USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory, Vancouver, Washington
Pilot Butte Cinder Cone, Oregon
Pilot Butte, located north of Bend, Oregon, as seen from Highway 97.
USGS Photograph taken on October 1, 1984, by Lyn Topinka.
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Oregon State Parks Website, 2002
Come and explore an old
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.
Black Butte and
are some of the highlights. Bring something
to quench your thirst after the climb; there's no drinking
water at the park.
Bend Chamber of Commerce Pamphlet, 1984, Points of Interest - Bend, Oregon:
Bend Chamber of Commerce, Bend, Oregon
at the east city limits at Bend. Visible from its easily
accessible top are the
snow peaks of the
(listed from the north):
Mount Hood, 11,235 feet;
Mount Jefferson, 10,495 feet;
Three-Fingered Jack, 7,848 feet;
Mount Washington, 7,802 feet;
North Sister, 10,094 feet;
Middle Sister, 10,053 feet;
South Sister, 10,354 feet;
Broken Top, 9, 165 feet; and
Mount Bachelor Ski Resort Area, 9,600 feet.
Central Oregon Visitors Association Website, October 2000
The perfectly symmetrical cinder cone that dominates Bend
is a fine example of the region's geological past offering
itself to the present day.
Pilot Butte has served as a
distinctive landmark since the region was inhabited by
aboriginal tribes. Today,
Pilot Butte State Park presents a
picture-perfect panorama of snow-capped Cascade peaks.
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