Hike Pilot Butte

Oregon Pilot Butte Trailhead

Added by Richard Bacon

  • Distance: 1.7 miles out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 480 feet
  • Great views from the top
  • Dog-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.

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Trail Shoes
  • Camera
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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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about 2 months ago

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!

about 2 months ago

8 months ago

Night Hike

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✌️

8 months ago

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