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    197 m
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    5.3 km
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    Gray Butte Trail


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    The Gray Butte Trail is an easy-going adventure on the outskirts of Mount Shasta that the whole family can enjoy. Indulge in unrivaled vistas of the Klamath Mountains and Mount Shasta looming above without having to over-exhaust yourself—what more could you ask for?

    Route Description for Gray Butte Trail

    The Gray Butte Trail is a must-add to your hiking itinerary—trust us! Though not an overly secluded adventure, the views this route rewards are well worth having to share. Travel up to the summit of Gray Butte and indulge in 360-degree, panoramic views of the mountainous landscape. Note the path rocky and uneven, so be sure to wear a pair of sturdy footwear. Don’t forget to charge your camera! Note the road to the trailhead is subject to seasonal closure, but the trail remains open year-round.

    Setting out from the trailhead, the Gray Butte Trail east over Panther Springs and up the northern slope of the butte. As you climb, you will meander through the stands of towering conifers and montane meadows. Minding your footing on the uneven terrain, the path will eventually reroute you south and up a switchback to the summit of Gray Butte.

    From atop the peak, you will be dumbfounded by the panoramic views. Enjoy the amazing scenery, and when you are ready, retrace your footing back down the terrain to the trailhead—marking the end of your adventure.

    Getting to the Gray Butte Trail Trailhead

    Trailhead access is found off Everitt Memorial Highway in the Panther Creek Campground.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Panther Meadows Campground

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    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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