Rock Creek Butte is a 10.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sumpter, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and backpacking and is best used from July until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.5 miElevation gain3,464 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingHikingRock climbingForestLakeViewsSnow
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Anna hikes stuff
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HikingGreat!Off trailRocky

Terrible visibility due to all the blowing dust on Labor Day, but pretty cool hike! Note that as written the route doesn't take you all the way up to the Butte - just before the end of the route as shown, the trail crosses the southwest ridge of Rock Creek Butte, which is steep but simple to follow to the summit (an extra 700' or so from the trail). It looked like following the east ridge to the summit would be possible too. Fun mountain!

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Julian Doan
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HikingOff trailScramble

Excellent hike! Varied throughout, beautiful trees, flowers, views, and the mountain goats at the lakes and after! Drive approach: it does get a lil dicey before the trailhead. Like others said there’s a turnout before the real heinous part but passenger cars be wary. Our Subaru Outback did fine. Hike: Steadily gains elevation throughout. Once you hit the lakes, the switchbacks up to the ridge, and parts of the ridge, are narrow and slope downhill - watch your footing (98% of the trail is good but watch out for these few areas). AllTrails doesn’t include summoning Rock Creek Butte in this hike. I had to look it up elsewhere on the internet (had Verizon cell service on the ridge) but you must scramble off-trail to get to the top. We chose the end of AllTrails to scramble up the W face, as this part of it was less exposed; but you could hit it earlier using the ridge that runs roughly N-S if you are so inclined. Total mileage clocked about 13 miles. Also, the mountain goats were visible across the Twin Lakes, and once we approached the ridge under RCB they were hanging out maybe 75 ft away. Really cool.

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Ladyhawk Ohare
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HikingSnow
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Couldn't quite reach the ridgeline, as i wasn't comfortable with the steep snow slopes on way up from twin lakes. The lakes are still mostly frozen over. Gorgeous area, it will be a very nice short backpacking trip in a few weeks.

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Raymond Wetmore
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Hiking
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Shuwen Wang
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Hiking
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Michaela M
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Hiking
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Tiffany Ames
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Backpacking
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Tiffany Ames
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Jared Frerichs
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Backpacking
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Cody Onthank
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Backpacking