Gray Butte Tr852 is adjacent to Smith Rock State Park, with nearby Ridge Rider loops covering additional Crooked River National Grassland terrain.
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.
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.
Gray Butte Tr852, River Trail, Summit Trail, Wolf Tree Trail
Canyon Trail, Homestead Trail, Horse Ford Trail, Mesa Verde Trail, Misery Ridge Trail, Rimrock Springs Trail, Rope De Dope Trail
Bens Trail 50, COD Trail 71, Edison-Lava Trail 31, Elfin Magic Trail 45, Farewell Trail 26, Flagline Trail 41, Flagline Access Trail 40.1, Flagline Tie Trail 41.1, Funner, Grand Slam Trail 44, Kents Trail 43, KGB Trail 72, Mrazek Trail 32, MTB Trail 51, North Fork Trail 24.2, Phils Trail 42, Sector 16 Trail 27, Skyliners Trail 28, South Fork Trail 25, Sparks Lake Trail 4, Storm King Trail 48, Swampy Lake Trail 23, Swampy Loop Trail 23.2, Swampy-Dutchman Trail 40, Swede Ridge Trail 52, Tiddlywinks, Tumalo Creek Trail 25.1, Tumalo Ridge Trail 25.2, Voodoo Trail 46
Haystack Reservoir Campground, Skull Hollow Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.