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.
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.
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.