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bctahoe75Black Butte   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2016


Hiked with my step son Michael...this trail is rated moderate which o.k. I get it.. but it is a bit more difficult than that! It took us about 75 minutes to get to the top which offers great views! While taking in the views a couple in their 60s joined us as we discussed the moderate rating...which they couldn't believe as they were spent and needed a long rest. Really not a hard hike but a bit challenging given the rock sections and continuous uphill trek. Lots of work went into this trail! Amazing some of the trails and thank you to the people who built them!
Posted Sep 3, 2016 11:12 am

Nick TurturaLovely  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2016

Nick Turtura

Lovely little climb. 1 Hour up, 30 min run down. Went up after hiking out of Hidden Valley BC. It was nice to see the previous day's climb.
Posted May 30, 2016 12:28 pm

96avs01Great Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2016


After some AM turns in Avy Gulch, did this as quick hike before driving home. Thoroughly enjoyed the views of Shasta and other Cascade volcanoes from the summit.
Posted Apr 18, 2016 12:32 pm

Tracyrest stop hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 21, 2015


I took a break on my drive from Susanville, CA to Coos Bay, OR to hike this one. It added 3 hours to my trip but was well worth it. I really lucked out on the weather conditions - especially for February. I saw 4 other groups of people along the trail.
Posted Feb 22, 2015 6:35 pm

Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2014


I was born in Mount Shasta, lived in Weed, come back to visit relatives, and only now, at 56 years of age, do I finally climb this mountain after thinking about it for years. A great hike, breathtaking views, and I can't wait to come back for round 2.
Posted Oct 17, 2014 2:04 am

emilieBreaking up the drive  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2014


Awesome solo hike. I stopped to break up the drive from Bend to SF. Way easier than I expected as the trail is well graded. I'm a slower hiker and it took 1 hr 40min to the top. There are some talusy sections that could chew up an ankle if you aren't careful (I was sensitive to that as I'm recovering from a bad sprain), but otherwise super straightforward. Freaking awesome view of Shastina and the West Face Gully...
Posted Apr 30, 2014 5:29 pm

locke456Wow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2014


Maybe the best effort/views ratio I've ever hiked. Gorgeous views of Shasta and Mount Eddy the entire way up a path that's just tough enough to be interesting, but graded enough to feel safe on slopes that would otherwise be a huge chore to get up. There's a very brief, very exposed move just as you reach the summit, but you can bypass it by going down and to the left instead, along what looks like it used to be an actual trail. A bit less scary that way. Of course, the exposure might not be scary at all if you get up there on a day without 30-40mph wind gusts...
Posted Mar 28, 2014 4:48 pm

gimpilatorafter Shasta  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2014


Hiked up the day after soloing Shasta.
Posted Mar 24, 2014 5:13 pm

vanagon2Surprising Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2013


Trail is easier and more forested than it appears from highway. Varied and interesting views, great training hike!
Posted Feb 26, 2014 3:25 pm

calipidderChristmas Morning hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 25, 2013


Gorgeous Christmas Day hike to view the snow-less Mt Shasta. Other than starting out in 27 degrees, conditions were more like August than December.
Posted Dec 26, 2013 8:47 pm

Larry LavertyStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013

Larry Laverty

Always impressive looking, even next to Shasta, as it jumps right out of the earth. My hat's off to the folks who built the trail. I wouldn't know where to begin though in giving driving directions to the trailhead. Just proud of my street-lovin' Honda Civic for getting me there.
Posted Jun 30, 2013 3:37 pm

DougBentonChristmas Summit!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 25, 2011


Perfect day!! A little chilly in the shade, and some hard packed snow/ice where you would expect it. About 3 hours round trip...glad I took my ice axe, but trekking poles would have probably been better.
Posted Dec 30, 2011 11:37 am

cdogsummer afternoon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2011


Had a nice after-work hike up the Butte. Only saw one other hiker this tuesday afternoon. Definitely worth the couple hours to do it. Great views. The first mile or two on the access road are washboardy pretty bad - don't let that stop you.
Posted Jul 27, 2011 2:15 am

IcemansurfA little butte kicker  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011


Was denied two months earlier due to snow and a late start, but was successful this time. Took a nice pace and made it to the top in less than 1 hour, then ran down in some spots, made it back in 45 min. Great workout, great views, great little peak.
Posted Jul 18, 2011 8:45 pm

FarNorCalGirlBetter Than Expected  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2011


This was much more beautiful than I expected! Much more vegetation than you would expect when you look at the mountain from below, and that contrasted with the boulder fields made for a very interesting hike. Perfect weather also. Might have to do this one again...and the night hike is a great suggestion.
Posted Jun 26, 2011 2:33 am

FarNorCalDid it Again...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2011


But this time, brought FarNorCalGirl, my 8 year old daughter, and my 7 month old black lab Caly in addition to my sons who hiked it with me before.
Posted Jun 26, 2011 1:51 am

Bob BurdNight hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2010

Bob Burd

With Daughter Jackie - fantastic moonlit hike. Trip Report
Posted Jan 5, 2011 1:35 pm

thexcatBlack Butte Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2010


Hiked up with Mai-Anh. Second black butte in three days to cap off a 3 day Oregon-California trip - first black butte I climbed was in Oregon near Bend. Amazing views but could have been better if it weren't for the cloud cover over Shasta.
Posted Oct 6, 2010 1:38 pm

DougBentonLost count!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2008


Climbed this peak so many times I have lost count, just a great day trip with a fantastic view. This was also another mountain my father took me up when I was younger...7-9 years old. Since that time I average about once every two years or so...superb hike!
Posted Jul 9, 2010 4:51 pm

FarNorCalBlack Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2008


Completed this hike with two 9 year olds and two 10 year olds. We had a blast as it was fairly easy and quick (about 2 hours). Beautiful cloudless day. Even saw a motorhome fire on I-5 near the Weed Airport.
Posted Aug 30, 2009 12:14 am

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