Bates Butte Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bend, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
567 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

forest

views

scramble

From Highway 97 just south of Sunriver take the Vandervert Road exit and turn left (south) on South Century Drive. In 1.1 miles turn right to continue on Century Drive (continuing south becomes Huntington). You will pass through the Three Rivers community. Immediately after crossing the Deschutes River, turn left on Forest Lane. About 0.7 miles along Forest Lane turn right on an unmarked dirt road (Forest Road 4360-970). Park at the first road intersection leaving clearance for other vehicles. The hike starts by walking straight along this forest road and turning right at the next intersection. It is recommended to bring a GPS device or your phone so you don't make a wrong turn, as there are other confusing forest roads here. The trail to Bates Butte is not marked.

1 month ago

The trail itself isn't all that amazing, but the views from the summit and on the descent if you do the loop counter-clockwise are well worth the outing.

hiking
5 months ago

This hike rates high for the views it affords, but some people will be frustrated by the trail itself. If you like adventure, do the loop (counter-clockwise is suggested). If you don't want less challenge, go out and back via the south trail. The north trail is crumbly once it starts to climb, and this can be a bit annoying. However, the north trail also affords great views of all the major Cascade Peaks - and no you can't see them well from the summit! Look at the added waypoints for a specific spot to look out for a rather clear northern view. The trail to the south is far less crumbly and easier to descend. You can see a wide open panoramic view because there are not many trees to the south, but rather low bushes. This trail is not well-used, so it can be slightly hard to spot. Users have marked it with ribbons and branches, so it's not impossible to follow. Bates Butte is by no means a well-known hike, so you will not likely see anyone else on the trail. There is no water source or bathrooms, so prepare accordingly. For this short of a hike, it shouldn't be a problem as long as you pack some water. Because of the views, this butte is worth a visit... but put on your "adventure" hat to appreciate the less than ideal trail conditions.