Best trails in Steens Mountain Wilderness, Oregon

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Looking for a great trail in Steens Mountain Wilderness, Oregon? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Steens Mountain Wilderness ranging from 5.6 to 25.2 miles and from 4,284 to 9,560 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Steens Mountain located in Oregon's high desert is one of the crown jewels of the state's wildlands. It is some of the wildest and most remote land left in Oregon. Of the Wilderness acres designated by the public law that created this area, 98,859 acres are "cow-free", meaning that no grazing will be permitted.

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Map of trails in Steens Mountain Wilderness, Oregon
Park information
Acreage:
170,201 acres
Contact
541-573-4400
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Top trails (7)
#1 - Wildhorse Lake Trail from Steens Summit Road
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
NOTE: it is reported that this hike may close intermittently. Please check with the park before visiting. Rough, remote, and beautiful. Alpacas, llamas and horses are an occasional site. Also, the last two Tuesdays of July, don't be surprised at the sight of a couple hundred runners. The trail is steep and at high elevation, so expect to need to stop for breathers if you're not used to either. However, the views make it all worth it. It's not a long trail, is well defined and easy to follow. As you get closer to the lake, you realize the magnitude of your surroundings. This area is so special and otherworldly. It can be windy and cold at any time of year, and snows annually, so prepare for adverse weather conditions no matter the time of year.Show more
#2 - Big Indian Gorge Trail
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 16.9 mi • Est. 8 h 13 m
#3 - Pike Creek Canyon Trail
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
For $10 to the office at Alvord Hot Springs, you can drive 0.75 miles into this trail where there are drive in campsites (for an additional fee) and a parking area.Show more
#4 - Steens Mountain Summit
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 30 m
#5 - Big Indian Gorge Trail to Little Blitzen Loop
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 25.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
Fantastic loop trail that combines Big Indian Gorge to Little Blitzen. You have to climb OUT of the canyon at the end of Big Indian. No small task! Recommend a 3 day, 2 night trip. Take a look at Big Indian Gorge for more reviews. Definitely involves bushwacking and some navigation skills when climbing the rock wall!Show more
#6 - Little Blitzen Gorge Trail
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 19 mi • Est. 9 h 31 m
This alpine hike along the Little Blitzen River gorge is a beautiful day trip for those who are feeling ambitious, up for some serious mileage, and get an early start. It can also be done as an overnighter with a stay at 4-Mile Camp. Tons of wildflowers, and a waterfall view at the end.Show more
#7 - Kiger Gorge Overlook
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 5 m