Pilot Butte

EASY 60 reviews

Pilot Butte is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bend, Oregon that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

road biking

scenic driving

trail running

walking

views

snow

A quick hike up for a 360 degree view of the high desert. It's a quick mile each way from the base to the summit, short enough that there's a kiosk showing the trail running times to get to the top. Once you reach the top, there are views of all the Oregon Cascades and the surrounding high desert.

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

11 days ago

19 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!

25 days ago

25 days ago

Great exercise

hiking
1 month ago

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.

3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty panoramic views of all the surrounding mountains.