Black Butte is a Wonderful Central Oregon Hike

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

Great Workout and Great Views


Black Butte is an iconic landmark just outside Sisters Oregon and over the years has also been a fire lookout. Today it is a terrific hike climbing 1600 feet in just under 2 miles. When hiked Black Butte on May 8, 2021, the weather was cloudy and cool, but the trail was free from snow until just before the top of the butte. To access the trail head, travel west on Highway 22 five miles past Sisters until you reach the Indian Ford Campground exit (milepost 95). Travel on paved Forest Road 11 until you reach unpaved Forest Road 1110. Travel on 1110 just under six miles to the trailhead (the last mile is quite narrow and rough).  The trail head requires a forest pass and the parking area can fill up early.  

The path to the top of the Butte is well maintained and popular. We saw people running the path to the top and others hiking with children. On May 8th, the wind was blowing at the top of the Butte and it was chilly; those dressed in running shorts didn't stay long. We were dressed for cool weather and were able to enjoy the time at the top seeing the lookouts and the brand new observation deck still under construction. 

During our hike down, we were amazed at the numbers of people we passed climbing up. During that two mile trek down, we estimate we passed 70 people hiking up. Obviously others enjoy climbing Central Oregon mountains as much as we do!

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Comments (11)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


The views, WOW. Make it the best Tuesday, and dont forget the Tacos.  Bill Salvatore

May 11, 2021 02:34 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Thanks for your comment, Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog .  I love the views we have in Central Oregon.  They are really outstanding.

May 11, 2021 02:56 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Lynnea,  Thanks for taking us on another great hike.  This is a beautiful area, and I would love to be able to hike it in person.

May 11, 2021 03:51 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Your main photo is magnificent!  Could not read a full sentence without going back to view it again.  Awesome!  Thank you for sharing.  Mark  PS...Kudos on the 1600 feet in 2 miles - also impressive.  

May 11, 2021 04:49 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning Lynnea.

I like it when you go on a hike.  We get to see all the sights without the workout.

May 12, 2021 12:30 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Lynnea! Looks like you picked the perfect time to go. I love the blend of some areas thawed and some still in snow

May 12, 2021 06:59 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday afternoon, Lynnea.

Take care, be safe and have a lovely weekend.

May 14, 2021 12:45 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Roy Kelley .  Thank you for the reblog! And have a great weekend yourself.  We will be doing another hike on Saturday. 😀

May 14, 2021 03:25 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I would definitely consider going up there on my next trip near that area. :

May 14, 2021 11:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lynnea, what a perfect photo, it is so captivating I almost want to go and get close to it, Endre

May 14, 2021 11:13 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Lynnea, What a great view and thanks for sharing it with us here in the Rain.  Keep the pictures coming.


May 16, 2021 09:17 AM