From the trailhead, the trail climbs steeply for two miles along a symmetrical volcano. The trail passes through a rich diversity of forest settings. Large "yellow-belly" ponderosa pines give way to mixed conifer and then subalpine vegetation. In the second mile of the hike, trees thin and unsurpassed mountain views emerge.
At a Glance
From Sisters,OR: 6.3 miles northwest on Hwy. 20, then 3.9 miles north on F.S. Rd. 11, then 5.5 miles west on F.S. Rd. 1110 to Black Butte Trailhead.