A scenic hike

Peak Summited2020 Gray Butte
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadSmith rock parking lot
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

I started around 9 am at smith rock state park. There were a lot of people in the smith rock section of this hike. Once I hit Burma road the people thinned out. Burma road is pretty steep! At Burma road the trail goes a few different ways. I took the gray butte trail. After Burma road its pretty chill until you come up to the butte itself. There’s a cool little viewpoint about 3/4 of the way up, towards the west, the trail forks Either towards the viewpoint or up to the summit. I checked  out that viewpoint then headed up. Close to the top the trail turns into an old road, I took that to the summit. It’s super steep!! The descent is intense. I followed the same trail until I came across the Burma road fork and decided to take the smith rock summit trail. That was cool, although to save time I took the misery ridge trail back, due to me being a bit worn out already (and me being a bit out of shape) That was intense. Awesome views all the way around and an awesome hike too. I’m looking forward to the next one


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