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Top trail recommendations from locals

Scenic Viewpoint
“This Butte is a major focal point located in the center of Bend. It's approximately one mile up. You are able to drive or bike it or utilize the footpath to walk up the dirt path. The view will reward your efforts, offering visitors a sweeping 360 panorama of the Cascade Mountain Range, Calderas, Smith Rock and the City of Bend. There is ample parking and a restroom when you reach the top. The center platform has directional and tutorial information about the area. I suggest you stop at the Pilot Butte Drive-in at the bottom of the hill, grab a milkshake and head up in time to watch the sunset behind the mountains. They also display fireworks off the top on the Fourth of July, which can be seen from nearly everywhere in Bend. Open sunrise to sunset during peak tourist season. Closed during the winter months to drive, but you can still hike it. Best photo opportunities are in the mornings when the sun is shining on the mountains or at sunset. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Distance: 1.7 miles out and back Elevation: 4,142 ft. Hike: 480 ft. Parking: On top or at lower base on the East side of butte Pet Friendly”
  • 62 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Wanderlust Tours offers half-day naturalist-guided tours and trips throughout the year. Their knowledgeable and professional guides, in small groups, take you away from the crowds to seek out the quiet of Central Oregon Cascade lakes, rivers, forests, and caves. Highly recommend!”
  • 6 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“It’s a great place to catch a sun set and learn the names of the mountains. Closed to cars in the winter. Great little hike takes about an hour up and down. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
“This park is one of our favorites. They have a couple of great playground structures, and one has a huge slide that runs down the hillside. They also have some fields for lawn games and some great walking/biking trails. There is also a pretty nice skate park there.”
  • 2 locals recommend