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Black Butte Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 7,080 Feet (2207.0 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 360 Feet (112.2 Meters)
Length, One-way: 0.7 Miles (1.17 Kilometers)

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General Description

Black Butte Hiking Trail is a 0.7 mile easy hike that begins at an elevation of 7,080 feet. The trail begins at the base of Black Butte at the end of Forest Road 22N26. This trail is beautiful but very steep. It ascends almost 400 feet in 1/3 of a mile and is not recommended for stock. The trail starts in red fir and pine, quickly leaves the trees, and climbs up through craggy rocks to an outstanding 360 degree view from the barren summit of Black Butte.

Directions from Elk Creek: Travel north on M10, turn east (left) onto F7. Continue on F 7 for approximately 29 miles, turn left on Forest Road 22N26 and follow the road until it ends at the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round (NOTE: This trail may be snowbound until Early June.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Black Butte Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Horseback riding is available, but not recommended due to the steepness of the trail.
ICON Plant Identification Red Fir, Pine
ICON Viewing Scenery This short but steep hike offers a 360 degree view from the barren summit of Black Butte.
ICON Viewing Wildlife Covelo Ranger District

More Information

Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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