Great Cascade Mountain Hike With a Surprise

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

Maxwell Butte Is A 10 Mile Hike In The Willamette National Forest

The 4th of July 2024 was a clear and beautiful day to hike in the forests of Oregon's Cascades. Despite a few mosquitoes in the early hours of the hike, the well marked trail to the top of Maxwell Butte was cleared of fallen trees and only had a few snow patches once the trek up the butte itself began. However, the walk through the woods was lovely with many shade-loving wildflowers blooming and no one else seen.

Maxwell Butte Trailhead Maxwell Butte
Maxwell Butte Maxwell Butte

After passing small Twin Lakes and the junction with the Lava Lakes Trail, the hike passes through more woods and open areas until the final push up Maxwell Butte starts. The trail steepens and switchbacks and as hikers gain elevation, the views towards North and Middle Sister, The Husband, the Wife and then Broken Top become visible. The topography of Hogg Rock, Hoodoo and Hayrick Butte become very evident as hikers climb. However, it isn't until the peak of Maxwell Butte is reached before the stunning views of Three Fingered Jack become seen. Three Fingered Jack's western flank fills the view from the top of Maxwell Butte. Turning slightly west, the views toward Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood and the multitude of small and larger lakes in this section of the Willamette National Forest and Jefferson Wilderness were obvious, as were the results of many fires experienced in Central Oregon over the past few years. All in all, the hike to the top of Maxwell Butte is slightly over 10 miles with 2500 feet of elevation gain.

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Original blog can be read at Bend Premier's blog page.
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lynnea... how special is this? Truly, the views are beyond beautiful.

Jul 08, 2024 08:15 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Wow, Lynnea you are blessed to have such amazing scenery near you!

Jul 08, 2024 08:23 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Lynnea,
What stunning views. I've been to the Bend area many times to golf.  I have never done any hiking, except for a part of a day at Smith Rock State Park. It's beautiful, too.

Jul 08, 2024 08:56 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lynnea and always love your blogs on hikes that you take and the pictures you share with us here in the Rain.  Thank You


Jul 08, 2024 09:02 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Carol Williams . Smith Rock is our go to in the winter - and we have done everything around it from Grey Butte to Eagles Nest to Misery Ridge.  But in the summer, it is too hot for us and we really love getting into the mountains.  I bet you could check out our local golf courses and enjoy them during your visits to Bend.

Jul 08, 2024 09:06 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker . We love it when we can get into the mountains. We have hiked Maxwell Butte several times before, but the weather was either cloudy or smokey and last Thursday was the first time we could really enjoy all the views. It was spectacular!  And the next day we did another amazing hike - still have to blog about it!

Jul 08, 2024 09:08 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The views at the end of that hike certainly offer up enough beauty to make the hike well worth the efforts.

Jul 08, 2024 10:04 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a wonderful hike filled with so much beauty all around!  If I am ever in your area, I will merely look back to your blog to establish an itinerary, haha.

Jul 09, 2024 06:51 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Brian England . If you can ever make it to Central Oregon, I would be happy to show you some of my favorites!

Jul 09, 2024 08:30 AM