Hiking Bessie Butte

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Added by Roark Nelson

  • Beautiful viewpoint of Deschutes National Forest
  • View of Mount Bachelor and three Sisters
  • 1.5 mile hike roundtrip
  • 500 foot elevation gain
  • Easy Access

Just a mere 15 minutes outside of Bend, Oregon the Bessie Butte Trail is a wonderfully scenic hike to overlook Bend on one side and the Deschutes National Forest on the other. The butte provides an excellent view of the surrounding mountains of which there are many: Mount Bachelor, The South Sister, The Middle Sister, The North Sister, Mount Hood, and in the distance, Mount Adams. Be aware that the more distant mountains such as Hood and Adams may not be as visible in not so clear skies.

Be prepared for dropping temperatures and high winds, the butte itself rises 500 feet above the valley floor and the wind is chilling in the cooler months.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Windbreaker (ITS WINDY)
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