Pilot Butte

EASY 129 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.

1.8 miles
452 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


road biking

trail running




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.

trail running
8 days ago

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

22 days ago

Lovely panoramic view. not too strenuous.

1 month ago

Beautiful views.

1 month ago

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

2 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.

2 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)

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Fantastic views

6 months ago

So worth the hike up for the views :)

7 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.

8 months ago

The view from the top is fantastic.

8 months ago

Great little trail with great views.

9 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.

10 months ago

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

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.

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.

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.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Pretty panoramic views of all the surrounding mountains.

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.

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

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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

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!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

easy nice veiw of bend

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Very easy, views of bend and the cascade Mountains.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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

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