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The 2023 Big Butte Challenge ends after Monday Sept 4! Get your buttes in now!

Bend, OR

Did you complete The Challenge and conquer all 8 butte-iful buttes?!?

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Thank you to everyone who participated in The 2023 Big Butte Challenge! It’s been a butte-iful adventure and we hope you had as much fun as we did.


The Big Butte Challenge

This annual event brings families and individuals together to explore eight butte-iful buttes & breweries across Central Oregon, at their own pace, between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend.  Your reward? Custom Big Butte Merch, swag bags, and a free pint at each butte-sponsored brewery. 🍻

But this isn’t just about bagging peaks and enjoying cold brews. It’s about achieving your personal best, supporting local businesses, and having the time of your life while doing it. And who says fitness challenges can’t be fun? 😉

So gather your favorite people or challenge your work buddies to a summertime showdown. The Big Butte Challenge is the ultimate chance to get outside, explore new heights, and celebrate our beautiful state. we’ll see in 2024!

Get info on each of the Buttes:

  1. Barnes Butte
  2. Bessie Butte
  3. Black Butte
  4. Smith Rock — UPDATE: Alternate Route due to Misery Ridge closure
  5. Overturf Butte
  6. Paulina Peak
  7. Pilot Butte
  8. Tumalo Mountain

Download the full map here!

Excitcing 2023 updates: 

A physical beer token is REQUIRED to redeem your well-earned pint from each sponsored brewery. Packet pick-up is available from The Haven Coworking, Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm. Come grab your swag and let the adventure begin!

We like big buttes…how bout you?!

How it works:

The Big Butte Challenge brings people together to accomplish one common goal: to reach the summit of the 8 Buttes in Central Oregon. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend, participants hike or run each butte, on their own schedule, using custom maps to lead the way. After each summit, participants can visit the sponsored butte brewery and receive a pint on the house.

  • The Big Butte Challenge consists of 8 Butte ChallengesParticipants can register for all 8 Challenges, or just one.
  • Complete the challenges in any order, between May 15 – September 4, 2023. Complete all 8 before The Challenge ends to receive a special prize!
  • Do one butte for $20 or all 8 for $60 (Ages under 15 only $15).
  • All registration options include custom merch, a jam-packed swag bag, perks from our sponsors, and a free beer for every butte you summit!
  • Course routes are set one-way, from the trailhead to the summit. Only completion of the uphill effort is what matters. Once you reach the summit you can enjoy the spectacular views, take pictures, eat a snack and make your way down the butte at your leisure… You may even decide to take a different way back!
  • Complete a submit submission form after each butte to track your progress as you go, then head to the sponsored brewery and cheers to your victory!
  • Post photos #bigbuttechallenge and tag @cascaderelays and our brewery partners.

Update from past years:

Time Tracking

This year, we aren’t tracking or timing your summits, and we’ve significantly simplified the mapping and tracking tech. How fast you complete it does not matter. All that matters is you complete the routes, submit your summit (pictures or GPS from your phone, watch, etc.) and have a blast! 

Beer Redemption: 

A physical beer token is REQUIRED to redeem your well-earned pint from each sponsored brewery. Grab your event packet from the Haven Coworking Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm, and let the games begin!


Packet Pick-Up

Packet Pickup will be available throughout the challenge at The Haven during regular business hours: Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

A physical beer token is required to redeem your well-earned pint from each sponsored brewery—Come grab your swag and let the adventure begin!

The Haven Coworking — 1001 SW Disk Dr, Bend, OR 97702


The Swag

Every participant receives:

  • Custom “I LIKE BIG BUTTES” swag
  • One butte beer token for each sponsored brewery (21+)
  • 1-day pass to The Haven Coworking
  • Goodies from our partners including Vida Mate,  Ablis, Mission Farms, and more.


Photo Contests

It’s social media contest time! 🤳 If you didn’t post it on Instagram, did it even happen?

Post your best photos on social media throughout the challenge for the chance to win some AWESOME prizes!

  • Most Spirited: We’ve got spirit, how about you?! Use @cascaderelays #bigbuttechallenge
  • Dressed for Success: Post a photo in your Big Butte Challenge swag! Use @cascaderelays #bigbuttechallenge
  • Hoppy Moments: Post a photo celebrating after your climb at a sponsored brewery! Tag the brewery sponsor, and also @cascaderelays #bigbuttechallenge

Summit all 8 Buttes

Ready to claim your rightful place among the winners? Complete all 8 butte challenges before time runs out and earn a seriously special prize. Just fill out the Summit Submission Form for each one to claim your prime spoils and join the winning ranks!

Thank you for your interest in connecting to our vibrant community! The Big Butte Challenge has several partnership opportunities available and we’d love to connect with you. For more information, check out our Partner Packet and send your inquiries to [email protected].


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