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Elevation Gain
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Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.60 mi (5.79 km)
Warming hut
No
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Few destinations offer such expansive vistas for skiers and snowshoers with such little effort. The Vista Butte Trail is a relatively quick, 1.8 mile, 720-foot ascent through a thin forest of lodgepole pines and white firs. From the 6,619-foot summit you'll have excellent views of the closer peaks: Mount Bachelor, Tumalo Mountain, South Sister and Broken Top; on clear days, however, you'll also see as far south as Diamond Peak, Mount Thielsen, and Crater Lake's Mount Scott.

 

For a longer trip, take the Ridge Trail from the Swampy Lakes Sno-Park in lieu of the Vista Butte Sno-Park. The Ridge Trail will branch off onto the Butte Trail, totaling 7 miles round-trip. In addition to more exercise, this longer route provides a little scenic diversity.

 

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)

Pros

Incredible panoramic vistas.

Cons

Vistas open at the summit.

Trailhead Elevation

5,900.00 ft (1,798.32 m)

Net Elevation Gain

720.00 ft (219.46 m)

Address

OR 97703
United States

Features

Big vistas
Cross-country skiing

Location

Field Guide + Map

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