Trail Butter has Gone to the Mountains!

The mountains were calling... and to Central Oregon we went!

After 10 great years in Portland, we've moved to beautiful, Sisters, OR! We'll forever be grateful for our time in PDX and the community of great peeps living there, but this just felt right for an outdoor-loving brand like Trail Butter as we venture into our second decade of existence. 

Trail Butter, CEO & Founder, Jeff Boggess and his pup Jumbo say goodbye to their home in Portland. The sun even came out to wish them well!

For those unfamiliar, Sisters is a sleepy outdoor, farming, ranching town of about 3000 on the eastern side of the great Cascade Mountains just 30 minutes from Bend and at the doorstep of endless outdoor amenities, from stunning volcanoes to pristine, wild & scenic rivers and pretty much everything in between with miles of trails and forest roads interconnecting it all.  If it sounds like heaven on Earth, that's because it is.

A few fun facts on Sisters and the surrounding area...
  • The town is named for the stunning Three Sisters peaks that rise up as a beautiful background to the Town - a trio of volcanic peaks, each rising more than 10,000 feet. The Three Sisters were known to the pioneers as Faith (North Sister), Hope (Middle Sister) and Charity (South Sister).
  • Sisters is famous for its western themed downtown and its International Quilt Show, Rodeo and Folk Festival. 
  • The Sisters City Council made the 1880's style storefront a part of its zoning ordinance in the early 1970s.
So far, some of our favorite spots are...

Suttle lake sunset views

Summer at dusk sitting on the shores of Suttle Lake. Stop at the lodge for good food, great views, live music and family friendly year-round activities. 

A few of our favorite adventures:

  • Spring: We like to head on over to Smith Rock State Park in spring. An easy drive to the East, you'll find slightly warmer temperatures, little or no snow, early season flower blooms and a variety of activities to choose from. If you're a rock climber, you'll be right at home in the birthplace of sport climbing in the states. If you want to cover a lot of ground, there are a variety of distances you can choose to run, hike or mountain bike. If you love to fish, the Crooked River meanders it's way through the park making it an angler's paradise. 

  • Summer: Take a hike or run from the base of Black Butte up to the summit for a total of 10 miles r/t and 3,000 feet in elevation gain. For those who prefer to travel on 2-wheels, there are a number of forest roads that allow you to circumnavigate this shield volcano and you can get there on some pretty sweet single-track right from town riding the Sisters Tie Trail.

Trail Butter Jeff & Casey make the most of a classic Central Oregon summer adventure up to No Name Lake.
  • Fall: The Metolius calls our name in the fall where you can ride you bike around the forest roads peppered with golden yellow larches displaying impressive autumnal vibes. The trail along the Metolius from Canyon Creek Campground allows for an up to 14 mile out and back where you get to experiences all of the moods of this river. From lazy to rip roaring it's beautiful, crystal blue waters never cease to amaze us. Bring your fly rod and set up your tent at one of the many campgrounds along the river. Guaranteed Good Times. 

  • Winter: For a day of good old fashioned fun in the backcountry, Potato Hill, to the west of town, provides a great and easy access escape for ski touring and snowshoeing. This location offers up terrain that's perfect for individuals new to getting out in the backcountry and enjoyable for all levels. Check the avalanche reports before you head out and pack a thermos full of something warm when you get to the top. You'll enjoy great views of some of the most picturesque peaks in the Oregon Cascades.

Metolius River fly fishing scene

Jeff fly fishing along the Metolius River. A favorite spot amongst visitors and locals alike.

Of course there are a number of Type 2 adventures to be had out here in Sisters Country. Our selections above accommodate for a variety of skill levels including families and weekend warriors.

Mark Your Calendars...

We hope to see you here sometime! To officially ring in this new era for TB, we're throwing a party! Mark your calendars this August, exact date TBD, when we'll celebrate our anniversary in our new home with a group bike ride and festivities at The Barn. Stay tuned for details!

Thank you for being a part of this Trail Butter journey! As any good adventure does, it's had its peaks and valleys. You're the adventure buddy that always brings the stoke (of course we bring the snacks!) and helps us keep putting one foot in front of the other. We couldn't have made it this far without you!

Happy & Healthy Trails,
Jeff & Team
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