I find it curious that there are only seven photos of Bessie Butte and its panoramic view on Dreamstime - all submitted by me. ...Especially since it is easy to reach, easy to hike, and beautiful to behold once you reach the top.
The extinct cinder cone volcano is five miles southeast of Bend, Oregon. The view is enhanced by the lack of mature trees, the result of the 18 Fire of 2003 that burned 3,810 acres of the Deschutes National Forest to the north of the butte. A 2006 planting of some 10,000 pine seedlings represents hope of reforestation in the years to come.
To get to Bessie Butte, take China Hat Road (Forest Road 18) east off of Highway 97 south of Bend. From the north, you'll have to take Parrell Road south to China Hat Road, or drive farther south to the Knott... [ Read more...