Deception Butte

AreaWestern Cascades
(Willamette National Forest)
Best time to visitSecond half of June
Blooming NowNo
Elevation3250-3580 feet
Trail Info1.2 miles round-trip, 500 feet elevation gain/loss

NOTE: The blue marker indicates the trailhead.


This is a short but very steep hike to a rocky summit and an alpine meadow with a wonderful view of Diamond Peak. Numerous rock species bloom at the summit (N 43 44.780 W 122 34.623), but the real highlight is the large south meadow. From the summit, look for an unofficial trail heading south, and follow it for approximately 0.1 mile (to N 43 44.707 W 122 34.612). In addition to the terrific east-facing view, the meadow is carpeted with wildflowers.

Plant lists can be found at Tanya Harvey's Mountain Plants of the Western Cascades site.


Drive east on Highway 58 from I-5. Turn right onto Krueger Rock Road 5847 at Milepost 29 (just next to Shady Dell Campground). Continue 4.5 miles then turn left onto Road 549. Continue 3.2 miles to the trailhead (N 43 44.657 W 122 35.069). Parking is available on the right side of the road across from the trail.

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06/08/2018Charlie Russell
07/01/2011Greg Lief

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Diamond Peak from Deception Butte (by Cheryl Hill)

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