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Grey Butte Trail via Burma Road Trail is a 12.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Terrebonne, Oregon that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November.

Length 12.7 mi Elevation gain 3,005 ft Route type Out & Back

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Note: As of July 2020, the climbers bivy is closed due to Covid-19 measures as well as misery ridge. Some small trails are closed towards Burma road due to eagle nesting.

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Christina Markin
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HikingNo shade

Hiked via Gray Butte trailhead 6/16/2020 Tuesday. Started at around 8am, no other cars in the lot when we arrived or left. Lot holds maybe 20 other cars, no bathrooms here. Broken glass near the TH marker. Lots of great dispersed camping options available along the way. Forrest road1395 from skull hollow camp area can get rough at times so if you have a low clearance vehicle, it might not be the best option. I have AWD and some clearance with some beefy tires. Deep rivets in the road from people mudding up there I would guess, along with deep potholes and rocky areas. Not sure what the other roads look like. We hiked from the TH to the lookout on the west side of Gray Butte and completed with a small loop on the west side via Gray Butte trail, Cole loop and roads. Also did some scouting to see if we could get to Witches Nose via this route, seems possible, comment if you've done witches nose and have suggestions please. We checked out an old (rocky area) lookout/camp area to the direct east of the Gray Butte TH, cool spot, would be great for a sunrise. Walked around the Julius and Sarah McCoin Orchard as well, which is right across the street from the Gray Butte TH. The inside is fenced off, probably so people won't vandalise. There is also a gravestone in the area; two brothers together forever (wonder what the story on that is?). Many trails and roads to explore in the area. Also be aware people like to come out here to shoot. Be aware that this area has a lot of cow grazing, so make sure you close any gates you go through and watch for horse/ cow poo. We came across a mamma and baby cow and boy was she giving us the stink eye. They were on the side of the road we were hiking with no barrier between us and them. This area I think would be great for small children; watch out for Rattlers, possibly ticks, cows and depending on which trails you take, there may be some steep/rock slippery areas you'll want to watch your child extra carefully. This trail is not Handicap accessible and there is no handicap parking. Horses, bikers, ATVs and vehicles also access this area. Hiked 6.60 miles with 657ft elevation gain.

Christina Markin
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Visited Smith Rock State Park Wednesday 6/17/2020. Bathrooms are open from 10am to 5pm, be aware there are only two stalls for the ladies restroom. There is a porta-john next to the middle lot, but it was pretty dang full when I used it in the am and wouldn't want to use it in the afternoon. There are three parking lots, but you have to get here pretty early to make it into the first two lots. I believe we arrived around 8am. The middle lot was a quarter full and the other two only had a few cars. We did a car to car hike. When we went to pick up the car from Smith Rock it was about 1pm and it looked like all the lots we're almost full. Not much practice of social distancing here when it is crowded and hardly anyone is wearing a mask in dense crowds; like bathroom areas and such. Handicap parking is available as well as 4+, 15min parking spaces. I know for sure you can fit large RVs in the lower lot and possibly the very first lot in the park. We saw maybe 30+ people in the am when we arrived and on the trails and maybe a 100+ when we went back to grab the car. The climbers bivy is closed probably due to Covid as well as misery ridge and another small trail we saw. Some small trails were closed towards Burma road due to eagle nesting. The trails are in great conditions and the park is beautiful as usual, a must see space if you are in the area or contemplating a trip. Great for children and the paths are paved until the bridge for wheel chair accessibility. $5/day $30/year pass $50/2 years pass Make sure you purchase a pass. Although the information center is closed rangers are working and I'm sure they are checking cars for proof of parking purchase. We hiked Burma road from the middle lot to east of Grey Butte as a car to car hike. 7.85 miles with 1658ft elevation gain. we did not hike to the top of Grey Butte as we had both done it previously, it was our last day on trip and we had already hiked 3 days straight. wildflowers are blooming, junipers and ponderosa were beautiful.

Gabe Scott
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great hike if you’re up for it physically. The uphill portions are a grind and will have you second-guessing yourself at times, but you will be rewarded with some pretty spectacular views. Completed in just over 4h 30m, way under the 7+ the app tells you

Mark Ashley
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HikingMuddySnow

Great views, though we went to the Gray Butte Viewpoint, and not to the top of the butte. The trail is very muddy in places, it very thick mud that sticks to your shoes and causes you to slide around. Disconcerting, but not terrible. We added this trail to the misery ridge trail, which took us through the entire park and made for a much nicer hike than the direct in and out hike shown here. While it was less popular than the other Smith Rock Trails, we saw several groups along this trail.

Kelli Kennedy
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Hiking

This is an awesome trail. A relatively less popular stretch than some others (on a usual day - today there was a big running event happening). It's definitely a workout, but a good one. So many gorgeous views and a beautiful setting. Pretty exposed so best for a cooler day, don't forget sunscreen and lots of water. The trail is rocky, so appropriate caution is all.

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Jeff Tipton
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HikingNo shadeRocky

If you like solitary hikes this one is for you. But I had some trouble with it and rated it low. The combination of length, elevation gain, brutal sun, and a slippery, rocky, gravel-covered trail made it an endurance test for me. If you take this hike cover yourself up - the trail has zero cover and the sun was brutal today. The summit where the communication towers are has no cover and no good place that isn't rocky to sit. Take at least two big bottles of water - I took two and needed three, When I got back to the water fountain next to the river at the start/end of the trail I was parched and made people wait for 2 minutes behind me while I gorged on water. Hiking poles may help on the way down as it is so steep in spots yet covered with pea gravel that slipping and falling is a real possibility. The trail is in four sections: The start from the parking area includes the river and canyon and is flat. Then you get the big uphill at Burma Road and the scar. Then a long, long flat haul with some ups and downs of about 2.5 miles, and finally a huge push of about 1300 feet uphill over about a mile and a quarter of trail to the top of Grey Butte. It's not easy. It's damn hard. Your lungs will be gasping, gasping, gasping, and your heart will be pounding, pounding, pounding, and your legs will be burning, burning, burning, and your back will be aching, aching, aching, and your inner voice will be screaming go back, go back, go back. Too late. It's a lot of fun. It took me 3 and a half hours up and 3 and a quarter hours down with two 15 minute rest stops, 45 minutes at the top for lunch and several 2 minute breaks scattered throughout. Total time from car back to car was 8 hours. I am 62 and hike slow and deliberate, your time if younger and fitter will be quicker. But if you do the entire 13 miles and 3000+ feet uphill, then count on it taking several hours. I like deep forest hikes or lush mountain hikes. This one didn't do it for me. You will get great views of the central valley from the summit, however. You can see 360 degrees for miles and miles and miles. One other thing: At the start of the butte climb at about the 4.5 mile mark, two guys were herding cattle. Darndest thing ever. There were about 40 head of cattle, one guy on a 4-wheeler, and another driving a pickup truck with a flat bed. And they were blowing the horns and screaming wildly trying to get the cattle off the trail. Weird.

Janna Hoffmann
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Hiking

Beautiful abundance of wildflowers this time of year. Highly recommended.!! I would call it a moderately easy trail.

JohnWayne Pool
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Hiking

A perfect hike for isolation; I've only seen more than five people on the hike after Burma Road once. Views from the top are stunning. Enough trails out of the park to make a great backpacking trip. It is moderately challenging, though; for me, that only makes it better, but for some, it could be unenjoyable. Keep your eyes and ears wide open for snakes in the warm months!

Melissa Demmel
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Hiking

It goes without saying that sunscreen, and multiple applications, are critical. We did this 5/13/18 and saw 2 other people, only on the first stretch. I would call it a little tougher than ‘moderate’, you’re doing 3k ft in 6.4 miles. It’s a great alternative to the busy Misery Ridge trail.

Richard Carson
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was fun :)

J Scholz
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Hiking

Great trail to get your exercise and avoid most of the crowds that visit Smith Rock state Park.

Joe Pandolfi
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Allison Halperin
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kramer Canup
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Christian Kagy
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Joel Bazzle
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Karla Benson
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Brian Lane
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Karla Benson
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Andrew M
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