Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Duffy Butte Hike

Went on a day hike with friends and coworkers this past weekend to the Duffy Lake area in the Mt Jefferson Wilderness. We started at the Duffy Lake trailhead around 9am, hiked in to Duffy Lake, then to Mowich Lake. From here we decided to skirt around Mowich towards Duffy Butte to make our climb, but there is no trail from this point on, so it was bushwhacking all the way, which wasn't so bad until descending Duffy Butte. Not only was it steep and difficult, but it was an open invitation to accidental missteps that could result in serious ankle injury the whole way down. I probably won't do that one again. All-in-all it was a great day for a hike with clear views of all the surrounding buttes and mountains. We were back to the car by 3pm and we estimate our journey to be about 11 miles.

Things I didn't like about this hike:
  • thick layer of dry dust that comprises the trail was hell on the lungs if you hiked behind anyone
  • the mosquitoes were very active and hungry
  • horse shit everywhere
  • difficult bushwhacking down Duffy Butte
Things I liked:
  • beautiful scenery
  • great for overnight camping
  • plenty of area to explore
  • swimming
  • trailhead is motorcycle accessible

And in wrapping up this blog I will share with you the video I created of our hike. It's about 10 minutes long with music, enjoy!


  1. "All-in-all it was a great day for a hike with clear views of all the surrounding buttes..."

    Alright alright, so I snickered every time you said "butte".
    Big whoop,
    wanna fight about it?

  2. (it helps if you pronounce it...well...you know...)


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