Kapka Butte Showshoe

Deschutes National Forest

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Kapka Butte Showshoe


  • Crossing the snowmobile access trail and headed for Kapka Butte.- Kapka Butte Showshoe
  • Picking the way through the trees.- Kapka Butte Showshoe
  • Early morning sun peaking out.- Kapka Butte Showshoe
  • Mount Bachelor gets ready to put in another day of work.- Kapka Butte Showshoe
  • Sunrise on Mount Bachelor and Kwohl Butte.- Kapka Butte Showshoe
Overview + Weather
Short distance. Low crowds. Backcountry style trail.
Limited views. No established trail.
Central Oregon, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
270.00 ft (82.30 m)
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Preferable Season(s):
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,900.00 ft (1,798.32 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


No point on Kapka Butte rises above tree line, so the viewpoints are limited to clearings and never too dramatic. This is simultaneously a pro and con of Kapka Butte because it experiences limited traffic as a result. Most visitors to the Kapka Butte Sno-Park are hauling snow mobiles, so if you are in search of a short, backcountry style outing in the Central Oregon winter, consider this one.

There is no established or marked trail to the top. Depending on snowfall, you may have to find your own way, which is relatively straightfoward - locate the butte and keep going up! Various points on each face of the butte offer clearings view views for miles, but they are often slightly obstructed by the larger surrounding topography.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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