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.

walking
10 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty panoramic views of all the surrounding mountains.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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
6 months ago

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
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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!

9 months ago

easy nice veiw of bend

hiking
9 months ago

Love it!! I go every day on my lunch break

11 months ago

Very easy, views of bend and the cascade Mountains.

hiking
1 year ago

You can see all of Bend from up here. Mildly strenuous, short hike. Bathrooms are at the top, for the small-bladdered hikers.

Easy, fun first hike

hiking
1 year ago

on Pilot Butte

1 year ago