DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,778 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no shade

hiking
2 months ago

Not an easy trail and there was a total lack of trail for a good part of it. Please see photo for lack of trail. I have lived in the area for over 35 years and this is not an easy trail. Misery Ridge, Black Butte and South Sister are all easier hikes none of which are rated easy. The views of Central Oregon are better from Black Butte. I am by no means a novice hiker or land navigator. I have hiked in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan and always hike with 50+ pounds in my pack. The "easy" trail posted by AllTrails could actually endanger people who are looking for an easy hike. If you do want to hike Gray Butte I suggest you plan a route using the service roads and making your ascent and descent on the south/south east side of the butte.