Thursday, September 20, 2007
Pilot Butte-Bend, Oregon
One of the most prominent features in Bend is also a state park, with a swirling 1.1 mile roadside trail gaining 500 feet to the top. A large circular platform offers 360 degree views with interpretive signs and mountain and butte identifying markers. Early travelers coming from the east used the butte to "pilot" them to an area where the Deschutes River could be forded.
From 3rd St/Hwy 97 business route in Bend, turn toward Burns on Hwy 20/Greenwood Rd. Look for the State Park sign.