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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.
The Three Capes Route is one of our favorite scenic drives (note: it is no longer a "Loop", there is damage to the road that will not be repair just north of the Cape Mears lighthouse). You are up high at Cape Mears, with the Lighthouse, Octopus Tree and Big Spruce to explore, then down at the ocean level at Oceanside, where you can go through the tunnel at Maxwell Point. Follow along Netarts Bay and stop at the Whiskey Creek Fish Hatchery, where you can feed the HUGE outdoor trout. Back up high at Cape Lookout, hike the roundtrip trail that takes you out the westernmost point on the West Coast, then back down driving through the sand dunes. End your trip along the route at Pacific City, where you can watch surfers, see Haystack Rock and climb the sand dune at Cape Kiwanda.