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Bald Butte Hike

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus).- Bald Butte Hike
  • Leafy peavine (Lathyrus polyphyllus).- Bald Butte Hike
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  • Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium).- Bald Butte Hike
  • Early stage of trail through Oregon shrub oak (Quercus garryana).- Bald Butte Hike
  • Contributor Asmund Tweto and Sir Albert on the trail.- Bald Butte Hike
  • View of Mount Hood (11,250 ft) looking southwest.- Bald Butte Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Bald Butte Hike
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  • Paintbrush (Castilleja).- Bald Butte Hike
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  • View looking south at Mount Hood (11,250 ft).- Bald Butte Hike
  • Vanilla leaf (Achly triphylla).- Bald Butte Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Bald Butte Hike
  • Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum).- Bald Butte Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Bald Butte Hike
  • View of Mount Hood (11,250 ft) to the south with field of arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata).- Bald Butte Hike
  • View of the Hood River Valley below.- Bald Butte Hike
  • View looking north toward Mount Adams (12,280 ft).- Bald Butte Hike
  • Mount Hood (11,250 ft).- Bald Butte Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildflowers. Incredible views of Mount Hood.
Cons: 
Trail passes under transmission lines.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,300.00 ft (701.04 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
8.40 mi (13.52 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,700.00 ft (518.16 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If it’s late spring or early summer and you’ve already hiked Hamilton Mountain and Dog Mountain, then this should be your next wildflower-seeking adventure.  Bald Butte, once the setting of a lookout tower, sits along Surveyors Ridge, a fault line that makes up the eastern edge of the Hood River Valley.  Besides the jaw-dropping views of Mount Hood, Bald Butte (like Dog Mountain) is located in an ecological transition zone where moist marine air from the west collides with dry continental winds from the east, making it a perfect home for a diverse population of flora. Beyond the obvious stands of yellow arrowleaf balsamroot and lupine, wildflowers throughout the hike include leafy peavine, red columbine, star Solomon’s seal, wild strawberry, and red-flowering currant.  The only downside to the hike is the major transmission lines you’ll have to pass under in order to get to the butte’s summit.  Once under the lines, the trail transitions into a four-wheel drive road simply heading up hill.  From the summit, the flowery meadow offers views not only of nearby Mount Hood, but also of Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Adams.

 

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