bessiebutteAre you looking for a simple, rewarding hike in the Bend, Oregon area? Why not try the trail up to the top of Bessie Butte? If so, grab your CamelBak, other Hydration Pack or Hydro Flask, check out these hiking tips, and get ready for a beautiful hike!

Bessie Butte located southeast of Bend Oregon, like Pilot Butte in town, is a cinder cone that you can hike, run, or walk for exercise, and some fantastic views of the area. Bessie Butte is part of the Newbury Caldera in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which is located several miles to the south. The trip up Bessie Butte is about a 500 foot climb, and is a fairly easy trip.

There was a wildfire fire in the area in 2003 and 2007, and the area is now pretty much only covered in bushes, so the actual area is not the prettiest area in Central Oregon, however the view from the top of Bessie Butte is beautiful.

Photo Gallery of the Bessie Butte area in Central Oregon

View photo gallery of the hike up Bessie Butte near Bend, Oregon.

The trip up Bessie Butte is about a 1.5 mile round-trip, and you will climb about 500 feet. While not the most challenging hike in the area, it is a fantastic place to see a Central Oregon sunrise or sunset, and it is a good alternative to Pilot Butte, which is located right in the city of Bend.

If you go: From Bend travel south on Highway 97, then take the Knott Road exit and head east. Stay on Knott Road for 1.5 miles until you get to China Hat Road. Make a right onto China Hat Road and drive for about 4.5 miles. Then make a right onto Forest Road 1810 which will be a gravel road. Parking for the Bessie Butte Trail will be on your left and the actual trail will be on your right.

Map of Bessie Butte near Bend, Oregon.