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Black Butte
Black Butte 8-4-2007.jpg
Black Butte, looking north from Interstate 5
Highest point
Elevation 6,334 ft (1,931 m) NAVD 88
Black Butte is located in California
Black Butte
Black Butte
Location in California
Parent range Cascades
Topo map USGS City of Mount Shasta
Age of rock Holocene
Mountain type Lava dome
Volcanic arc Cascade Volcanic Arc
Last eruption About 9,500 years ago
Easiest route Trail
Black Butte Sunset 8-3-2007
Sunset over Black Butte
Black Butte seen from I-5 near Shasta City
Black Butte seen with I-5 near the city of Mount Shasta

Black Butte is a cluster of overlapping dacite lava domes in a butte, a satellite cone of Mount Shasta. It is located directly adjacent to Interstate 5 at milepost 742 between the city of Mount Shasta and Weed, California. The highway crosses a 3,912 ft (1,192 m) pass, Black Butte Summit, at the western base of the lava domes. The lava domes were extruded at the foot of the cone of Shastina following the period of its major eruptions about 9,000–10,000 years ago.

A United States Forest Service fire lookout tower was built on the summit in the early 1930s, but destroyed during the Columbus Day Storm of 1962. A new lookout was built in 1963 and operated until 1973. The building was moved by helicopter to a new location in 1975 and only the concrete foundation remains today. A 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) trail leads to the summit from a trailhead accessible by gravel roads off the Everitt Memorial Highway. The summit boasts an outstanding view of the southwest side of Shasta and Shastina, and on clear days Mount McLoughlin is easily visible 70 miles (113 km) to the north in Oregon.

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