trail running
11 days ago

An easy hike or short trail run, even with the 5 flights of stairs on the return trip. Go early and avoid getting eaten.

Great trail, beautiful hike, & a nice place to hang out and relax.

Easy, beautiful hike!

It pretty. Very easy and worth the time.

Let but of climbing around at the end is awesome!

What a great hike to start 2018. Did this mid February and very unseasonably warm temps in the upper 60's. A fairly easy out and back trek. Great views. Even saw Twin Pillars to the North. A beautiful hike in the Ochocos

Really neat trail, perfect quick hike with an amazing view. There are some fun boulders to climb on if you're feeling adventurous at the pillar.

6 months ago

Very nice view. The pillar is so unique. The hiking is nice here. There are backpack camping spots.

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11 months ago

Awesome views overlooking the wilderness on the hike and great scenery all around. Came back to it for the first trail I ever ran, the hills and valleys make for a nice steep run too.

Monday, July 17, 2017

I hiked this trail about 1.5 months ago and it was beautiful. My only issue was the need for more water. Nice scenery and a decently maintained trail.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Every step of this hike was beautiful! Worth the drive in you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, June 04, 2017


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

beautiful day. good hike and gorgeous views

Friday, April 21, 2017

What a beautiful day! Awesome scenery as well.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Neat quick little trail take you though beautiful ponderosa pine and old juniper forest. It's easy to overlook the last leg of the trail that takes you to the base of the rock, probably also the most strenuous part of the hike but so worth it!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Excellent afternoon hike, dogs loved it, few patches of snow on trail, but no problem.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Just hiked this again 2 weeks ago. There was a recent wind storm, lots of trees down all over. Awesome weather and small patches of snow, here and there.. awesome as usual

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Due to lack of info just sharing what I found. I have not completed this hike yet.
This is a scenic ride over rolling terrain through juniper and pine forests and openings between Harvey Gap and Forest Road 3380. The north end of the trail is accessible from the Wildcat Campground by a long (5 mile), uphill climb on a good gravel road to Harvey Gap. The trail is wide and there is the possibility of meeting an ATV, motorcycle, or horse. This eight-mile trail is classified as "more difficult" because of a series of short, rough, steep sections. The return trip to Wildcat Campground is a steep (5 mile), downhill ride on a secondary gravel road (Forest Road 3380) to the intersection with Forest Road 33, then north for 5 miles back to Wildcat.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Stein's Pillar is a 350 foot tall, 120 foot wide pillar of rock. There are many examples of this type of pillar in Central Oregon but this one in particular was caused when avalanches of hot ash, volcanic dust and pumice flowed into this valley, followed by a long period of erosion that carved it out of the landscape. It is named for the discoverer, who found it in the 1860s. His name, Major Enoch Steen, was misspelled so often as 'Stein' that eventually it stuck. Moving on from the history bit, this is cool hike, passing through some burned areas. This area is plagued by fires due to dryness and lightning strikes. Last summer, the entire forest was closed due to wildfires. But the evidence of past fires has caused an interesting landscape of burned chunks of wood and dead snags, along with all the greenery. Quite a few wildflowers were blooming, which is always a bonus, too. And on a clear day, one can see the Cascades from 100 miles away. Once you reach the Pillar, climb into the grotto-like entrance on the right-hand side of it for views north into the Mill Creek Wilderness. The dog really enjoyed this hike, too, but be aware that there is as much ascent on the way back as there is on the way in. Tip: make sure you continue a mile down Mill Creek Road before turning off onto Road 500 for the climb to the trailhead. There is a viewpoint of the Pillar and an interpretive sign board.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A really neat trail for anyone who loves geological oddities, or for fitness hikers. This out-and-back travels 2.3 miles through thin forest, arriving at a beautiful viewpoint of Steins Pillar, and then descends rapidly (mostly on stairs) for a final 0.3 miles to the base on the pillar. The altitude peak of the trail is in the middle, so there are two sturdy climbs involved. Lots of opportunities for great views, so bring a camera. Expect to see very few other hikers; it's probable you'll have the trail to yourself. About a 30 minute drive from Prineville, including a rough 2 miles off of Mill Creek Rd to the trailhead.

The trail is pretty well-maintained, with a couple fallen trees that will have to be hopped over. Make sure you divert left at the halfway point to the viewpoint for some pictures before returning to the trail (there is relatively new signage at this fork). And when the trail is done and you return to Mill Creek Rd., take a right turn and follow signs to the official viewpoint for the best view of the pillar. Do the trail early in the day as there is high tree cover to the west, and allow 2.5 hours for the total hike.

A great, exhilirating hike with plenty of views and a landmark that all Central Oregonians should see.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Nice hike to the pillars. We went on a beautiful sunny day but there were pockets of snow, mud and ice along the way. The drive up to the trailhead was adventurous as there were spots of deep snow on the narrow road. Well worth the hike to the end. Beautiful views.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hiked this lovely trail a few times with 13yr old son, two german shepherds, myself and husband. We've hiked this in the wet spring, early summer and even in the winter with snow. Trail can be sketchy in the snow or mud in a couple of areas, but definitely doable. Easy enough elevation gains, and some really beautiful areas. Once you get to the initial pillar, there is an area you can have lunch "in" the rock, and though we have not, some folks do camp overnight. In three trips we have seen one couple with their dog one time, and heard a small group another time. Not highly traveled.

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