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Black Butte Trail Is Short But Steep

The trail to the top of Black Butte starts part way up the butte after a drive on a fairly well maintained dirt and gravel road followed by a poorly maintained dirt and rock road. Once you reach the trailhead (complete with stocked toilets), the two mile hike to the top of the butte can be accomplished fairly quickly.  Hikers gain over 1500 feet in the two miles, but the Cascade views from Broken Top to Mt Adams can be spectacular on a clear day. 

There is limited parking at the Black Butte Trailhead (forest pass required) so hikers are recommended to arrive early to get a spot and to avoid crowds.  The hike is very popular with visitors to Black Butte Ranch and and Camp Sherman as well as local year-round residents.

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

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I would love to make that ascension Lynnea Miller, and I could, but my lung power has greatly deminished and it may take twice as long as most other hikers.

May 22, 2024 02:42 PM
Lynnea Miller

Bob - there are people of many different athletic abilities climbing the butte - typically later in the day than us as we see them going up as we are going down.  But it isn't that long a hike, although steep.

May 22, 2024 03:08 PM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

Hi, Lynnea. These are some fantastic pictures. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week.

May 22, 2024 02:55 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

Wow, this photo is magnificent!  There are so many beautiful spots in Oregon.  Last summer I enjoyed the area around Lakeside and visited a wonderful winery in the hills as well.  Reustles.  Enjoy your summer in temperate Oregon!

May 22, 2024 04:16 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You live in an area where every turn offers a new view, and they are all beautiful.

May 22, 2024 07:02 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lynnea... as always, I enjoyed your photos. I'm sure you are looking forward to more hiking this summer season.

May 23, 2024 03:38 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a beautiful area you live in and I really enjoy that you share your explorations with us!!!

May 23, 2024 05:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That sounds like a wonderful hike! Several of our hiking destinations are still covered by snow!

May 23, 2024 06:07 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Kat Palmiotti .  The high Cascades are still snow covered and probably will remain that way until at least the end of June.  We had a wet winter (great for our drought), but I am anxious to hike more in the mountains.

May 23, 2024 09:30 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lynnea Miller those are gorgeous views.  Well worth the hike!!!

May 23, 2024 10:07 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi George Souto .  I am so happy to get back into hiking in the woods and mountains.  I enjoy the winter hikes we take in the high desert, but there is nothing that beats the smell of the pine trees and views we get in the high Cascades.

May 23, 2024 10:41 AM