Walking & Hiking Trails

Black Butte Ranch offers 18 miles of paved paths, perfect for a gentle stroll or a more vigorous hike. What makes these well-maintained trails the perfect excursion? Well, start with views of no less than seven Cascade peaks, add giant stands of Ponderosa Pines and Aspens, and throw in abundant wildlife for good measure. Hiking around the resort might just be the best way to explore and enjoy the Ranch.

But the possibilities don’t end with the miles of paved trails. The 1.6 million acre Deschutes National Forest is the Ranch's backyard. Deschutes Land Trust offers a wide variety of guided hikes near the Ranch. Check their event calendar to see what's coming up.


Suggested Area Hikes

BLACK BUTTE LOOKOUT
A must-hike for every visitor to the Ranch. Black Butte Lookout is a moderately strenuous 3.8-mile hike from the trailhead to the lookout tower and back. Its summit provides spectacular views of the Sisters area—including a panoramic view of Black Butte Ranch.

METOLIUS RIVER
The Metolius River in Camp Sherman is an easy hike that takes you into some of the region’s most beautiful country.

SISTERS TIE TRAIL
Running a little over six miles, the Sisters Tie Trail is a nice backcountry walk in the woods.

JACK CREEK
The Jack Creek trail ambles through easy terrain, allowing you to take in the beauty of the area. Fed by underground springs, the headwaters of Jack Creek come up right from the ground—a fascinating natural wonder.

BLACK CRATER
This strenuous seven-mile round trip includes some steep climbs. There's a payoff, though—the summit gives you an unparalleled 360-degree view of the Three Sisters.

PROXY FALLS
The perfect hike for families and kids. During the 1-1/4 mile loop, you'll encounter two enchanting waterfalls nestled in the forest.

For more details on these hikes, or for additional hiking ideas, visit the Sisters Country hiking guide.

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