Explore the most popular views trails near Butte Falls with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a breathtaking hike and views. Loved it all. Long but not too difficult.

I've hiked this several times! amazing views!

5 months ago

Nice trail. Do a little research beforehand, so you know what you’re looking at at the top. We decided to try the loop and lost the trail at the dog kennel area, but wound up going through the woods towards Highway 62. Then walked to the road that leads into Lost Creek Lake. Got on the Rogue River Trail, walked along the spillway, and made it back to our vehicle. 11 miles total.

Love this trail, it's beautiful not super hard. Some nice fishing in some of the lakes also!

6 months ago

Well maintained and a gorgeous view at the top!

I do a lot of hiking in the southern Oregon area and I wouldn't do this hike again, at least not this time of year. The majority of the beginning of the hike was near the highway, it was very loud, and followed along a barb wire fence. It was pretty hot and dry. The view at the end was nice. Overall it was ok, not really worth the drive or effort in my opinion.

Beautiful hike. A lot of down trees on the way up but a couple of crews were up there clearing the trail. On the way back to the trail head there was a huge difference in the trail. No more trees down less brush on the trail. Still a lot of big rocks and areas where it's hard to keep traction. It's the side of a mountain can't expect there to not be rocks/trees.

Well-maintained trail accessing the southwestern corner of the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Camping opportunities are fairly limited.

Friday, July 07, 2017

I've done this trail a couple times, and will do it again. Nice hike with a good constant climb. Nice trail through small fields and shaded forest with a great view at the top of Lost Creek Lake. View point has a nice rest spot with a bench and stone wall. Lost of poison oak, which isn't uncommon in this area.. I just got a bad case of poison oak from my dog from this trail the last time I did it, so be careful if you have dogs!

Easy well maintained trail to the lakes. Be prepared for the insane amount of mosquitos.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hiked this trail yesterday, 5/28. I'm not someone who hikes all the time (so far Table Rock 3xs this spring) and it was not a problem. You'll be tired and stop a few times to get your breath, but we made it to the top in 1 hour and 15 minutes. I'd say it's comparable to lower Table Rock, just longer and higher. Great payoff on this hike! I'd recommend going early in the day so the sun isn't hitting you along the way. Ticks are present as well as poison oak, but as long as you dress appropriately and check for ticks after, you'll be fine. The path is well marked, just narrow in places (not the ground itself, just the trail) and some of the vegetation is right up to the path. Overall, a great hike!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

We got turned around about 0.75 miles in due to the MASSIVE amount of poison oak blocking the path. The trail was well defined though and we did get a beautiful view of the river right away. I would love to see the poison oak get knocked back so my family and I can finish the hike.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Great trail! I think this is one of my new favorites. All the uphill is very gradual and not scary.

Monday, February 27, 2017

a few downed trees. Somewhat muddy and icy in places. nice view of lost creek lake

great hike! huckleberries galore-great for overnight camping! wonderful swimming hole!

Monday, February 20, 2017

my favorite SO hike

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Wasn't as hard as I thought it'd be according to the descriptions. But a nice hike and had a beautiful view

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pretty hard to find trail at times got off going and coming back. We had to backtrack. Watch for blazes put on trees by Forest Service. A lot of fallen trees over the trail and some are no so easy to get around. It was fun and serene. I will do it again.

The Blue Canyon Trail in.Butte Falls, OR in the topo map is not visible, and when switched to the satellite map, is only a partial trail. If this is fixed I will change my rating.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

It's my favorite hike in the valley.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

the trail is great scenery. the issue is with the fallen trees that block the trail for the first 3 miles

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fantastic trip! I would not call this well maintained or highly frequented trail however. Or at least, it wasn't when we were there. The entire 1st mile of the trip is covered in tree fall and bypasses. Be sure you bring a headlamp or other light source if there's even a chance of returning past dusk (trees are thick, with little ambient light, coupled with frequent unmarked bypasses forcing you to leave the trail and re-acquire.
Trail opens up as you gain elevation. The pass before devils peak leads you down into a cool pocket and Alta lake. Cliff Lake not far after that. We went in early July and the mosquitoes were quite bad. Went on a Sunday and didn't see a soul at the trailhead or on the trail.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Only did half the trail but was beautiful.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Was planning to spend a couple days up at cliff lake but the weather turned pretty bad quickly. Turned the trip into a day hike. Very nice trail with some great lakes in the basin.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

We went weekend of 10/23 and the weather was brisk at the top--bring your jacket! The reviews below are accurate and I agree with most of them. This is NOT a 'super duper difficult, need to win "Naked and Afraid" to survive' hike. It's moderate. There are some inclines that get your heart pumping, and on the way back, they turn into declines to be navigated thoughtfully (I slipped on some loose rubble and got some scrapes). But the trail is easily identifiable. Pros are how accessible and well-defined the trail is, the chance to see some deer and cool birds, and the breathtaking views at the top. Cons are highway noise, bland scenery for most of the hike, and a gross amount of dog doo-doo on the trail (c'mon peeps, clean up after your pup). Distance stated is accurate.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

this trail is perfect. it is steep but the trail is so well done. i love all the forests and open lava meadows. the view and bench at the top makes the whole thing worth while. its the perfect work out all summer and the best way to see all the gorgeous fall colors and clouds! i recommend a sunset trip if you bring a head lamp. also my dogs love it!

on Viewpoint Mike Trail

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Best to do this trail in the early morning in the summer. The incline is very doable.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

i did enjoy this hike. i was expecting it to be a little harder, but the incline was totally doable. nice view at the top with a nice view area. tons of poison oak! bathed the dog as soon as i got home!

This is a great trail that take you into some beautiful wilderness.

Friday, October 03, 2014

I get frustrated when people minimize hikes like this one. With an almost 1000 ft elevation gain in 2.5 miles is not a Sunday walk in the park. I live nearby and do this hike often, but it is far from "easy". I am an avid hiker, often hiking up to 10 miles or more in a day, but still find this hike challenging & tiring. This is a great hike with an incredible view, but know what you're getting in to. It is not easy.

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