Sunday May 28, five CONC members left Thump Coffee at 9:00 am to hike Black Butte from the lower trailhead. Earlier in the week, the forecast called for clouds, possible thunder showers, and a high of 67 degrees. However, things changed; the new forecast was for clear skies and a high of 77 degrees. Too bad we got a late start.
At the trailhead around 10:00, we were all shocked to see the parking lot full, and about a dozen cars parked along the road. But hiking up to the upper trailhead, we mostly encountered only a few trail runners who passed us easily on the trail. In the trees, the hike was quite pleasant, though I was sweating the most I had for the year!
The crowds caught up with us the last two miles, above the upper parking lot. But everyone was just like us; out hiking in nice weather and enjoying the scenery.
This route gains 3200 feet in 5 miles, making it a good training hike. The last two miles are exposed with little tree coverage, but summit’s views make the effort worthwhile.