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
4 days ago

You are walking up pavement to a great view of Bend and the surrounding area. Be careful of cars and bikes on the road as there is not much room on the pavement. This review is not for the trail head which is different.

hiking
11 days ago

Not a nature hike, but a fun adventure for kids if you go to explore rather that to walk up/down for exercise! Great view though! I prefer driving up! Stay as long as I want and leaving!

Great exercise

hiking
1 month ago

Great little workout hike.

walking
1 month ago

walking
2 months ago

2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Decided to catch the sunrise here. The road that allows you to drive straight up to the top is currently closed for the season. But we had anticipated on hiking up anyways. There's two trails, one is 0.8 miles one way and the other one is longer. We opted for the shorter one, of course, so we could catch the sunrise. The trail wraps around Pilot Butte, which makes for a very scenic hike on the way up. Pilot Butte is an extinct volcano and it's one of four in the entire country that's actually located inside of a city. The top is absolutely gorgeous - provides a 360 viewpoint of Bend and you can see Mt. Bachelor, Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Mt. Hood. I can only imagine how much more beautiful this hike is in the fall when all of the trees are different colors.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Great for a quick workout but lots of traffic.

2 months ago

walking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty panoramic views of all the surrounding mountains.