Black Butte is the site of several generations of Forest Service fire lookouts and has, therefore, played an important role in protecting Central Oregon forests for over 80 years. In 1910, lookouts worked from a platform perched in a pair of trees. The Cupola was built in 1922 and served as the primary lookout facility until 1934 when the 83 foot tower was completed. Builders estimated it would require 300 pack loads of material to construct the tower-it actually took over 1000 loads.
No water is available, either along the trail or at the summit. Be sure to pack a sufficient amount. Public toilets are available at the trailhead.
Directions: From Sisters, Proceed west on Highway 20 for six miles. Turn right onto Road 11, the Green Ridge Road, at Indian Ford Campground. Follow Road 11 for 4 miles to the "Black Butte Trailhead" sign. A left turn onto Road 1110 will lead 4 miles to the trailhead.
Elevation: 4,800 feet
Ending Elevation: 6,440 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,640 feet
Distance: 4.0 miles
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