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orandallBlack Butte Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009


Started at 6:30, topped out at 8, back at car by 9. Easy hike, but go early, it gets hot out there. Nobody else on trail or in lot.
Posted Jul 20, 2009 1:06 am

McCannsterBB  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2009


Leisure hike I did with friends. 2 hrs 40 mins car to car. Great views, started sprinkling on our way down.
Posted Jun 21, 2009 8:15 pm

OWildernessGF made it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2007


Managed to drag my girlfriend to the top, which is an impressive feat...
Posted Dec 7, 2008 3:47 pm

NoonduelerWhere's the trail head?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 1999


Gimped my way up the summit trail with a bumb ankle. Shasta cloud capped. Again in 2004
Posted Nov 4, 2008 10:17 pm

Little Mountain GoatWeather turned on a sixer  Sucess!

Little Mountain Goat

I was probably seven, but im not sure. It was great weather when we satrted, but on the summit, the weather quickly turned bad, and Shasta's summit was engulfed in clouds down to no higher than 12000 feet. It rained on the way back down, and the winds were at least 70 mph.
Posted Jun 13, 2008 8:07 pm

edevartShasta Classic.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2008


Up again for sunset views. Numerous groups on the trail this time, but a great, quick hike nonetheless.
Posted Jun 2, 2008 12:59 am

Dan WinterStandard Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 1998

Dan Winter

Looking over to Mt Shasta I was caught in her spell.
Posted Apr 28, 2008 9:48 pm

ShastaCascadeBlack Butte Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2007


First time my father and I had summited Black Butte, and got it done on our first try! Incredible view of Mount Shasta!! A little bit windy that day but still an experience that I will not soon forget!
Posted Nov 27, 2007 2:05 am

sgicaGgreat view of Shasta  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2007


You can't miss this little volcano as is looms over Weed and Mt Shasta City right next to I-5. I have always said to myself, "That looks like an intersting, and hot, hike." It was. Great views of Shasta from both the trail and the summit. I had the trail and top all to myself. Stop by The Fifth Season for map to the TH.
Posted May 18, 2007 4:42 pm

vancouver islanderNo views, no problem  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 1, 2007

vancouver islander

Quick hike up and down in iffy weather. Had planned to do more in the area but BB was the only thing with its summit clear of clouds, so headed that way. Unexpectedly good trail considering this hill is mainly loose volcanic choss. Heavy rain going up and down but got a little window on top to enjoy a dry lunch. Thanks to whoever for the nice windbreak/wall on top. No views except S down I5. A little less than 1.5h up and the same down.

Recommended even if only for the lack of crowds.
Posted May 2, 2007 12:15 pm

Ravicherfree run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2007
Climbed straigt up the N. face from a friend's ranch 1mi past truck village. Extremly tech bolder climbing, better when done on all four so that you can test the bolders for integrity before putting your feet on them. A light touch is needed so that you don't pull "perched" bolders on top of you. Went up then down then up and down and up again, a b-line for the top (apprx 1.5hrs) never on trails. For all that choose to hike during more winter conditions and wish to avoid the snow there are many ways to reach the top on the south face which is normally hotter. Loved the view minus all the roads you can see going up through the tree lines of Mt. Shasta. Found out that the grave up there is from a plane crash. Then went down the South face taking rock slides of small to med grade.... what fun! You can see one of the main "runs" from I-5 as you're travelling N., Its just to the right of the top rock outcropping and makes a lazy S about halfway down. Looped around about 3/4 the way down and ended up having to hike by the freeway for a short while. My advise.... stay lateral at 3/4 so you don't finish your run by the trucks.
Posted Mar 23, 2007 7:39 pm

highiceall seasons and routes  Sucess!
have done numerous climbs up different aspects of this peak. most routes are highly unstable. a winter ascent after an abnormally heavy snow year was the funnest...there was actually thick ice coating its side, holding the talus together! scarey ascent though.
Posted Feb 3, 2007 4:08 pm

Dennis PoulinBlack Butte Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 1999

Dennis Poulin

This is a great hike and the scenery is fantastic. There were still a few patches of snow across the trail in May.
Posted Sep 22, 2006 9:32 pm

WallylongridgeBlack Butte trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2006


if your in the area, this is worth the trip.
Posted Aug 23, 2006 3:42 pm

2skinnersBlack Butte Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2006
Climbed this one with my wife. Looks much more imposing from Interstate 5. Very nice trail to the top. I recommend an early or late start on this one to avoid the hot direct sun though. Great views of Mount Shasta and the valley.
Posted Jul 20, 2006 8:37 am

jakefrisbeeBlack Butte  Sucess!


Climbed it sometime in May 2005.
Broke in my new mountaineering boots on this big bump. Great little hike.
Posted Mar 14, 2006 8:20 pm

alexrRoute Climbed: black butte trail Date Climbed: june/25/05  Sucess!


Done on a trip driving back from concord a real quik hike less than 2 hours. Great views of shasta even with the clouds mostly blocking it.
Posted Aug 4, 2005 5:29 pm

WhidbeyRoute Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: 28 July 2005  Sucess!
Started early because of the 100+ degree weather in nearby Redding where I was staying, but enjoyed the coolness of the higher air. At times during the hike I felt like I was on Mars due to the rocky environment, but the views of Shasta were great. I had been waiting to hike this "little hill" for some time and felt great to reach the top (and see the smiley face!) I want to thank this website for the directions to the trailhead.
Posted Jul 29, 2005 8:38 pm

blmcclainRoute Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: April 4th, 2004  Sucess!


Started around 9 am. The trail was nice, hitting a few snow patches here and there. When we made the eastward turn up the small valley things got difficult. I encountered some serious ice fields with long run-outs. It made me wish I had my ice axe and a helmet with me because a fall would have sent me down about 500 ft. and into some rather nasty rocks. I'd rate this as on the verge of Class 3 (there was some scrabling that needed some hands). Summited with a "smile" and scurried down nervously over the ice.
Posted Apr 7, 2004 10:19 pm

Sam MillsRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: May 2003  Sucess!

Sam Mills

A quick climb up one morning on my way to Oregon. There was a lot of snow at this time, but I didn't take an ice axe because it was just a quick hike. However, there were a few traverses where I wish I would have had an axe in hand. :>)
Posted Jan 29, 2004 4:49 pm

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