Black Butte Trail

MODERATE 135 reviews
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Black Butte Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Camp Sherman, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1538 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

skiing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

snow

A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here.

9 minutes ago

Just a little snow at the top! Great hike.

hiking
17 days ago

Ignore my stars.. I just wanted to give an update on the road conditions. We tried getting to the trail head yesterday and found quite a bit of snow still on the road heading to the trailhead. We were traveling in a 4WD crossover, which did fine, but the snow progressively increased and the road narrows with 3 miles still to go. We decided to turn back in case it became too deep and we didn’t have the ability to turn around down the road. It would be passable with snow tires or maybe a little bit bigger car. In reality our car would have probably done fine but it made me a little nervous. We will definitely be back to do this hike in the future!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 2/4. Road up to the trailhead and trail in good shape. Last 1/4 mile a bit dicey with snow. It was doable in boots for sure, but would have felt a bit better in yak tracks.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty spicy little moderate hike. Fantastic views. Little bit of snow on the top. Not enough to warrant snowshoes or spikes. Wind shifts up top and temps plummet. Layer accordingly.

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2 months ago

5 star view, hike was %99 uphill to the top. Don’t go in January like me, save it for warmer months based on the tower being closed and other ALLTRAILS photos. Also did SMITH ROCK yesterday so this one doesn’t come close in comparison.

hiking
2 months ago

Went with a group of friends back in July 2017 and had a blast. We went at 430 in the morning to see the sunrise, definitely worth doing again!! I can’t wait to visit so I can go back

2 months ago

easy nice views

3 months ago

A bit icy toward the top but phenomenal views!

3 months ago

Nice burn, and great views all the way up. Hit it early to beat traffic.

4 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
4 months ago

Stunning views of the Cascades. Family-friendly with a little effort.

5 months ago

Easy to get to- we had a truck, last few miles are pretty ruddy. We hiked in the snow which made it slightly more challenging. Incredible views almost all the way to the top. The top was beautiful to see so many mountains and surrounding terrain. Will do it again in the summer.

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6 months ago

Beautiful view once your on top.

hiking
6 months ago

Spectacular view of all the surrounding mountains which made it worth it. A bit chilly at the top with some frost but a sweater helped. Took a few breaks because it is a bit strenuous. Super rewarding.

6 months ago

About 4mi drive up to the parking. The drive isn't pave so make sure bring a big car with better tractions. Hiked this over the weekend. Half a mile was shades then the rest is open. It was super windy that day so we didn't get the view of all the beautiful cascade mountains. Overall, It was steep, a bit challenging but very rewarding at the end.

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7 months ago

Forest service closed the access road during the eclipse week. The eclipse was the next day. It made it a 10 mile round trip.

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8 months ago

We went from the very bottom of the butte at the trailhead, the first couple miles were shaded enough- but not too much, and then the trail becomes very exposed about a mile from the top. Make sure you bring enough water, it's very hot!

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8 months ago

The access road was ok. there was a Prius in the parking lot. the hike is a relentless climb. the first 2/3 was through a forest. I thought the best views were on the exposed last half mile. the top doesn't have a single point where you get a 360 view.

8 months ago

Beautiful views at top of the surrounding mountains and overall landscape!

8 months ago

Very challenging hike, but worth the views!

hiking
9 months ago

Great short hike (if in shape) with a great view at the top. Information can be found at the top for exactly what mountains you are looking at. You can't climb the fire lookout unfortunately but that is the only drawback. Wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water. Very hot midday and little shade available. Have fun!:)

9 months ago

it was good but would be better if we would have gone in the morning lol

9 months ago

This hike is just over two miles each way - 3.9 miles round trip. 1,500 foot elevation gain!

Woke up at 3:00am to watch the sunrise on this trail! My aunt and cousin who live in Sisters went with us. It was a few miles off the highway up a bumpy gravel road to get to the trailhead. We started hiking in the dark with headlamps around 4:15 am. It was mostly up hill on a well beaten path. We made it with seconds to spare for the sunrise. It was exactly 5:22am! Let me tell you, it was well worth the workout to get to the top. The panoramic views were amazing. It was a bit challenging but breathtaking once you get to the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Rough drive to trailhead, baseball size rocks on road for final 2 miles. Took it slow and made it in my Toyota Camry though. It was a tough last mile but good views of Three Sisters and Mt. Washington. Kind of a bummer we couldn't go up the tower. Warning sign not to go up tower and ranger on duty at the top just a heads up.

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9 months ago

Amazing views, but lots of uphill. The entire way. Made 2 miles feel like 5 but the wildflowers and gorgeous panoramic views were definitely worth the sore butt. Great workout.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, wild flowers, and views. Hiked with family from 6 yrs to 69 yrs and a small dog. All made it to the top fine and a great time was had by all. Not the best choice on a very hot and sunny summer day during the middle of the day....best to go early on a hot day. This is a fantastic hike. Moderate accurately describes it.

hiking
10 months ago

This hike is rough. Straight up hill for most of the way, and gets rocky towards the top. Overall the view from the top is beautiful and much worth the hike, but be ready for a lot of uphill. Dogs are allowed in the trail, and less trafficked on weekdays than weekends.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked to the summit with my 16 and 7 year old kids. It was a mildly strenuous 2 mile uphill to the top, but not difficult at all. A beautiful hike start to finish with absolutely breathtaking vistas of the Cascade range. Not crowded, but we went on a Monday morning so I'm guessing it might be a little more crowded on a weekend. Take Green Ridge Rd just east of Black Butte ranch and follow the signs to get to the trailhead. The NF-1110 portion of the road up is somewhat rough.

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11 months ago

As always a great spring training hike!! The trail is in good shape with the exception of the last 200 yards to the lookout which is snow covered on the northeast side. The only wild flowers are the Manzanita and they are at near peak. Don't forget to go past the lookout to the north end of the trail where the view is a spectacular 360 of the entire Oregon Cascades from Mt. Hood in the north to Broken Top in the south.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Don't use google maps to get to the trail. You'll end up at the top and unable to get anywhere. The start of the hike is further down hwy 20... we totally missed out on this hike because we couldn't find it until we were ready to leave Bend.

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