Unlike most of the trails in Central Oregon, the soil at Grey Butte is not really sandy — it’s more like powdered clay. Although it can be dry and dusty all summer long, when moisture hits it’s transformed into sticky goo what will gum up your tires and send you dragging your bike back to the car. Pro tip: as soon as you hit mud on Grey Butte, turn around — it never “gets better.”
Catch this trail on a good day and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views, challenging climbs, ripping downhills, and bench cut exposure.
Commonly accessed by Burma Road from Smith Rock State Park, you can also reach Grey Butte via the Skull Hollow Camp Ground trailhead.
Riders on horseback are pretty common on Grey Butte and the surrounding trails, so be careful. Many sections are too narrow for both a horse and a bike to pass, so dismount and step off the trail to allow safe passage.