Mountain Biking on Grey Butte Trail

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
8.7 miles
Elevation
2002'
Rating
Forecast
Trail bed is covered deep snow. Snow is unpacked and not rideable.

Trail Reports

  • Joe Larson December 1, 2016 at 12:23 pmDec 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.
  • Brennan Morrow November 5, 2016 at 4:09 pmCurrently really nice. About 10% of the trail has some choppy conditions due to cattle hiking the trail when muddy. Otherwise it is very fast.
  • Brennan Morrow October 22, 2016 at 12:59 pmRode from west side. Dirt is perfect. Packed tight in most areas and rolling fast. Cows are gone for the season. No mud.
  • Marsh Chamberlain April 16, 2016 at 10:56 pmRiding really good, went clockwise, that first bit is steep!
  • Brent Edens April 11, 2016 at 7:09 amWild flowers and endurance runners. riding really well right now!
  • Brent Edens February 25, 2016 at 9:02 pmReally 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!
 

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.

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Trail Reports » Grey Butte

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Marsh Chamberlain says:

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

  5. Brent Edens says:

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

  6. 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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