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Gold Butte Lookout Hike

From Portland Hikers Field Guide

View of Mt Jefferson from Gold Butte (cfm)
The distinctive summit of Battleaxe mountain to the north (cfm)
The lookout has been recently restored and is now available for rental! (cfm)
  • Start point: Gold Butte TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Gold Butte Lookout
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 3.2 miles RT
  • Elevation gain: 800 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: summer- late fall
  • Family Friendly: yes
  • Backpackable: no
  • Crowded: no

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Hike Description

The first part of the hike is on a gated gravel access road. The elevation gain is mild for a half mile as you walk through a forest of hemlocks and rhododendron. You will get a few views to the west as the road gets steeper and finally ends at the official trailhead at 1.3 miles. The trees will diminish as you make the final steep switchback ascent to the summit for the last quarter mile.

If guests are staying at the lookout, please give them their privacy. The jumbled rocky ridgetop that juts northward invites scrambling and exploring, with some good spots for having lunch on top of the world.

Maps

  • Green Trails Maps: Battle Ax, OR #524
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, Bull of the Woods Wilderness, Opal Creek Wilderness, Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area
  • Geo-Graphics: Bull of the Woods and Opal Creek Wilderness Map
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Willamette National Forest: Detroit Ranger District
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Willamette National Forest

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