Black Butte (Oregon) Climber's Log

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mountaingazelle - Jun 18, 2006 7:10 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2006

Black Butte  Sucess!

This was the only mountain that was totally visible in the clouds so I decided to climb it. The Central Cascades were being hit by a storm. I still had a good view though. There is a fire lookout and other buildings on the summit.


calebEOC - Jun 18, 2006 2:43 am Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006

Picked up a hitchhiker  Sucess!

Found a tick on my leg, first one I have picked up since I was a little kid ages ago. Other than that I made sure to feed the gluttonous chipmunks at top and play in the 10 foot wide snowpatch that remained on the north side of the mountain. Could make out Adams today, first time I have been able to see it from Central Oregon. Took my ex-fiancees girls along for the hike, they have been dying to hike Black Crater, but this had to do for today.

Hiked up in the evening to see if Black Crater Forest Fire was still visible. Could only see smoke plumes, looked like the fire is largely out.


outdoorgirl - May 31, 2006 6:51 am Date Climbed: May 28, 2006

Black Butte Trail  Sucess!

A great family climb for Memorial Day Weekend...a little chilly at the top, when the sky turned grey and the wind started blowing. Snow in patches with pieces of ice falling off of the lookout. Fun to finally get to the top of that "big hill" we always pass on our way home from Central Oregon!

Mr. Clam

Mr. Clam - Mar 21, 2006 6:52 pm Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2006

Route Climbed: Road/Bush wack  Sucess!

I thought I was just going on a 2 hour hike to the summit, but when I got to the road that leads to the trail head it was coverd in snow. I decided to hike along the road which started out with light snow, but eventually i was sinking knee deep. After the 5 mile hike to the trail head i was running out of time and decided to just head strait up the mountain to the summit. This proved to be a long bush wack through deep powder (up to my waist in some spots), and to top it off i was wearing dress pants and fishing boots. When i finally summited it started to snow. I would recommend summiting when there is less snow.

Harry of Oregon

Harry of Oregon - Sep 9, 2005 1:38 pm

Route Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!

Nice late summer hike.

Saw the first plumes of a fire on Warm Springs.

Neat Lookout cabin.


alexr - Aug 4, 2005 5:21 pm

Route Climbed: balck butte trail Date Climbed: june/14/05  Sucess!

an easy hike took us longer to get there than it took to hike. we could see all the way to adams when we were up there. There was more than a hundered people on the mountain that day but most cleared oof by the late afternoon.

mtnsavy - Jun 21, 2005 2:04 am

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: 2000  Sucess!

Almost as good as the porter at Deschutes.


cbuelow - Jun 18, 2005 12:59 pm

Route Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: June 17, 2005  Sucess!

Windy, drizzly and cold - a nice summer day in Oregon.


Dean - Apr 27, 2005 12:39 am

Route Climbed: Black Butte Trai Date Climbed: April 22, 2005  Sucess!

Nice hike but no views due to clouds obscuring everything. Hit snow at the 6000 foot level. I'll have to take my wife to this one as its the kind she likes.

Karl Helser

Karl Helser - Mar 30, 2005 10:31 am

Route Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: March 28th 2005  Sucess!

I was lucky enough to summit before the major weather system got here. Fog, wind, & ice pellets at the top. I couldn't take my camera out of the case. The road to the trailhead was already snow covered before this last system so it'll be a while before the trailhead is accessible.

K2McKay - Nov 22, 2004 6:52 pm

Route Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: 6/10/03  Sucess!

There was no snow here so I don't know why I climbed this. Guess I had an itch. I might need some cream for that.


gobblet - Sep 9, 2004 5:24 pm

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: June 2001  Sucess!

It was a fun little hike on a hot June afternoon. Views were great. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy hike with great views.

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Aug 30, 2004 2:27 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2004

Route Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: August 29, 2004  Sucess!

8/29/04 Hot afternoon. The road up sucks. One of the more washboard examples I've found. At the most sun-exposed part of the hike, I looked up to see 4 vultures literally circling over me about 30 feet up. I gave them my best Monty Python "I'm not dead yet!"

Up to the summit in 50 minutes. Swarmed by chipmunks as I sat trying to eat. They actually jumped into my lap and sat up and begged for food. Fat little suckers. That tactic obviously serves them well. Saw some cool lizards on the trail on the way down. Great views of Jefferson on top. Back down in like 40-45 minutes.

7/2/11 With BJ and Lori during a weekend in Sisters.

6/29/14 With Luna after bailing on Berry-Norton due to blood-sucking arachnids. Salvaged something of the weekend.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Aug 3, 2004 12:56 am

Route Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: July 31, 2004  Sucess!

This peak is interesting because it is the 19th most topographically prominent peak in Oregon. It was the first of three of Oregon's "50 Finest" that I did on July 31, followed by Paulina Peak and Hamner Butte. On the next day I did Mt. Scott and Mt. Bailey, also on the 50 Finest list. Up in 54 minutes.


cmc56789 - Jun 29, 2004 4:52 am

Route Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: February, 2003 and June 28, 2004  Sucess!

February, 2003 - Road to the trailhead was snow covered but driveable. I brought snowshoes, but did not need them due to an established boot path. mediocre views due to clouds.

June, 2004 - Decided to do this again on my back from central Oregon. Had great views from Bachelor to Adams, and saw a nice sunset. I saw about 10 other people in the 2 hours I was there. very dusty trail.

Ol Walsher

Ol Walsher - May 17, 2004 3:46 pm

Route Climbed: Main Route Date Climbed: July 4, 2003  Sucess!

An excellent climb and beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains.


Tweezer - Mar 4, 2004 7:17 pm

Route Climbed: standard trail Date Climbed: 1/2/1999  Sucess!

Fun hike! Not much snow but very cold at summit! Cliimbed wiht my whole family. Super 360 views from Jefferson to the Sisters!


dkantola - Jun 28, 2003 11:15 pm

Route Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: June 23, 2001  Sucess!

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.


Diggler - Apr 4, 2003 1:32 pm

Route Climbed: trail Date Climbed: 30 March, 2003  Sucess!

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)!

K Williams

K Williams - Jan 20, 2003 10:09 pm

Route Climbed: Black Butte Trail Date Climbed: 1/18/03  Sucess!

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.

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