Gray Butte Trail 852

3D view of Gray Butte Trail #852

Overall: 7

Aerobic: 6

Technical: 5

Steepness: 6

Flow: 6

Singletrack: 95%

Gray Butte Tr852 is adjacent to Smith Rock State Park, with nearby Ridge Rider loops covering additional Crooked River National Grassland terrain.

Type

Loop

Length

Avg: 20mi

Ascent

Moderate

Elevation Change

TH:2700'
Avg Ascent:3300'

Ascent Incline

10%

Duration

Avg: 4hr

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View of Gray Butte Trail

Gray Butte Tr852 loop can be ridden in the winter when the ground has had time to dry out. The westside trail surface is a mix of clay and sand and sticks to everything when wet, to the point where riders have to carry their bikes because the tires won't roll. So avoid the Springtime thaw and after rainfall.

Gray Butte Tr852 ascends to the 23mi Cole Loop Tr854, with the 9mi Warner Tr854A as a spur loop.

Cole Loop Tr854 encircles Gray Butte and Warner is relatively flat. Consider using FR7290 (SW Park Ln) as the Cole Loop TH. This is a shared TH with some nearby ORV trails.

If the Ridge Rider trails are not open, the Gray Butte Tr852 can be ridden as a 12mi OAB or lolipop ride from the Burma Road intersection.

Summit and River Trail can be added to a Gray Butte ride, and are a great return to the state park TH.

Note: virtually all of the roads near the trails are merely doubletrack jeep trails. The three-digit 'roads' are little more than hiking trails.

The Crooked River is more of an irrigation waterway than anything else, and can become somewhat stagnant during the dry summer months, with short periods of seasonal whitewater rafting available as well.

Smith Rock State Park is a very popular rock climbing destination. Expect the most crowded trail conditions within the park area.

OR State Park Info. Although this page currently has links to the Deschutes NF, Gray Butte is part of the National Forest Grasslands area, at the edge of the Ochoco NF, so the page will be linked to that trail set once developed.

Directions: US97 to Terrebonne, then turn right on Smith Rock Rd and follow signs to the Park. View Larger Map. No Map?.

View of Smith Rock State Park from Gray Butte Trail Smith Rock State Park, Gray Butte Trail #852 Topo Map View of Smith Rock

Loop Directions

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Smith Rock Area Topo Map

  • TH: From the parking area, descend the Canyon Trail to the bridge and go right, then ride Wolf Tree trail to the aqueduct and Burma Road.
  • 1.7mi: Ascend the steep Burma Road (700' in 1mi) to the Summit/Gray Butte intersection.
  • 2.7mi: Go right onto Gray Butte Tr852 and pass through a gate on the ascent to the doubletrack saddle crossing, then continue on to the FR5720 parking area.
  • 5mi: At the parking area, cross the road to find the trail on the northeast side of the road (the return trail is on the west side of the road). Descend beside the stream to FR5710.
  • 6.9mi: Cross the cattle guard and go left onto FR5710. Go left onto FR57 at the T intersection. View of Gray Butte from the FR57 TH
  • 8.9mi: The Gray Butte Tr852 TH is on the left side of the road. Ascend to the ride summit at FR060, then descend through somewhat rocky terrain, some switchbacks and a gate, to FR5720.
  • 12.6mi: With the loop complete, ride past the parking area and descend the hillside terrain, through the gate and back to the Summit Trail intersection.
  • 15mi: Descend the steep, tight Summit Trail switchbacks, briefly passing a great Smith Rock State Park viewpoint, then continue the steep descent (passing through some private land) to the River Trail.
  • 17mi: Pass the Monkey Face rock and ride alongside the Crooked River back to the TH. Expect many interactions with hikers, including small children and pets.

 

 

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Origins

Gray Butte basalt is about 18 million years old, with lava flows from the Newberry volcano flowing through the Crooked River canyon about 1.2 million years ago.

The volcanic center of Gray Butte is made of rhyolite tuff that was deposited as an ash flow about 12 million years ago.

 

Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge

 

 

 

 

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