the South face. On my way down, I passed so many climbers on the way up, hating the heat. Again, START EARLY!!!!!!! - You'll have a much better time!!!!
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7/2/2005
This trail is absolutely beautiful! The views are amazing. The trail is obviously steep but not to bad until you get to about 8850 feet. After that it's crazy. You have to scramble up a cinder rock path with rocks anywhere from gravel to 5-6 inches in diameter. At some points my daughter ( It was her eighteenth birthday - what a birthday present huh!?) had to practically claw her way up and would slide back 5 feet at times. If you are afraid of heights the trail at this point narrows and climbs along a ridge so it can be pretty freaky for about .7miles. Also there were quite a few people that we ran into who were affected by the altitude after this point. If you can only make it to here though, it is well worth the hike. You can see to the edge of the world (it seems like) to the south. If you make it to the top you can see the same to the north, including middle and north sister close enough to almost touch them. Be prepared for all weather and plan on climbing up in some snow. The trail disappears in spots under the snow so you have to continually watch for it. It is also marked with posts though so you won't wander too far off. Hiking poles or an ice axe are a must (we didn't have them - never again!) and gaitors would be a plus also. On the way down though, you'll be happy about the snow - you can slide down about 500-1000 feet depending on the size of the snowfields and save your knees a bit!! All in all it was a very difficult climb at the end, but you cannot get a view like this one from anywhere else.
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8/31/2002
Although I and my family had a blast on this trail, I definitely wouldn't suggest it if you're out of shape or not into a challenge. Even if you're forced to take it pretty slow, the view of Broken Top, Middle & North Sisters, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood are totally worth it. Gear we didn't have that we wish we did: treking poles and gaiters for descending the steep shale.
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Trail Information

Deschutes National Forest
Nearby City
Deschutes National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District
Local Contacts
3 Green Trails No. 590 Sisters
Local Maps

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