A short hike to the summit of the Steens Mountain offers 360-degree views. On a clear day it is said that you can see Idaho, Nevada, and California as well as Mount Shasta.
It is advised to stay off the summit if there’s a chance of lightning strikes.
Originally called the "Snowy Mountains" by John Work, one of the first European fur traders in the area, Steens Mountain was later renamed for United States Army Major Enoch Steen. Steen fought and drove members of the Paiute tribe off the mountain after abandoning road survey work he was ordered to conduct in the area.
In 2000 the Steens Mountain Wilderness was formed. The 170,200+ acres is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
From the signed trailhead the hike is along an old Jeep road. Initially the trail is somewhat steep, but it quickly levels off to a more gradual climb. Along the way you can see Wildhorse Lake to the southwest. Once on top you can look down onto the Alvord Playa, to the east. There are numerous antennas at the summit. Just ignore them and enjoy the views.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.