The road to the top of the butte will be closed to vehicles and the nature trail will be closed to pedestrians the morning of Sept. 25 for the Pilot Butte Challenge; both should reopen by 1 p.m. Come and explore an old cinder cone located just east of Bend. Hike up and around on one of three trails. The trails wind through stands of juniper and sage. All of the trails lead to the summit. Once at the top, get ready for a grand panoramic view of the high desert. To the west at sunset, the glow of snowcapped Cascade mountains put on a spectacular show. Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Black Butte and Mt. Hood are some of the highlights. Bring something to quench your thirst after the climb; there's no drinking water at the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike with rewarding views! I like to take the nature trail on the way up, and the road on the way down for variety.

hiking
2 months ago

To our surprise top has nice 360 views of all the peaks in the area, including Mt Hood and Adams. Nice picnic spot for lunch and short hike

walking
3 months ago

The view is fantastic from the top but it's usually pretty crowded. Great place to take visitors.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

easy nice veiw of bend

hiking
6 months ago

Love it!! I go every day on my lunch break

7 months ago

Very easy, views of bend and the cascade Mountains.

hiking
10 months ago

You can see all of Bend from up here. Mildly strenuous, short hike. Bathrooms are at the top, for the small-bladdered hikers.

10 months ago

Easy, fun first hike

on Pilot Butte

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

I love this trail! Great quick hike with awesome views, plus a really good cardio workout going up.

trail running
1 year ago

A fun trail to run with a nice view of Bend.

love the hike to the top. the view is great.

hiking
2 years ago

A short, easy hike to the top, but you are rewarded with a nice view of the entire city of Bend and on a nice clear day you can see Mt. Bachelor, the Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood and more from the top. I recommend going up to see the sunset and see the lights of the city come on with the mountains behind it, but it will be crowded.

hiking
2 years ago

Great views. Easy hike.

hiking
2 years ago

I live in Bend and am about a mile and three quarters from the Butte. I enjoy walking over to the trail head and hiking the Butte three of four time just to stay in shape until some of the mountain trails get open.Its a good workout hiking up the nature trail and down the road trail. The views on a clear day are great.