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Black Butte Backcountry Ski Descent

You may find yourself in late spring hiking up a dusty path only to descend on deep snow through a burned forest.
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 6.5 miles
Duration: Unknown
Family Friendly

Overview :  This is a fun ski descent of famous Black Butte near Sisters, OR. In the springtime the road is not plowed and your starting point... more »

Tips:  Directions:
Coming from the East 5.5 miles before you reach sisters take the Indian Ford Campground turnoff and take Forest Service... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Start however far you can drive up the road in the spring. There will be plenty of snow. Don't attempt to climb up this route. Although longer, it's easier and more scenic to walk up the road to the actual trailhead and climb the marked trail. It's southerly facing so there will be far less snow that way as well.

2. Summit of Black Butte

There is a beautiful building up top, a fire lookout station I believe and a tall tower. Don't attempt to climb the tower, but definitely take time to soak in the views of Santiam Pass, the Sisters, Washington and TFJ.

3. Burned Forest and old logging trail descent

Enjoy tree skiing through the burned backside of Black Butte but try to follow this GPS track as closely as you can as it leads down a logging slash trail that will provide a wide ski run back down the road and your vehicle.