Pilot Butte

EASY 141 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking 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
452 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

road biking

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
21 days ago

Nice little hike. About 1 mile up and 1 mile down. Not too difficult on the way up but a steady climb. There are plenty of little pull outs with benches that would be perfect for a little pic nic or something.
You can also drive to the top which I found odd. That option might be seasonal.
The top of the hike is a HUGE space with informational signs, bathrooms, and water fountain that was not cooperating on my trip.
Good short little hike with great views

21 days ago

Enjoyed the spectacular views from the top. Great for the family as our three littles had a fun hike up and down. Will be doing it as a family more often.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun short hike to the top of pilot butte which apparently is usually a great view of the mountains when it isn’t so smoky due to fires

1 month ago

The trail is short and fairly easy, but the views at sunset were unbelievable! 5 stars for the sunset views! It’s also important to note that gps will take you to the road and not the trailhead. We ended up at the top in our car and had some time before sunset so we just hiked down and back up.

2 months ago

dusty but worth it ! The plaque at the top that represents surrounding mountains was unclear.!

trail running
2 months ago

Exactly as advertised. This trail is a nice, short distance with beautiful views. Definitely a must at sunset!

3 months ago

Lovely panoramic view. not too strenuous.

3 months ago

Beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views. liked the trail. Only a 4 because too many people

4 months ago

We drove up all the way since it was open, beautiful views and history there! In the middle there is a 'compass' of sorts to point out all the mountains you can see. Amazing on a clear day like today.

5 months ago

Love this trail for the view of the Cascades. During the summer it is the most beautiful place to see a sunset. There is a trail to the top and a base trail. You can also walk up the paved path (which is closed to cars during the weekend)

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Fantastic views

8 months ago

So worth the hike up for the views :)

hiking
9 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
10 months ago

The view from the top is fantastic.

hiking
10 months ago

Great little trail with great views.

hiking
11 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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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!

Friday, June 02, 2017

Great exercise

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great little workout hike.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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.

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