What to do in Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint

Come and explore an old cinder cone located just east of Bend.

Hike up and around on one of three trails. The trails wind through stands of juniper and sage. All of the trails lead to the summit. Once at the top, get ready for a grand panoramic view of the high desert.

To the west at sunset, the glow of snowcapped Cascade mountains put on a spectacular show. Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Black Butte and Mt. Hood are some of the highlights. Bring something to quench your thirst after the climb; there's no drinking water at the park.

Vital stats: There is no fee to use this park.

Pilot Butte offers opportunities for viewing scenery as well as viewing interpretive signs, and hiking.

Pilot Butte is located in Central Oregon along U.S. Highway 20 in Bend.

Climate in central and eastern Oregon varies greatly depending on elevation. The high elevations receive much more precipitation and colder temperatures. These regions are much more arid and see greater temperature extremes than western Oregon. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April, mostly in the form of snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures can drop well below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Snow remains in the high mountains into early summer. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days, with warm to hot temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures at the higher elevations. Summer afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon.

1115 Commercial Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-1002

Phone: 800-551-6949

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