In Bend for the day? Don't have time to get out and take advantage of all the surrounding area?
Give Pilot Butte a try!
It's a quick mile each way from the base to the summit, short enough that there's a kiosk showing the trail running times to get to the top. Once you reach the top, there are views of all the Oregon Cascades and the surrounding high desert.
You could hike this in anything - including flipflops - if the weather is good. Take your camera and a water bottle and remember there are bathrooms and water fountains at the top and bottom.
I wish I had looked for Bend trips on Every Trail earlier, but we found this walk anyway. Took the nature trail up and the closed road down. We didn't find any brochures at the kiosk to describe what we were seeing at the numbered markers.Great way to start the day in Bend! Wondering if the road is closed permanently, or just seasonally. Visited on Mar 31, 2011