Smithsonian Butte Back Country Byway 01

Total Miles
1.9

Elevation

1,353.20 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Smithsonian Butte is a National Back Country Byway that offers incredible scenic views in all directions. This byway will not disappoint when starting from the north. It consists of a steep rocky and rutted climb and is highly recommended to air down before ascending from the north or descending from the south. If wanting to avoid the more technical section then approach from the south. This will be impassible after severe weather.

Photos of Smithsonian Butte Back Country Byway 01

Smithsonian Butte Back Country Byway 01
Smithsonian Butte Back Country Byway 01
Smithsonian Butte Back Country Byway 01

Difficulty

It consists of a steep rocky and rutted climb and is highly recommended to air down before ascending from the north or descending from the south. If wanting to avoid the more technical section then approach from the south. This will be impassible after sever weather.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Gary Tarbet
Apr 01, 2024
2021 Polaris Ranger XP 1000
Open
Dusty
This road was totally rebuilt over a year ago and is now one of the best, highly maintained gravel roads I have ever used. The current rating is inaccurate and does not represent the current road condition or usage.
Cole Haaf
Mar 29, 2024
2010 Toyota 4Runner
Open
Normal
Looks like they may have recently added some fresh gravel to this section. Aside from some washboards, the road was in great condition and as long is it isn’t super wet should be passable in any type of vehicle.
Kyle Fine
Oct 07, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Washboard

Access Description

It is best to approach from Rockville and hwy 9 at Bridge rd.

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