The Best Central Oregon Hike Right Now

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

During the Covid-19 Pandemic with many of the most popular trails shut down, we have been looking for places to hike that may still be open and accessible this time of year. Yesterday we hiked Black Butte Trail for the first time. We have lived in Central Oregon since 1985, but have never attempted this hike before. The drive to the trail head was over 5 miles of dirt road (Forest Service Road 1110), after leaving paved Forest Service Road 11 with that last mile of road very rough. But we discovered that this is a very popular hike and the parking lot was full; forest passes are required to park.

Black Butte Hike

We had had a light dusting of snow the night before, so our hike started in the pines with the path highlighted by the snow on both sides. As we climbed, the snow was more prevalent in the trees and once we got close to the top, we had to traverse a slippery snow patch to reach the summit. But the views were stunning and all who were there seemed to appreciate wandering around the old fire lookout buildings and finding the best place to enjoy lunch and the Cascade views.

The hike was just under 4 miles up and back with the elevation gain 1600 feet. This is a moderate hike, not too long, with the trail pretty well maintained. With the high Cascades still closed, Black Butte has become our favorite Central Oregon hike for this time of year.

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Original blog can be read at Bend Premier Real Estate's blog page.

Comments (4)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lynnea,  I need to get out and walk more and get over this depress feeling I am in till I can show homes.


May 04, 2020 04:42 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am going to keep this post in mind since one of the first trips that I want to make after I retire is a drive up the Oregon coast.

May 05, 2020 07:12 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Will Hamm . My husband and I are finding new places each weekend to hike.  It is what is keeping us sane in this time of craziness. 

May 05, 2020 09:24 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Brian England . The Oregon coast is beautiful and I love our visits there - athough the governor still has all parking along the coast shut down. Our piece of Oregon is Central - just on the east side of the Cascades where the pine trees meet the high desert. We have the beauty of Oregon without the heavy rain they get on the west side of the state.

May 05, 2020 09:25 AM