On the east side of Bend is Pilot Butte. A road spirals its way up to the top of this 511-foot-high volcanic remnant. Locals enjoy a fitness regime of following a trail to the top. You can enjoy a sweeping view of nine snowcapped Cascade peaks and their green forests. It is also pretty at night, with the twinkling lights of the city below and the stars above.
Full moons are especially awesome, illuminating the ghostly forms of the mountains as icy light-blue silhouettes. The scent of juniper and sage adds to the visual splendor.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel