2 miles
Distance
2,062 ft
Climb
-193 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Gunsight Butte Details

  • Activities
    • Backcountry Ski
  • Riding Area
    Mt. Hood Meadows
    Government Camp, Oregon
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Winter only trail
  • Trail Type
    Ski Run (Off-Piste)
  • Snow Grooming
    Backcountry
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    No clear path
  • Season
    Winter
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Skiing

There are plenty of different routes up and down Gunsight Butte in the Winter and this is one of them. This is the route up that starts at the typical skin track most folks use to summit the ridge. You'll likely cross your skin track on the way back down this slope. There are numerous glades formed by scree fields, dense tree skiing is to be had everywhere, and advanced route finding skills are a must. This is not a curated experience and is recommended for experienced back-country travelers only. Good communication skills are a must.

These are steep slopes and as always avalanches are a real danger. Again, this is just one path. There are many ways up and down this ridge, but it's nice to know this is here.

Access Info

Access this from the Pocket Creek Snopark.

More Stats for Gunsight Butte backcountry ski trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,869 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,733 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,808 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,679 ft
  • Grade
    16.8%
  • Grade max
    -29.7%
  • Grade min
    136.2%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    2,720 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,112 ft
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
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  • Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      youtuber Pocket Creek to Gunsight Butte
      10:22 | 19 | Mar 6, 2021 , Government Camp
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