I drove to the top of Pilot Butte on my off-time while in the Bend area on business. You get a great view of the Bend area ... when the clouds permit. And you can't beat the price!
While up there, I could see for many miles thru the clear high desert air. And I could see rain showers in several directions that day. Quite a change from the flat lands back east.
But having seen the butte, I now need to see Lava Butte. It must be quite a site.
To get to Pilot Butte, from the center of Bend, take Rt 20 east. A mile or so east of Rt 97 you will make a left turn to go into the park and up the butte. No trailers are allowed to be driven up the road to the butte ... it's a narrow road.
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