The Whitney Butte trailhead is located near the Merrill Ice Cave. The trail enters the Black Lava Flow Wilderness Area at the western boundary of the monument. Although this trail is long, it's a relatively easy trail to hike. Bring plenty of water, especially during the summer months as there are no water facilities available along the trail.
The Whitney Butte Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,906 ft (1,495 m), a minimum elevation of 4,724 ft (1,440 m), and an elevation gain of 8,114 ft (2,473 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Whitney Butte Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|7,139||3.3 mi||4,724 ft||4,906 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|1.3 hrs||0.0||8,114 ft||9,199 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|1.3 hrs||0.0||9,199 ft||8,114 ft|
The length of the Whitney Butte Trail is 3.3 mi (5.4 km) or 7,139 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Whitney Butte Trail in 1.3 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.3 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Whitney Butte Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Lava Beds National Monument topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?
Yes, and it's free! The Whitney Butte Trail is located on the Schonchin Butte topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.
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