Route Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: June 23, 2001
On a hot day for hiking, I made the crowded trek up Black Butte. I got a good look at the circa-1930s fire lookout tower before it collapsed the following winter. Great views of the Cascades from Broken Top to Mt. Adams.
During a scenic drive done in place of climbing @ Smith Rock (breaking my hand the previous day abruptly cancelled the rock-climbing planned for the remainder of my long weekend), the idea came up to hike up this butte, both to get the blood pumping, and to enjoy what appeared would be some outstanding views of the central Oregon Cascades. After enquiring directions of some dude on his horse, we were soon at the trailhead. Starting @ 15.55, we summited @ 16.57. On the snow-covered top, we climbed up as high as we could on the watchtower, enjoying some spectacular views. Departing @ 17.20, we got back @ 18.30. There were some awesome views along the way, and the weather was great, too. The day turned out to be the best substitute to climbing for which I could have hoped (the biggest complaint was "Turbo" the lighter's inability to function correctly @ altitude on the descent)!
Route Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: 1/18/03
Climb through the fog to Breathtaking views of surrounding mountains. Patches of ice on Trail at lower elevations, snow covered trail near top. For this time of year couldn't ask for better Climbing conditions.