Butte Loops Trail
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Lower Butte Loop: This trail offers a 11 mile loop opportunity while connecting with the other trail segments in the vicinity. The trail is located on the south and west sides of Black Butte and follows a mixture of old logging roads and steep single track with irregular surfaces. As you travel the south and west portions you will see lowering “yellow belly” ponderosa pine and Douglas fir trees.
Upper Butte Loop: This portion of trail is accessible from the lower loop and provides a challenging 13 mile ride around Black Butte. The trail travels through old growth ponderosa pine and mixed conifer as it circles the butte. When you approach the west and northwest sides, the ponderosa will give way to mixed conifer and subalpine vegetation. Occasional openings in the forest canopy will provide spectacular views of the Cascades.
Directions: From Sisters: Travel to the Indian Ford Campground: Proceed west from Sisters on Highway 20 for 6 miles, then turn right onto Forest Road 11 at Indian Ford Campground. The trail crosses the road 100 feet north to the intersection.From Sisters: Travel to the north side of Black Butte: Proceed west from Sisters on Highway 20 for 6 miles. Then turn right onto Forest Road 11 and continue for 4 miles to the Black Butte trailhead sign. Turn left onto Forest Road 1110 and proceed for just over a half mile to a small parking area on the left side of the road.
Seasonal Access: Normally Open: Spring-Fall
Facility Type: Trail
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