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.
Great 360 degree view of Central Oregon from the peak of this in-town butte! Heavy foot traffic (along with actual traffic as there is a paved road for vehicles up to the top as well) somewhat distracts, but the reason it's so popular is plain to see, the views of the Cascade Range, Deschutes/Paulina Forest and the High Desert are amazing!