Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint

Near Bend, Oregon, United States

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.

There is year-round access from the east side parking lot to all trails and the summit.

The summit road for driving access is seasonal and open April 15 through November 1 (winter weather conditions may impact these dates).

View our park brochure and map.

Effective Apr 11, 2022 – May 26, 2022
The Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint summit road is being repaved.  The summit, road, and Summit Road Trail will be closed to the public during construction.  The completion date is delayed until 6/3/22.  The Pilot Butte Nature Trail,  Base Trail, and the east side parking area will remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.  
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-388-6055
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The land was given to the state in 1927 in memory of Terrence Hardington Foley, by his Bend business associates. Additional tracts were purchased in 1941. A prominent topographic feature, Pilot Butte was a landmark that guided wagon train immigrants who sought a safe crossing of the Deschutes River.

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