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 for what it is...good for exercise in town, great view of Bend, Oregon.

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scenic driving
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trail running
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2 months ago

Nice 360 views of the area at the top. A good quickie option if you can't get further out of town.

walking
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2 months 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.

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3 months 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!

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3 months ago

Great exercise

hiking
3 months ago

Great little workout hike.