|Black Butte viewed from the south along I-5.|
The trail up Black Butte gains 1,875 feet over 2.5 miles, crossing the oldest eruption and the second eruption. Fortunately the incline is never too steep, the hardest part about this trail is how rocky it is, sometimes treacherously so. We were glad we had our trekking poles for stability on both large boulders and loose scree.
|Black Butte viewed from the east.|
The trail head is reached via a series of old logging roads with few signs, good directions are a must. The roads are in okay shape, just a few large potholes and one rutted section, a passenger car should be able to make it, very carefully.
The trail starts climbing through forest on the NE side of the butte and soon breaks out onto intermittent talus covered slopes. We were glad we'd waited for a cloudy day with cooler temps to make this trek.
|A couple of lenticular clouds forming over Mt Shasta.|
|Those with a fear of heights should probably avoid this trail...the exposure is much worse than this, higher up.|
|Vibrant penstemon was a bright spot in an otherwise gray morning.|
|The dogwood were blooming too.|
|Coming around to the west side of the butte we were treated to views of the Eddy Range, residential areas of Mt Shasta City and several lava plugs along the north side of the main butte.|
|Looking straight up from the trail.|
|The trail clearly passed from one eruption to another and, as we climbed the north face of the main butte, |
became much rockier. Care had to be taken with every single step.
Here, we are looking east as Mt Shasta starts to come back into view.
|Looking back west towards Mt Eddy.|
|The summit is still quite a ways above us.|
|One must stop to appreciate the views, otherwise eyes on the trail at all times!|
|We made it!|
It was pretty windy and cool on top so we didn't stay long.
|I'm happy because I'm almost finished with the hard parts!|
This was an amazing hike...challenging, with drop dead gorgeous views. We're glad to be able to say we did it but I don't know that we'd do it again...there were some very treacherous spots where one wrong move could prove disastrous. What an experience!
We finished our day with happy hour at the home of new friends Brice and Elaine and saw this lovely lenticular cloud over Mt Shasta. A fitting end to a wonderful week in the shadow of a great mountain.