Black crater

Great day for a hike up black crater. One snow field, but we skirted around it instead of crossing. Always good views! Haven’t been there…

Beautiful Weather for a Hike

Few snowfields to cross, microspikes and/or trekking poles are helpful, rain pants if you want to glissade down. Only saw 1 other person the entire…

Butterfly’s and grasshoppers

What beauty to enjoy from amazing colorful butterflies to the beautiful sounds of the birds singing! We saw the vibrant colors of the wild flowers…

Late Start, Sun, Wind

Arrived at trailhead ~2pm, hot/dry/dusty though the burn, windy and cooler at summit. Snowfields on North side above 6k, microspikes and/or trekking poles are useful.

Black Crater Blast!

Weather was absolutely spectacular! Views all the way to Mt. Hood! Trail mostly well marked! Saw a total of only 14 other people all day!

Beauty from within the ashes

I started up the trail about 9 am on the July 4 2020, with it being the 4th of  July and it being one of…

Independence Day on top Black Crater

What a fantastic way to kick off the 4th of July!  The views were incredible and fascinating to see the regrowth beginning to happen from…

Black Crater

Beautiful hike! Very cold and windy at the top with socked in fog, but worth finding our own trail through the snow!

Multiple Shades of Gray

Cloudy day with intermittent rain showers mixed with sunshine, hail and wind.  The wildflowers were amazing and met another couple doing the 6 Peaks Challenge.…

Cloudy Black Butte

It was a bit cloudy and windy on Black Butte today, and I was really wishing for gloves on the descent, but it was a…

Dirty Girls Conquer Black Crater

Yet another adventure day working our way through this 6 Pack of Peaks Challenge. Dont be deceived by thos short hike: it can kick your…

Sunny Black Butte

Perfect weather! The first 3 1/4 miles I only saw two other parties of 2 people. More people from the parking lot and up, but…

Snow field shuffles

This was pretty standard until about 3/4 of the way up. There is some serious snowfields to cross. We actually lost the trail and pretty…

Where’s the trail?

The trail started out with just a few mosquitoes and then there where none.  The trail was clear until we got to 6200 ft. where…

Black Butte

Did it solo. Windy & snow flurries on the top

Gray butte

Awesome hike to summit gray butte. Perfect weather, slightly windy and cool 60 degrees. Started a mile in from skull hollow CG. 9.5 miles total.…

All Weather Experiencing of Black Butte

Trail conditions were great and the weather offered pretty much every condition except for heat! Was cloudy at the start, had a rain shower, stopped…

Interesting Weather!!!!

My hiking buddy Jo and I set off early from the bottom of the Butte around 830am. Not many parking spaces so parked on the…

Conquering the maiden

Wheather was raining and snowing  on and off, which is ok for my training. trail was nice well maintained all the way to maiden lake…

Black Butte Short route

We kinda cheated on this one. We wanted to start from the lower TH but time wouldn’t allow it. We started in the afternoon and…

Blustery Black Butte

Got a late start this morning (bad idea). Got to the trailhead (super washboard rough, but passable without high clearance as long as you are…

Gray Butte on a Blue Sky Day

Perfect weather for the first hike of the challenge. Even though we had a couple (2, to be exact) navigational errors by yours truly, it…

Escaping COVID 19

Brilliant weather, great company with my friend Jo and a wonderful way to escape during COVID 19! Hike took us under 6 1/2 hrs and…

Hiked up Gray Butte!

Beautiful weather beautiful views! We parked at Gray Butte trailhead and then did the loop starting with the super steep ascent to the top. It…

Challenge 1

Excellent visibility today! We hiked up the steep road to the peak, then down the more gradual incline on the way back in a big…

Black butte Beauty

Short, Steep, and sweet hike! Fogged In at the top but still a great hike!

Black Butte

Lovely 70 degree day. Decided to do the hike after work kinda spontaneously. Forgot this was on the list!! Then saw a guy in the…

Historic Black Butte Trail 4026

Excellent day for a hike. Left Eugene at 9:30am. Arrived and began hiking by 11:45, 60 degrees at the base. 2 hrs 20 min to…

Black Butte

Drove up to the Black Butte Trailhead in my car. Never been up there in my life. The higher we went, the more snow on…

Short and Sassy

This is a fairly direct, shorter, but challenging hike, with an amazing view worth every step higher.  I did this one today with my daughter…

Pain Butte

I started my hike at 11:30 AM with my dog Jack.  It was a very nice and sunny day.  The temperature could not have been…

Our version of social distancing

Beautiful view up top despite the pounding wind and deep snow. Bring plenty of layers. Also sank in the snow at times up to my…

Black Butte Wives Tale

The old Central Oregon wives tale; if you can still see the snow on Black Butte it’s too early to plant your garden. Today was…

Black Butte

Beautiful day, was very glad to get in this hike before all the state parks close. Trail was a bit icy. Our group could’ve used…

#NoCorona

We really enjoyed the little things. Everything from the crowS soaring, wild flower blooming and gorgeous sun. Couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Finding the New Normal

We started around noon, enjoyed the usual Smith rock crowed, enjoyed losing the crowd even more as we started up Berma Road. Sweaters and coats…

52 Shades of Gray Butte

My dog Jack and I started at Cole loop trail head near Skull Hollow campground.  It was partly cloudy and a high temp. of 46…

Winter Not Quite Done Yet

Hiked solo, windy and temps in low 40s, mostly cloudy with spots of sunshine, light snow at summit, saw 3 hikers and 2 mtb after…

I’m Alive Still!

I started out today way more confident than I feel at the end of it, that’s for sure! Don’t get me wrong, I am STOKED…

Gray Butte from the North

Getting to the Trail Head: From Bend head north on 97 to Terrebonne. Take a right on Smith Rock Way, head east to the junction…

Beautiful Day at Gray Butte

It was a gorgeous day, high fifties and sunny. We came in from the north and the trail isn’t that long just 4 miles round…

Sun with my Love

60 degrees in February!  Beauty day with my Beauty wife!

Gray Butte Escape in Winter!

What a beautiful Winter day for a hike! My husband, and 2 dogs enjoyed this straight forward, short trail to the peak on the morning…

Butte-iful Birthday Bag!

I’ve done this hike on super clear days and the views can be amazing! This time, it was super cold and windy, but I really…