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Best trails in Steens Mountain Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Steens Mountain Wilderness, Oregon? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, views 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 25.6 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
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 laShow more
#2 - Big Indian Gorge Trail
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 16.9 mi • Est. 8 h 13 m
Big Indian Gorge Trail is a 16.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Frenchglen, Oregon that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, Show more
#3 - Pike Creek Canyon Trail
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
Pike Creek Canyon Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fields, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking. DogsShow more
#4 - Big Indian Gorge Trail to Little Blitzen Loop
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 25.6 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 Show more
#5 - Steens Mountain Summit
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 30 m
Steens Mountain Summit is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Princeton, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primariShow 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 overniShow more
#7 - Kiger Gorge Overlook
Steens Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 5 m
Kiger Gorge Overlook is a 0.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Diamond, Oregon that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking.Show more