The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will open the gate for vehicle access to the Pilot Butte summit on Saturday — but at 10 a.m., two hours later than in the past, so the many morning walkers have time to avoid any vehicle conflicts.
The gate will open at about 10 a.m. each day throughout the season, weather and road conditions permitting.
The 10 a.m. opening is a trial to see how it affects usage of the butte, officials said.
“We are trying the later opening time to accommodate walkers who wish to use the butte before vehicles are present,” said Kristen
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The gate closure time is still 8 p.m., but is subject to change as the days get longer.
“There is heavy pedestrian traffic along the summit road,” said Park Manager Chris Gerdes. “We’d like to remind drivers to please obey the posted 20 mph speed limit, and be careful as they drive around the blind curves. Pedestrians should use either the walking path on the outer edge of the road or the nature trail.”
For changes in activity or possible closures, check www.oregonstateparks.org, search for Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, and click the “Advisory” header.
All vehicles must leave the summit and summit road by the gate closure time. The summit road closes each winter, but the eastside parking area remains open, allowing year-round access to the butte’s hiking trails.