Olallie Butte is a 8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Detroit, OR that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible from June until November.
Olallie Butte is the third highest peak in northwest Oregon. It stands between Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson and is surrounded by numerous lakes. It gets overshadowed alot by the surrounding peaks but still is a predominant point in the area. In fact, it is the most prominent peak in Marion County
Completed on 10/24/15. Trail is in ok condition. A few trees over the trail. Warning signs regarding entering the indian reservation. I didn't have any issues with it after the trip. View from the top was amazing. Fair amount of wind coming from the south, which made the windchill about 40 on the south side looking over Mt Jefferson. I took lunch looking at Mt Hood instead. So bare!!! Not an overly difficult trail. Followed the driving directions to a T!
This is a fairly grueling hike in the snow. I included a link that might help explain better than I can. We actually parked at Olallie Lake and snowshoed along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to the Olallie Butte trail (which adds a couple more miles to the trip). The trail is mostly up the NW side of the Butte so you are able to see Mt. Hood very well. And on a clear day you can see Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams as well! It's not until you clear the trees at about 6500' that you can see Mt. Jefferson. We didn't actually make it up to the top because we lost the trail due to the enormous amounts of snow! Everything about this hike is worth it!