Hike Pilot Butte
Oregon › Pilot Butte Trailhead
Added by Richard Bacon
Distance: 1.7 miles out-and-backElevation Gain: 480 feetGreat views from the topDog-friendly hike
Get stunning views overlooking Bend. This 1.7 mile roundtrip hike is in the middle of town and is easily accessible as a quick before or after work adventure. If you head up there later in the day, you'll be rewarded with sunset views over the Cascade Mountains.
This trail offers easy parking at the base. In terms of the hike, there are two options: one allows you to hike up a paved trail, which is also car-friendly for those who aren't looking to hike it. The second, is a dirt trail which is a little more pedestrian friendly.
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Good Warm up!
When I arrived in Bend from Pennsylvania, I went to Pilot Butte the first evening for sunset. Great first spot to check out, great panoramic view of the town and the mountains in the distance. It get's you pumped for exploring the surrounding areas!
During winter there isn't a lot of trails open or just sketchy, but this trail is perfect to take at night. If lucky, you may even catch a family of deer. If the moon is out, a head lamp is not need on the way up but on the way down probably a good idea. But great trail nice and easy strides✌️
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