Bend’s Pilot Butte is getting a new master plan (copy)

From left, Maya Hopwood and Sydney Gardner enjoy the afternoon from the roof of their car on the summit of Pilot Butte in Bend Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Cars will be allowed once again to drive the road that leads to the summit of Pilot Butte, which has been closed to drivers for roughly a year and a half.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will open the gate to the road at 10 a.m. Friday.

Pedestrians are being advised to use extra caution, given that cars have not been on this road since November 2019, Park Manager Joe Wanamaker said in a statement.

Typically, the road on Pilot Butte opens mid-April, but last year it remained closed to cars due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Pedestrians have grown accustomed to not having vehicles on the road, so I urge drivers to be alert and drive slowly,” Wanamaker said.

The summit road gate will be open between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily until its seasonal closure on Nov. 1.

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I started riding my bike up during the closure. Such a great vibe with no cars on the road. Better for everyone (with the exception of the disabled) to keep it closed to cars.


It's been great having that gate much more peaceful. State Parks should consider leaving it closed.


Agreed. Much more peaceful and safe, especially for families with little kids. Maybe make and exception for those with disabled tags, but that's it. Certainly the two young women in the photograph could have walked up like everyone else.

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