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Mountain Biking on Grey Butte Trail

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
8.7 miles
Elevation
2002'
Rating
Forecast
Trail is riding well right now and there are no reports of mud, deadfall, or snow.

Trail Reports

  • Brennan Morrow September 19, 2017 at 8:47 amTrail is writing great smooth and there is currently rain on Ray Butte which will further pack the trail
  • Erik Santner September 6, 2017 at 7:26 amRode this loop yesterday 9/5 around 1pm. It was definitely a little smoky...was surprised how good it was riding! Guessing few bikes, horses, hikers have been out because of the smoke. Typical sandy areas in cow canyon.
  • Joe Myers July 9, 2017 at 5:38 pmFire near skull hollow CG. Avoid riding grey butte area and follow http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ to keep up to date.
  • Natalie Herse May 20, 2017 at 9:24 amConditions are still perfect, very little dust, perfect tread, tons of flowers...go get it! Beware of rattlesnakes though.
  • David Caplan May 14, 2017 at 5:49 pmConditions are excellent out at Grey Butte/Smith with good tread and tons of different wild flowers.
  • Brennan Morrow May 1, 2017 at 6:27 amConditions Perfect. Be aware there is a Horse event May 5th 6th 7th on gray butte, not a good weekend to ride Gray.
  • Al Ullman April 3, 2017 at 7:38 amRode Gray Butte this wkend.. trail conditions about as close to perfect as Gray Butte gets. Zero sign of the sticky clay that can trash your bike, only a few very small water puddles on the backside of Gray. Minimal loose rocks & sandy areas that you often run into as the riding season progresses. Get it while it's good.
 

Trail Description

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.

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

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Trail Reports » Grey Butte

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  1. Brennan Morrow says:

    Trail is writing great smooth and there is currently rain on Ray Butte which will further pack the trail

  2. Erik Santner says:

    Rode this loop yesterday 9/5 around 1pm. It was definitely a little smoky…was surprised how good it was riding! Guessing few bikes, horses, hikers have been out because of the smoke. Typical sandy areas in cow canyon.

  3. Joe Myers says:

    Fire near skull hollow CG. Avoid riding grey butte area and follow http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ to keep up to date.

  4. Natalie Herse says:

    Conditions are still perfect, very little dust, perfect tread, tons of flowers…go get it! Beware of rattlesnakes though.

  5. David Caplan says:

    Conditions are excellent out at Grey Butte/Smith with good tread and tons of different wild flowers.

  6. Brennan Morrow says:

    Conditions Perfect. Be aware there is a Horse event May 5th 6th 7th on gray butte, not a good weekend to ride Gray.

  7. Al Ullman says:

    Rode Gray Butte this wkend.. trail conditions about as close to perfect as Gray Butte gets.
    Zero sign of the sticky clay that can trash your bike, only a few very small water puddles on the backside of Gray.
    Minimal loose rocks & sandy areas that you often run into as the riding season progresses.
    Get it while it’s good.

  8. Zach Blickman says:

    Other than a few small muddy patches heading up from the orchard lot, all good! Downhill section is perfect.

  9. Rob Dorshorst says:

    currently, Thursday, a lot of water/some mud on single track north of overhead powerline, where summit road crosses on way to Grey Butte TH

  10. Jeff Johnston says:

    We rode Grey Butte on Sunday 3/19, and it was mostly great. 2 or 3 muddy spots, but nothing to stop a great ride experience, or cause trail damage.

  11. Joe Myers says:

    Report of a wet north side. Walk over this mud, Do not attempt to ride. See above.

  12. Brent Edens says:

    As of March 4/5 there was still a lot of snow on the north part of the loop – the single track was still pretty snowed in and there were still substantial patches on the Skull Hollow Road.
    Hopefully it’s melting out quickly…!

  13. Joe Larson says:

    Dec 1st. Trail is in good shape. Light snow dusting in shade on back side of Gray Butte. No mud. Lots of exposed wind in spots and cold in shade – dress in warm layers.

  14. Brennan Morrow says:

    Currently really nice. About 10% of the trail has some choppy conditions due to cattle hiking the trail when muddy. Otherwise it is very fast.

  15. Brennan Morrow says:

    Rode from west side. Dirt is perfect. Packed tight in most areas and rolling fast. Cows are gone for the season. No mud.

  16. Marsh Chamberlain says:

    Riding really good, went clockwise, that first bit is steep!

  17. Brent Edens says:

    Wild flowers and endurance runners. riding really well right now!

  18. Brent Edens says:

    Really nice today (Feb. 25)
    80% dry, 15% damp (visible signs of water content- tacky), 5% moist (Not leaving any trenches, but fairly saturated.)
    The only part that I would say actually had any mud was around the creek crossing right after the road section north of Gray Butte.
    Such a good trail!

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