Max slope angle
15-30 Degrees
Vertical descent
750.00 ft (228.60 m)
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
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Vista Butte is a great option for beginner to intermediate backcountry skiers and snowboarders. The route is entirely off trail with limited views to keep you oriented, so it is important to be familiar with map and compass or GPS unit while you are on this adventure. The easiest ascent follows the western ridge to the summit. All aspects are skiable from the summit, but the eastern face is often the most desirable. From the summit, a southwest descent holds a consistent gradient and drops you onto the snowmobile trail. Use caution as people often drive snowmobiles at high sped along this stretch. However, on a slow day it is nice to use the trail to return to the Vista Butte Sno-Park.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)


Close proximity to Bend. Away from crowds. Great views.


Limited parking.

Trailhead Elevation

5,900.00 ft (1,798.32 m)



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