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Pilot Butte Summit Trail

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Pilot Butte Summit Trail

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  • View looking up Pilot Butte's eastern slope.- Pilot Butte Summit Trail
  • Western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis).- Pilot Butte Summit Trail
  • - Pilot Butte Summit Trail
  • View looking west to Bend and the Cascades.  Left to right: Mount Bachelor (9,068'), Broken Top (9,177'), South Sister (10,358'), Middle Sister (10,047') and North Sister (10,085').- Pilot Butte Summit Trail
  • - Pilot Butte Summit Trail
  • Western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis).- Pilot Butte Summit Trail
  • View south of Newberry National Volcanic Monument.- Pilot Butte Summit Trail
  • The view east, with Powell Butte on the left.- Pilot Butte Summit Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views. Easy access.
Cons: 
Steep trail. Lots of dogs.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
3,630 ft (1,106 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
480 ft (146 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Light rain in the evening.
61°F
38°

Fri

Mostly cloudy throughout the day and breezy until afternoon.
44°F
34°

Sat

Light rain in the morning and windy throughout the day.
56°F
34°

Sun

Windy until afternoon and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
56°F
49°

Mon

Mostly cloudy until evening.
66°F
45°

Tue

Clear throughout the day.
69°F
42°

Wed

Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
64°F
40°
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Whether you are visiting Bend for the first time or you are a longtime local, the short trek up this 480-foot extinct volcanic cinder cone is a must.  In fact, Bend is one of only three cities in the United States with a volcano within its city limits.*  The entire city of Bend visible from the trail, and so is much of Oregon.  From the top, you'll see an impressive panoramic display of the cascade peaks from Mount Hood to Mount Bachelor, Smith Rocks to the north and Newberry National Volcanic Monument to the south.

* The other two are Honolulu, Hawaii and Portland, Oregon.  Almost all of Portland’s east side lies on top of the extinct Boring Lava Field, which has been dormant for roughly 300,000 years.  Numerous landmarks in Portland are actually some of the 30-plus cinder cones that make up the field, including Powell Butte, Mount Tabor, Rocky Butte and Larch Mountain.

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