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Deception Butte Hike

Willamette National Forest

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • An unnamed tributary of Deception Creek.- Deception Butte Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback)..- Deception Butte Hike
  • One of the few views through the trees on the way up Deception Butte Trail.- Deception Butte Hike
  • Deception Butte Trail.- Deception Butte Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Deception Butte Hike
  • Switchbacking up the flank of Deception Butte.- Deception Butte Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Deception Butte Hike
  • Deception Butte Trail.- Deception Butte Hike
  • The lush understory surrounding the Deception Butte Trail.- Deception Butte Hike
  • The view from the clifftop meadow on the summit of Deception Butte.- Deception Butte Hike
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Pros: 
Beautiful creek. Huge trees. Mushrooms.
Cons: 
Steep trail.
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Alerts: 
The Deception Butte Trail was closed due to extensive burning by the Deception Complex fire in 2014, and the trail will likely need to be rebuilt. Check with the Middle Fork Ranger Station before attempting this hike.
Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,300.00 ft (1,005.84 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
8.85 mi (14.24 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,000.00 ft (304.80 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The hike up to the summit of Deception Butte is strenuous, beautiful, and rewarding. The first mile of trail is relatively flat as it parallels Highway 58 and then turns up Deception Creek. The creek is a tunnel of moss encrusted rocks and gently flowing water. Soon enough, however, the trail crosses a bridge at the picturesque confluence of Deception Creek and an unnamed tributary and immediately begins ascending more than 3,000 feet to the top. The trail clings precariously to the heavily forested northern flank of Deception Butte for a few miles before finally gaining the summit ridge for the final push. On the way up, a few openings in the trees that allow you to chart your rapid vertical progress. Although most of the trail is in old-growth forest, a few enormous stumps hide in dense stands of younger trees, attesting to the logging history on the lower slopes of the butte. At the summit meadow there is a rewarding view to the south. 

Note that the trailhead for this hike is now a short distance up Forest Road 5850 near the ranger station. Many maps and trail guides have not been updated with the new information.

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