We are headed back to Black Butte, this time taking the longer route from the Lower Trailhead. Unlike the hike from the Upper Trailhead, this hike hike is a strenuous climb with over 3,000 vertical feet. The total mileage comes in right around 10 miles, making this a great way to train for bigger hikes. And the trailhead is easier to access with a short (<.25 mile) gravel road to the parking.
We are meeting up at 7:30 AM, will hit the trail by 7:45 AM. Last time I hiked this I was on the trail for almost 5.5 hours (with a nice long break at the summit).
Bring 2 liters of water, snacks, sun protection and layers appropriate for the weather. There is currently snow as you near the top, so microspikes and trekking poles may be useful (we will know more as the date draws closer).
Afterwards, you are welcome to join us at Three Creeks Brewing for lunch (opens at noon) or explore the town of Sisters on your own.
This hike is part of the Central Oregon Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge, and I will have information to share and can answer any questions about the challenge as we hike. You can also check out recent trip reports from other challengers to get a sense of current trail conditions on Black Butte.
This hike was reschedule from the original date (March 4).
RSVP at the website link below (via Bend Hiking Meetup).