Sixmile Butte Trail

3D view of Sixmile Butte Trail

Overall: 4

Aerobic: 4

Technical: 3

Steepness: 4

Flow: 5

Singletrack: 0%

Not a destination ride, this doubletrack Cold Spring campground ride wanders along various (undeveloped) fireroads to Sixmile Butte, passing Graham Butte and Fourmile Butte along the way.




Avg: 13.5mi



Elevation Change

Avg Ascent:1300'

Ascent Incline



Avg: 2hr





Like the doubletrack encircling nearby Black Butte, those seeking singletrack should look elsewhere, but otherwise this is a pleasant ride if staying in the area.

Expect to share the road with equestrians but there is a lot of open terrain in this area, so plenty of doubletrack to share.

The (mostly doubletrack) Cross District Tr4082 and Metolius-Windigo Tr99 are also in this area.

Although well suited for cyclocross, there is just not enough terrain variation in this area for mountainbiking.

Weather permitting, the terrain is well suited for XC Skiing.

Directions: See Map. Go on SR242W from Sisters to the Cold Spring campground. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Sixmile Butte Topo Map

Loop Directions

butte tour

Sixmile Butte Area Topo Map

  • TH: From the north side of the Cold Spring campground, ride west on FR1008 towards Fourmile Butte. At 2.7mi, go right onto FR1014.
  • 5mi: Go left onto doubletrack and traverse Sixmile Butte, reaching the ride summit at 7.7mi.
  • 8.5mi: Go left onto FR1028 / Cross District Tr4082 and ride back to FR1008.
  • 10.3mi: Go left onto FR1008 and return to the TH.




Three Sisters Wilderness Hiking

Nearby Lava Camp Lake provides access to the south side of Black Crater, with hiking to Scott Pass and Matthieu Lake.

Cross District Trail 4082 can be used to complete a shuttle hike, providing access to the east side of Black Crater.


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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