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Pilot Butte

Address: US 20, Bend, OR
Phone Number: 1-800-551-6949
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Ranked #8 of 68 things to do in Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hiking trails, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Hiking trails, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities

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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Hey, I'm a local, a Bendite. I even went to the two schools at the base of Pilot Butte. Here's the deal, everyone drives to the top of the butte for the view and you should too. Here's the only thing you need to know, the road is not open year-round. In the winter you'll have to take the trail... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The hike is a slow incline so just about any one can make it to the top. It might take quite a bit longer than the "fastest to the top" records posted at the base of the hike, but even our two year old made it to the top. There is a nice view and lots of seating if you... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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118 reviews 118 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Wonderful view from the top of all the snowcapped mountains and the entire high desert area of Bend. You can drive or walk. We've done both. It's a great walk if you are in good shape as it is all up hill-steep. If you you visit in the summer and decide to walk do it in the early morning as... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If the kids aren't big enough to hike up the trail you'll have to bring a carrier but the hike is easy and the views are incredible.

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Bend, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Pilot Butte has two path - a paved road and beaten path. The road is easier but still a challenge to hike. It can also be use to drive up if your goal is to just go to the top and look over the city of Bend. The Path is more challenging and runs along the outside of the Butte.... More 

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Bend
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

From the top of the butte you can see everything. It is about a 20 minute walk from the parking lot. It is still FREE. Everyone dose this from age 2 to 92. There are signs with bits of history and on a clear day, you can even see Mt Hood, about 90 miles away.

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Sisters, Oregon
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76 reviews 76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

What a place to go to get a view of the surrounding countryside! It is a perfect 360 degree vista spot in Bend. Snow capped mountains, desert, extinct volcanos, junipers galore! Just wait until they shoot fireworks from the top! The most exciting part of the fireworks is the brush fire that usually starts somewhere on the butte!

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Bend, Oregon
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77 reviews 77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The thing I like about Pilot Butte is The Top! Drive up there and get an insane view! Walk up there and get an insane workout! Kids on hand? Yeah, they'll get a workout worth of a great afternoon nap! Don't forget the park at the base of The Butte!

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washington state
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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We walked up Pilot Butte this month in unseasonably warm weather. No snow! The road was closed to vehicles for winter, but the trek up the butte was invigorating and the the view from the top can't be beat. This is a highlight of any trip to Bend. On the Fourth of July the Butte is the center point for... More 

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Girdwood, Alaska
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66 reviews 66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Pilot Butte is a great little hike. It is very doable for all ages and fitness levels. The trail is very nice most of the way up. Near the top you just walk on the road... but drivers yield to hikers. I went with a friend and we took turns pushing the stroller, and had no problems. The view from... More 

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