It’s only a one-mile hike up to the top on the road, a 3/4 mile hike up on the dirt trail, or you can drive up. Pilot Butte is located on the east side of Bend off of Hwy 20 towards Costco. The road is closed during the winter months and usually opens up in March or April. Check out the moon above the sunset!
Pilot Butte is where Bend lights off it’s annual Fireworks celebration on July 4th. It’s a great place for a picnic and to take in the sights of Bend from all directions. On a clear day (and we have many of those!) you can see most of the Cascade Mountain Range. It’s also a great place to watch the sunrise. Grab a cup of coffee from one of our many coffee shacks and hike up the Butte to watch the sunrise. In the late afternoon, take a hike up to watch the sunset – bring a picnic dinner!