Gray Butte via Skull Hollow

Peak Summited2020 Gray Butte
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadGray Butte / Cole Loop No. 854
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

Started at Skull Hollow Campground, hit the trail clockwise, about 5.75 miles up from where I started.  Another 4.75 miles down the east side making the full loop, 10.5 miles with 2,298 ft of elevation gain.  The last mile is a pretty tough scramble for pretty much anyone, very steep, and very loose large rock & scree.   I recommend climbing alongside of the road in the grass as much as possible.  Beautiful views, although only the tip tops of the peaks were visible from the wildfire smoke.  I encountered many lizards, 3 deer, and numerous cows on the west side trail on the way up.

 

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