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Steens Mountain Summit, OR

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,510 feet
Elevation Gain 169 feet
Avg Time One Way 15 min
Kokopelli Seeds 1.06
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Preferred   May, Jun, Sep, Oct → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:37am - 5:59pm
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-1,011 ft
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High Desert Trail
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Kiger Gorge Overlook
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Pike Creek Canyon Trail
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Big Indian Gorge Trail
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Overview
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.

Warning
It is advised to stay off the summit if there’s a chance of lightning strikes.


History
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.

The Hike
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.

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    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

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    Directions
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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Frenchglen, Oregon:

    Take OR-205 South. Turn left onto Steens Mountain Loop Road. Drive approximately 27 miles. Follow signs to Wildhorse Lake.
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