Stein Butte Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked trail located near Jacksonville, OR and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Ruch: Travel south on County Road 859 13 miles past the Star Ranger Station to the junction with Carberry Creek road. Turn left and continue one mile to the Seattle Bar trailhead.
This is a tough hike but very rewarding. It's mostly uphill for about 5 miles (note that it's 5 miles to the summit, so if you include the hike back, it's about 10 miles total). There are plenty of great spots to take a break. Lots of great old growth trees and interesting spots along the way. We encountered a couple of rattlesnakes and saw some fresh bear scat, so use caution. There's a great clearing about 2/3 of the way up the trail that has some rewarding views if you don't want to make it all the way to the butte summit. Going up at a leisurely pace took us about 4 hours (stopping for breaks frequently). We made the descent in about 2 hours. Luckily when you reach the bottom again you're right at the Applegate lake so you can cool off!
It was a challenge! So many silk worm webs everywhere twords the top... Bring a ton of water... And someone to carry you back
Loved the views on this one! Beautiful during the springtime!
Long trail, with steady incline. At times felt it would never end, but once you got 2 miles in there was a clearing with amazing views of both coastal mountains and the valley. At the summit it was absolutely breathtaking! Pack lots of water and snack to reward yourself at the top! Took about 3 hours round trip. But totally worth every second. :)
Stein Butte is a really awesome trail if you have the time to go! I would recommend going on a clear day, so that you can see the lovely view at the top. The instructions for getting there say that it is on Seattle Bar Trail, but it is actually across the street, don't be fooled. ;)
Bring lots of water! And take your time!
Great nearly 10miler. Beautiful terrain all the way with plenty of variation. Moderately intense up; then up and down along the ridge-line to the butte. Viewpoints with stunning vistas of the Applegate lake and the Red Buttes wilderness. Definitely one of the hikes you want to do in southern OR. Option to jump in the lake after the long hike as the trailhead is down at the lake and next to a park. Only buggy area is at the trailhead and the first mile. After that, you are in the clear.
Beautiful sunny day for a hike on November 9, 2013. This roundtrip hike is closer to 9.8 miles then the stated 4.9. The start of this hike is steady uphill. It levels out for a short time then you continue upward. The very last part to get to the top is fairly steep with lots of loose rocks and you should carefully navigate your steps both up and down. Once on top, the views are beautiful.
A friend and I hiked this today.. Let me tell you, it took longer than we thought (planned on 5 hours and even though I'm a seasoned day hiker, got back to the car 6 hours later!), and did not reach the summit. We started our hike at 9:20, and after almost 4.5 hours of hiking, we decided to start our way back. We stopped often to rest, and to take pictures. This surly added to the time..However, we saw the summit from about 1/4-1/2 mile away, before turning around. The climb is steady, but not too difficult. The last 1/10th is supposed to be the hardest.. Bring plenty of water! Bring plenty of bug spray! Bring bear deterrent or other protection. I've ran into black bears in this area before, and there was plenty of fresh scat and other sign on the trail.
We will be back to get it done!! :) beautiful views!
Excellent trail with excellent views. The first leg of the trip is pretty steep but once you reach the ridge line you'll remember why you chose this hike. I arrived at the trailhead at 6:30am and arrived back at the car 4 hours and 15 minutes later (including 45 mins at the top). I noticed some really fresh scat on the way down (looked like fox or bobcat) so I kept a stick to make some noise with.
Probably was not the best time to hike, it was hot and we were exposed to the elements (Sun) there were lots of nats of some sort that contributed to our arms hurting from waving them away.
I was excited to reach the " Lookout" that was constructed by The Civilian Conservation Corps. 4400 Ft Elev. 1936-1968
Stein Butte Trail is a moderate hike up the mountain at Applegate Lake. We took the hike in late spring and there wasn't much greenery along the trail itself, but parts of the tail that view the lake and surrounding area is spectacular. At 4.5 miles in distance, its a shuttle hike or you can go back the way you came (all downhill going back) for a 9 mile hike. Dogs are allowed.