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Gray Butte

Beautiful october day. Only a few other hikers on the trail, including another fellow six pack challenger.  Parked at the trail head and hike up,…

Not so Grey Butte

Grey Butte is mostly a fall grass yellow. Lovely view from the top.

Skull Hollow Loop to Gray Butte

This was an exploratory hike, being my first time from Skull Hollow. I parked at the large parking lot to the left, just past the…

Gray Butte and Baldy’s

UGH is the best word to describe this hike.  Dry, hot, dusty.  Lots of service roads, which made it feel more like exercise than a…

Gray Butte

Started early, before the heat.  Not my favorite hike. Encountered a cow almost to top. My Heeler eyed it, the cow eyed the Heeler. But…

Gray Butte

Lots of rabbitbrush blooming and the sage smells so good. Saw 2 blackmailed jackrabbits and a moody cow near the summit.

Gray Butte

An interesting little hike. Not one I would have ever picked out myself, but sometimes it’s good to get out to areas you would have…

Smokey Mountain High

Very smokey today from the Green Ridge fire burning near sisters. Trail was very steep, slick getting down. Summit views impeded by smokey haze. Not…

Gray Butte via Skull Hollow

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…

A scenic hike

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…

Holly, Hope & Harley

Hot!!!  Came across a herd of open range cows.  No shade for the steep, uphill.   Nice, winding trails around back.  Did not pass any…

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.…

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.…

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…

#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…

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…

Sun with my Love

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

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…

Gray Butte Hike

After taking the route from Smith Rock to Gray Butte in late 2019, we decided to try the Skull Hollow route. We hit the trail…