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Sutton Mountain, central Oregon

Jeep track for a bit, then cross country to the top. Had to slide under barbed wire gate at the beginning because I couldn’t open…

Black Butte

Beautiful day to summit Black Butte. We started from the lower trailhead. Didn’t hit snow until near the top but hikeable. Just hiked in some…

Black Butte the long way

Gorgeous views today with a short but slippery section of snow just before the summit. Popular trail today from the upper trailhead, mostly had the…

Sutton Mountain in bloom

The trail head for Sutton is tucked between some trees along the creek – you can see it clearly using the GPS on the OregonHikers…

Black Butte

Intermittent clouds and sprinkles, but still a great day. Snow was soft and only at the top. Easy to navigate.

Sutton with Patches

Great day. Met Patches 2.0 (ranch dog) who guided us up an back). Near the top, on the southwest slope, found cacti with pink flowers…

Sutton Mt. W/ friendly furry guide

We drove past the trailhead entrance 3 times before spotting it between the brush. We started our hike just after 10 am under a partly…

In the Clouds on Black Butte

Great hike with the Bend Hiking Meetup! The trail is snow-free until about the last quarter mile, where I donned microspikes. Perfect weather for hiking,…

All of a Sutton

Beautiful hike, wonderful views up top. It is windy with little tree coverage for planning your hike. As of today, very little mud, and the…

Black Butte

I took advantage of a clear window of blue skies.  I actually had been backpacking on the Metolious and ended my journey with the summit…

I like Black Butte and I Cannot Lie

Wonderful clear spring day in central Oregon!  The only snow encountered on the hike was on the final 0.25 miles and was passable for all…

Patch the dog on Sutton Mtn

Difficult to find parking lot & trail. Best part was the ranch dog Patch at the house near the start of the trail decided to…

Black Butte

First hike in a couple months, about 10 miles and 3500 feet of elevation gain. It kicked my butt, altogether took about 4 hours and…

Sutton Mountain Hike

Little muddy on the way up but mostly dried out by the time we headed down. Not a ton of wildflowers but a few. Beautiful…

Sutton Mountain

Trailhead was not marked but easy to find just after mile marker 15 on road 207. trail was muddy and a little slippery but dried…

Summit Mountain Expedition

This was a remote and beautiful hike. The sky was sunny and the temperature was comfortable.  The trail wasn’t particularly busy. I crossed paths with…

Sutton Mountain

This was a beautiful day, and we only saw a few people.  The trailhead is hard to find, but given that this is partially private…

Sutton Mountain

Sutton Mountain is technically a wilderness study area.  It is a large cow pasture with no trails and the “mountain” is really a ridge with…

Blue skies for this Black Butte(y)

Such a beautiful day to hike Black Butte! I have attempted once before but turned back as the weather had changed & we weren’t prepared…

Sutton Mountain

Made the hike up Sutton Mountain knowing it might rain off and on during the day. The trip had to be pre-planned so weather was…

Winded on Sutton

Sutton Evie (dog) and I got to the trailhead between 7:30 and 8:00 AM. There was a slight moment of confusion as I had driven…

Bluebird Day on Black Butte

Great day for hiking Black Butte! Started at the lower trailhead hiking with Ethan and David. Very little snow until we reached the upper trailhead,…

Beautiful Black Butte

Gorgeous day on Black Butte. Started the hike with Jeff and David from the lower trailhead making for a long day on the Butte. The…

Sutton Mountain 2-06-2022

Beautiful day for a hike with my sister.  The trail parking was easily passed so watch it. There is a mildly barded wire gate to…

Sunny Sunday on Sutton Mountain

Arrived at the trailhead a few minutes before 9 am on Sunday. There is a wire gate that you can open, but be sure to…

There’s Sutton In The Air

The trail was fairly muddy but we were able to walk the edges of the path to avoid the mud. The trail was easy to…

Black Butte the hard way!

Road to the Upper trailhead was impassable so we ended up starting at the lower trailhead making this a 10 mile hike. Hiked the 1st…

Black Butte dressed in white

We started our hike in spikes and switched to snowshoes the last mile up. It was a complete white out at the summit, we didn’t…

Don’t give up looking!

Since the route details have not yet been posted, plus we started before sunrise, it was a little difficult to find the trailhead. No signage…

Sutton Mountain

Three of us “Trail Sisters” who are ALL registered for the Six Peak Challenge, began the hike at 6:30 a.m. and saw the sun rise…

Sutton Mountain #1

We started our hike at 6:30 a.m. with headlamps.  The trail had snow most of the way up and was a chilly 30 degrees.  We…

Mount Bachelor

Perfect weather for a winter ascent of mount Bachelor!

Skinning up to summit of Mt. Bachelor

Beautiful blue bird day to try and summit Mt. Bachelor. Started at West Village at the base and skinned up Leeway which is the designated…

Sutton mountain snow hike

Hike would be better in the spring. It was tough with snow drifts and extreme wind today. I will do it again in the spring!

Black Butte

Quick hike up and back in 2 hours 15 minutes with about 20 of those spent exploring at the top. Beautiful views on a fairly…

Black Crater

The views at the top of this hike are spectacular. One of my favorite hikes of the year. Steady incline but not difficult at all.…

Diamond peak

Veary confusing trail, when you get near the top their is a really really steep part followed by like 6 false peaks. Just make sure…

Dimond peek

I hated this one the most out of all the trail was hard to navigate and we got lost twice the trail was horrible and…

SOUTH SISTER

We began at 6:12am, from Devils Lake Trailhead, wearing headlamps. Temperature was freezing. No wind. Clear skies. As we continued along the open part of…

South Sisters

Well I finally bagged this mountain peak and I felt a great sense of relief afterwards!  It was a feeling between rapture and pain!  I…

Black Crater Solo

Finished the 6 peak challenge.  Solo hike and didn’t see a person going up or down.  I had the mountain to myself.

Lookout is Lovely!

Beautiful day for this hike. Great, easy hike that felt great after completing some of other hikes in this challenge. I never would have found…

Lookout Mountain

Gorgeous drive to this hike from Bend!  Easy hike.  Saw 2 hunters along the way.

South sisters

It was a long hike, 8hrs and there is a false peak. Going up the mountain to the false peak, it got pretty intense.

South Sister

Beautiful day. Snow in some places and I was happy to have my microspikes and poles but saw plenty of people doing fine without.

South Sister Scree Wee Knees

First time hiking South Sister and was solo but there were several dispersed.  The weather was nice but extremely windy beyond the false summit.  Beautiful…

South Sister Saunter

Weather was perfect today! Great visibility of the other surrounding peaks from the summit though very windy and cold at the top. Second time doing…

Mt Bachelor

Trail was easy to follow. Very windy at the top but worth it for the beautiful views!

South Sister

Perfect day!  Windy and cold at the the top! Found a little spot behind a rock to get out of the wind and was visited…

Black Crater – Six Pack No.5

I think the rating is a bit off. Wasn’t really that bad! I’d probably say moderate! Cool trail, sunny, clear! Perfect day for hiking. No…

Great views

this hike is my favorite of the oregon 6 peaks so far. You really feel like your climbing in the mountains. There are a lot…

South Sisters

This one was hard but not the hardest in my opinion it was for sure the longest and I felt like giving up on it…

Open Season- South Sister

Wow! I wasn’t expecting this hike to be my favorite of the six. Here are the highlights: Hiking the first few miles by moonlight. Meteor…

A Neat, foggy ascent

The fog made this hike feel different than the other hikes on this list. You couldnt see very far but the butte itself was very…

Black Butte

Easy hike got it done really quickly and was the first of and down out of my group of three and it was really misty…

South Sister

What a beautiful, fun hike! Lots of elevation gain and epic views. No smoke, blue skies… cold and windy at the top and I was…

No views at Lookout

This was a quick hike – 2 hours, 6 miles and 1450 ft elevation gain.  It took us 1 hour 3/4 driving from SunRiver. A…

Diamond in the rough

A very Lonnnnnnnmmg drive from Bend.  We left at 4;30am and started our hike at 8:00am.  We went through Oakridge, as we heard the road…

Never-ending summits ?

Once we FINALLY made it to the top, it was gorgeous!  Can imagine that without the smoke the views would be impressive.   Not fond…

Hiking out of the smoke…..

I really enjoyed this hike. Was a bit nervous, as we woke up engulfed in smoke from nearby fires – but as we hiked up,…

A bright day for Black Crater

Smokey skies and dusty trail, but a beautiful hike through a burned out forest.  Amazing what a forest fire can leave behind. we left the…

Smokey night hike to Black Butte

The washboard on the road was really bad – it destroyed our dust shield and my nerves. We had a lot of smoke in the…

Washboard road: 1, dust shield: 0

Obviously, we found the road up to the trailhead rough on our car – too much washboard for too long. But potholes weren’t bad and…

Ash dust in everything….

Hot and sunny day, could see smoke in the distance but we appreciated clear air (beyond all the dust kicked up!!!!).   I was expecting…

South Sister Trail

Trail was in good condition and snow free (except for summit crater, which can be and should be avoided). We left the parking lot at…

Diamond Peak #5

Diamond Peak was a beast!  A tough hike, but you can say it was the best day and the worst day ever.  It was a…

Diamond Peak (never again)

This was the worst peak in this challenge so far! It took 3.5 hours to get there from Bend. The forest service roads were horrible.…

Walking on volcanic rocks

I’m not used to hiking at this elevation, so at times found it harder than I thought I would, but a fun hike with gorgeous…

Mount Bachelor from Sunrise

We parked on the highway and crossed the parking lot at Sunrise.  The trail was easy to find, but we used AllTrails to keep on…

Diamond Peak

Tough hike y’all! But fun! We opted to start from the Rockpile TH due to the road conditions mentioned previously but…. Wound up on the…

South Sister

Got lucky and the day was smoke free! Great weather. Cold in the morning, but hot on the way down. Summit was windy but not…

Perfect south sister

Perfect day to finish off the 2021 six pack of peaks. Started at 7 am. 32 degrees. Clear skies. Sunny. Got to the summit at…

Great Surprise

This summit was amazing!  The views were better than we could have ever dreamed.  It was a great climb all the way up.   the…

Great Day Hike

Air was clean and the trail was beautiful.  Once we found the trailhead we were in good shape.  Use Google Maps and you will be…

South Sister- It Takes A Team!

I hiked South Sister with my husband, daughter, and brother. I titled this “It Takes a Team” because I really appreciated all their help and…

South Sister- It Takes A Team!

I hiked South Sister with my husband, daughter, and brother. I titled this “It Takes a Team” because I really appreciated all their help and…

Bachelor Party

Temperatures were around freezing when we got to the parking area shortly after sunrise, but we warmed up quickly once we got moving. It was…

Diamond Peak

This hike should not be for the “social hiker”. I am an experienced hiker and it was easy to get off trail going down the…

Smoked out on Bachelor

Headed up around 7:00am. Was chilly and almost fall like but quickly warmed up as we climbed. We had great views as we came out…

Diamond Peak

Backpacked into Marie Lake for the night. Woke up about 8 to summits. great overnight and summit.

Choose your own adventure!

Finished out the challenge with Diamond Peak!!  Definitely the most challenging of the set due to less traffic on the trails.  On the positive however,…

To the top of Diamond Peak

We had a great hike to the top after staying at rock pole lake. My wife and one of her friends did the hike with…

Black Crater

Clouds followed us up the trail so we had little visibility on the way up.  Great views on the way down though!

Mt. Bachelor Hike

We were excited to climb Mt. Batchelor again after doing it for the first time last summer. We were much better prepared (hiking poles, more…

Lookout Mountain Hike

It was our fourth peak to climb in the challenge and it was the easiest one. The last 0.9 mile to the trailhead is quite…

Black butte

Veary cold there, it got 46 at the top and very windy. It usually won’t be that cold though, we just went at a bad…

South Sister Haze

I was a little concerned about air quality but the forecast suggested it might be okay, so I packed up and headed out to the…

South Sister Hike

Our family climbed the South Sister on August 15th. A Central Cascades Wilderness permit is required for this trailhead. 80 permits per day are released…

Lookout Mountain

Very light traffic on the trail, only saw 3 other groups. It was fairly smoky out but still beautiful. Wildflowers are just about done blooming.

Lookout Mountain

What a gorgeous hike through the forest   So many different wildflowers everywhere   Explored the old independent Mercury mine.   Camped in a beautiful…

Bachelor Babes

Had a great time hiking Mt Bachelor with two girlfriends   Weather was perfect though hazy with smoke when we took pictures on top  …

A solitary diamond…

The weather was beautiful, the trail conditions were excellent on the PCT. The climb up was especially challenging in the scree, and a bit sketchy…

Mount Bachelor #4

This was a great training hike for the final two “Six Pack of Peaks”, Diamond Peak and South Sisters.  We started at the West Village…

Bachelor

Smokey view, but overall a quick hike.

Mount Bachelor

Challenging hike for sure! Great views from the top! Weather was warm. Lots of hikers headed up as we were heading down.

Guts, Gaiters and Gloves

Wow – South Sister is a Beast.  I picked this hike to do with parts of my extended family -Brother and Sister-in-law and my niece. …

Black crater

This one is a shorter hike. It has nice views of the surrounding mountains. The beginning of the trail starts elevating immediately into a burnt…

Black Crater

Did really good and keep up with group the top was cool cause you could see almost all the other peeks

My. Bachelor- One Step at a time

It was a beautiful day for a hike! The weather was perfect- sunny but not too hot and a little breezy. I hiked with my…

Hike to the Black Butte Summit

Our family hiked to the summit of Black Butte on August 7, 2021. The last 4 miles of driving to the trailhead are along a…

Nice hike with a reward at the end

This is the only hike that I had previously done.  This time seemed rougher, but that may have been because my legs were tired from…

Perfect Solitude

The trail was in great condition, the weather was divine. Four or five people were headed down as I was headed up, and I had…

Apple Maps are not a Butte

Even though I read that others had trouble with getting to the trailhead, I still used Apple Maps and it took me to the wrong…

Where’s the Lookout?

This was my second hike and very different from Black Crater.  I had the trail to myself the whole day, did not see another person. …

Black Crater #3

Most of the trail is through burned out dry forest, until you get close to the top it opens up with healthy treeline and wildflowers. …

Black Crater 3 out of 6!

Trail was in good condition, but dusty.  We started at 7:00am when the weather was cool, but warmed up quickly! Only one other car at…

Look out mountain

Not that difficult, we encountered a lot of bugs though and they were annoying but it was fun.  

Fire and Stone

Black Crater was the first of my peaks.  I am visiting from Seattle and did not know what to expect.  The trail was great.  Had…

South Sister

I always enjoy this hike it beautiful, challenging! It was a really warm day with lots of smoke. I got to summit this hike with…

Sister love

Best time I’ve had thanks to the permit system. Hiked it for the first time last year and that was terrible and stressful due to…

Black Crater- Hiking through the Burn

This hike was tough but very interesting. The views from the top were breathtaking! We started the hike around noon, temperature was in the 90’s,…

Mixing it up with South Sister

Oh lord, I’m glad it’s over! trail was good, dry and dusty though. Several portions where people have made their own paths. Easy to get…

Black Crater

Started at 9:00am on Sunday. 3 cars in the parking lot. Saw 2 groups headed down then had the trail and summit to myself. Lovely…

Beautiful Bachelor on a Summer Rainy Day

Because the parking is closed at Sunrise lift, which shortens the Bachelor hike considerably, we parked across at Dutchman Flat SnoPark and walked across the…