Yesterday I visited my ‘neighborhood butte’. It’s peak, standing at 4,747 feet, is clearly visible from my front window. There are several ways to get to the top (and actually, several ‘tops’). Ann’s Butte Natural Area has two summits: Ann and Little Ann. The former is classified as Oregon’s 1,658th highest mountain and is home to a a bevy of Sugar Pine Cones. Sugar Pines are the largest species of Pine and are known for their sizable Cones. Sugar Pines produce a delicious syrup, much like Maple.
Ann’s Butte Natural Area is closed to motor vehicles but can be accessed via NF-41 by foot or horse.
Ann’s Butte Summit
In the 1940’s much of what is now Sunriver was used by the US Army to train combat engineers during World War II. Little Ann was once home to a fire lookout. The ranger spent most of their time maintaining the miles and miles of telegraph line that ran through the forest.
Here is a map to this Butte. I like to park at the intersection of NF-41 and NF- 4220 and hike the road East into Ann’s Butte Area. This makes for a 6 mile out and back hike.