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.

8 days ago

Quick and easy hike, beautiful views of Bend and the Cascades.

on Pilot Butte

20 days ago

Fantastic views

So worth the hike up for the views :)

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike up a wider asphalt road. Winds up the butte. Nice view of all the surrounding mountains on top. Took both my shepherds on leash for this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

The view from the top is fantastic.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little trail with great views.

hiking
4 months ago

love this short little hike up Pilot Butte. only takes about 20 min to get to the top and has beautiful views of Bend.

5 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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.

8 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!

8 months ago

Great exercise

Great little workout hike.

hiking
10 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.

10 months ago

Great for a quick workout but lots of traffic.

hiking
Monday, January 09, 2017

Pretty panoramic views of all the surrounding mountains.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

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
Thursday, September 15, 2016

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
Sunday, August 21, 2016

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

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

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!

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