Hot weekend day at the Black Butte Ranch. What better way to spend the afternoon than climbing to the summit of 6,436-foot Black Butte? Nothing that I could think of. Fired up the Merc and off I drove. The last few miles to the trailhead were on a dirt road that got progressively rougher as the 4,900-foot trailhead was approached.
Soon the daypack was on and the steep two-mile, 1,600-foot elevation-gain trail was begun. Except for my lack of higher-elevation lungs, it was a very enjoyable hike with splendid views of all the nearby snow-covered peaks – – – the Sisters, Broken Top, Mt. Washington and Mt. Jefferson.
Initially the trail climbed through large Ponderosa pines before breaking out into the open alpine area with scattered white-bark pines. A pleasant hike indeed.