Maxwell Butte Trail is a 9.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from November until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.8 miElevation gain2,500 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingForestViewsSnow
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Mark Ashley
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HikingIcySnow

Great trail, great weather, terrible snow! We carried our snowshoes all the way to the top of Maxwell Butte today, and wore our microspikes the whole way. The snow is rock hard all the way to the top. The final stretch to the top was super steep, but we were able to switchback our way back down, which felt much safer. The view from the top is fantastic, luckily we started just after sunrise because this hike took us most of the day.

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Jason Snider
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Snowshoeing

what a beautiful day! the trail was a sheet of ice for the first half. we used our snowshoes but micro spikes would have been best. ran out of time and turned around a mile from summit. heard snowshoes are needed higher up.

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Jason Chasteen
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HikingIcyOff trail

Great endurance hike and amazing view from the summit. Trail is currently packed and kind of icy all the way to twin lakes. After that trail has little ice because it is less traveled. The final 1/2 mile or so is a brutal climb and no real trail showing you just have to use GPS and go for it. The views at the top are amazing. I did not have to use my snowshoes but if you have micro spikes they will help in the icy areas.

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john sweat
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Hiking

Great view at the summit of Maxwell Butte. Intense climb up on the last quarter mile and worth it!

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Gabriel Mata
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SnowshoeingSnow

It requires snowshoes. After twin lakes you have to make your own trail with snowshoes.

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Erika Fitzpatrick
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Icy

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Jason Snider
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Gary Westphal
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Dan Sikorski
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Hiking

deep snow

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Nandini Chaturvedi
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Hiking

awesome

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Derl Miller
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La Mo
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SnowshoeingFeeSnow

We did part of this as a snowshoe hike 11/29/2020 and there was plenty of snow. The trail was packed down and easy to follow. We went in about three miles to a lake that was frozen over with snow. The trail up to that point was through the forest without any views. The bathroom at the trailhead was open. It was not crowded but there were people there to cut down Christmas trees and we passed a few people on the trail. A sno pass is required. We found you could buy an annual pass online for $20 and print out a temporary pass but you couldn't print out a day pass.

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james haman
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SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

one amazing snowshoe with great views and plenty of snow.

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james haman
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Gary Westphal
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Tanya Young
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Hiking

8/4/20: We enjoyed this hike for the serenity. We only saw one group of hikers in 10 miles. It is a decent physical challenge and the top has great views of Jack and Jefferson, especially from the rocks. You can see Duffy, Mowich and Santiam Lakes too as well as the Sisters and Hoodoo Ski Area. There were mosquitoes for sure especially close to the lake area. Overall a great day of hiking especially if you are local and looking for something different.

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dude man
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Not sure if Anne and I went on the same hike. The bugs were brutal, especially on the lower half. What views? You're in the forest the whole time until you reach the top, and then finally you're able to see all of the mountains that you should have climbed instead. Boring.

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Anne McDonald
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Hiking

AWESOME VIEWS! I’ve hiked all over Central Oregon and the views from the top of Maxwell Butte are hard to beat. Definitely an under-rated hike. Only ran in to three people on the trail. Do it! P.S. Bugs were not bad at all.

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Jackson Costello
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HikingSnow

Great hike. From about the lake up felt haunted though, spooky feeling. Climbed in November.

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Terrell Glenn
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SnowshoeingIcySnow

Really fun hike. Icy for the first few miles on the way up, then switched to snowshoes the rest of the way. No real trail markings to follow once the snow got deeper, but pretty intuitive which way to go. Incredible clear day and at the top could see from Hood all the way to sisters while sitting directly across from 3 fingered jack .

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Wes Johnston
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Hiking

Very fun and challenging snowshoe hike to the summit. The last 1/4-1/2 mile get extremely steep and are difficult in the snow. But the view at the summit is absolutely worth it! It sits in perfect view of 3-finger Jack and Mt. Jefferson. Would absolutely recommend (if you’ve got the cardio for it)

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Jerrod Potter
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HikingSnow

First time snowshoeing and this was the trail to do it. Amazing cabin at the top with great views. Highly recommend.

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Gary Westphal
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SnowshoeingBlowdown

This is the Snowshoeing route to South Maxwell Shelter. We've just finished clearing about 30 logs across trail and put up new blue diamonds trail markers and cleared site lines to make all markers more visible on the trail. Beautiful sunny day with light breeze.

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Angel Glockling
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Hiking

Great trail, easy to follow for the most part, keep a map handy though. Backpackers, watch out! We had our car broken into (window smashed)— take everything with you or hide it really well!!

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Tom Brauner
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Hiking

Beautiful day for taking photos, and the views were awesome. No mosquitoes and no snow.

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