Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint

  General Advisory 12/02/16
Pilot Butte summit road gate is now closed for the winter. The road will remain closed to public vehicle traffic until spring 2017. The summit road closes to vehicles each winter, due to poor driving conditions, but the east side parking area remains open, allowing year-round access to the butte’s hiking trails.
Symbols represent major park features and activities.  Blue icons mean some or all are ADA accessible.

Major Park Features:
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Viewpoint (ADA)
  • Playground (ADA)
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Vault Toilets (ADA)
  • Open Year Round

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.