Gray Butte Loop

Redmond, Oregon

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The outing involves a loop of 7.1 miles, and a 2 mile out-and-back. The trip includes 5 miles of single-track. After three miles of roads, you get on single-track. Here, the route continues to climb, traversing around the west flank of Gray Butte. This stretch provides views of familiar landmarks like Black Butte, Green Ridge, and Three Sisters. An exhilarating single-track descent off of Gray Butte into Skull Hollow highlights the excursion. The route dodges trees, banks past rocks, and swoops through swales. The trail leads the way, but it's up to you to negotiate its sandy corners, rocky sections of tread, and occasional steep drops (fun stuff). The trailhead is Skull Hollow Campground in the Crooked River National Grassland, about 15 miles northeast of Redmond.

Gray Butte Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The outing involves a loop of 7.1 miles, and a 2 mile out-and-back. The trip includes 5 miles of single-track. After three miles of roads, you get on single-track. Here, the route continues to climb, traversing around the west flank of Gray Butte. This stretch provides views of familiar landmarks like Black Butte, Green Ridge, and Three Sisters.

An exhilarating single-track descent off of Gray Butte into Skull Hollow highlights the excursion. The route dodges trees, banks past rocks, and swoops through swales. The trail leads the way, but it's up to you to negotiate its sandy corners, rocky sections of tread, and occasional steep drops (fun stuff). The trailhead is Skull Hollow Campground in the Crooked River National Grassland, about 15 miles northeast of Redmond."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Redmond
Distance: 9.1
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late in spring through the fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,100 feet
Local Contacts: Crooked River National Grassland 541-416-6640
Local Maps: "Mountain Biking Central Oregon" by Fat Tire Publications, USGS Gray Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to Gray Butte Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

3/22/2009
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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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