• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Forest
Romantic
Scenic

Beautiful viewpoint of Deschutes National Forest. View of Mount Bachelor and three Sisters. 1.5 mile hike roundtrip. 500 foot elevation gain. Easy Access.

Just a mere 15 minutes outside of Bend, Oregon the Bessie Butte Trail is a wonderfully scenic hike to overlook Bend on one side and the Deschutes National Forest on the other. The butte provides an excellent view of the surrounding mountains of which there are many: Mount Bachelor, The South Sister, The Middle Sister, The North Sister, Mount Hood, and in the distance, Mount Adams. Be aware that the more distant mountains such as Hood and Adams may not be as visible in not so clear skies.

Be prepared for dropping temperatures and high winds, the butte itself rises 500 feet above the valley floor and the wind is chilling in the cooler months.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Windbreaker (ITS WINDY)
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Really easy to get to. Park your car right at the trail head. The trail is really well marked and easy to follow. The views at the top are totally worth it. Seems like a spot only the locals know about since there were only a few people there.

28 days ago
28 days ago

Roark Nelson

I enjoy shooting the things I know, and for most of my life that has been the outdoors. I hope you enjoy photo work.

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