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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, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 452 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Walking Running Partially paved Views No shade
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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.

There is a small bathroom at the top.

You could hike this in anything - including flipflops - if the weather is good. Take your camera and a water bottle and remember there are bathrooms and water fountains at the top and bottom.

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Diamond Roberts
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Fine for a morning walk.

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Teresa Keight
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Paved. Busy.

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John Marshall
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Austin Skarphol
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nice trail. not to busy during the day. Unfortunately the smoke from the fires made the view not as great for this hike.

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Shayla Renee
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good for my glutes

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Haley Wilson
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Chelsea Lois
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Pretty and easy walk to see the sunrise. You can't drive up until 8am so you have to park nearby.

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Christine C
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Really great quicker hike for a 360 view of the surrounding area, including the Sisters, Batch, Jefferson, so many mountains! Please remember the town of Bend has asked people to mask up when they pass people on the tight dirt trails--this was closed for a bit because of the maskless crowds and inability to distance except on the closed road up. Please mask up (like recent large signs have asked at the trailhead) so it doesn't get closed again.

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AmandaMara Young
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Amazing! I hiked this in the snow and although it was cold I enjoyed it so much. Once you get to the top, the view is stunning. Definitely recommend this if you have a bit of extra time.

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M Clark
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Easy trail

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Kristoffer Wulf
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Drive to the top is closed which makes the trails pretty empty. Please wear your masks, especially when passing others on the trail.

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Kelly M.
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Quick and easy! I was up in less than 20 minutes (although I was going pretty quickly since the gate closes at 8pm - a woman was attempting to close it at 7:57pm actually!). Great views of Bend and the cascades. Next time I hope to park elsewhere and stay for sunset, as the sun sets just above the highest mountains.

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Andrew Kaylor
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Pilot Butte Road is still closed but the parking lot on the map is open. Lots of people out on the road up and the trails. Very nice view of the surrounding area on a clear day.

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Alex Hall
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This is the first hike we did after arriving in Bend. Pretty easy up and back trip. I saw others note, the parking lot is open from 8am-8pm. When the lot closes, it can mean your car is locked in the lot, and you’ll be cited. So plan your sunset trip accordingly.

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Adrian K
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I hiked the dirt trial last Friday 7/17/20 to see the sunset. The views were amazing. It’s an easy trial. It is quite dusty now. Note that you can’t drive up to the top because of the current situation.

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Tony N
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Easy 2 miles up and down. Gate closes exactly at 8:00 pm no joke.

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Tanna McLaws
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It is so very beautiful at the top.

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Patty Warwick
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Spenser Cammack
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Great view. Easy for family

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Tayler Boosey
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This was quite the hike! It’s a great trail, there is a road trail and then another dirt trail that is a bit steeper. The road trail is a gradual climb but the dirt trail is much more difficult, I would consider it moderate. Highly suggest warming up before hitting the trail. We went around 6:30pm and there were a good amount of people but enough space to not feel crowded. If we lived in Bend I would do this daily! Amazing views at the top. You are able to drive up to the top but the road is currently closed to vehicles due to COVID. Which is actually nice...

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Elizabeth Garcia
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Easy walk up with nice views.

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Laura Braden
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I went on a Friday morning and was surprised by how few other hikers there were. The road to drive to the top is closed re: Covid-19, so you have the option to either walk up the road or the trail. I took the trail. It is quite the climb. The view from the top is amazing! On a cloudy day when I went the volcanoes were not visible but the view overlooking the city is lovely. There are some great signs at the top providing info on the area.

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Miguel Miranda
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Great place trail to get a scope of the city if you are from out of town. The sunset and city lights are a must

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Charles Moe
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Good trail

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@ ZellaTheGolden
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I got lucky and was the only person hiking Pilot Butte. Beautiful views of Bend and the surrounding mountains once you reach the top. Easy hike. Highly recommended. Dog friendly.

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Natalie Sifri
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Nice paved trail pretty lookout

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Johnny Morgan
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Not closed as of last week. Please update your app.

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Giuseppe Basile
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Easy up down hike with beautiful views.

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bob bock
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Nollan Charles
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Great hike. It was pretty windy and our baby freaked out on the way up so we didn’t quite make it to the summit.

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