Steamboat Rock State Park is a 3,522-acre camping park with 50,000 feet of freshwater shoreline at the north end of Banks Lake. Dominating the landscape is a columnar, basaltic rock with a surface area of 600 acres. Two campground areas and a large day-use area are on sweeping green lawns, protected from winds by tall dramatic poplars. The surrounding areas are carpeted with wildflowers, adding to the gray-green brush of the Scablands. A sandy swimming area and boat launches make the area a favorite for visitors who enjoy water-play and want respite from the hot, summer sun.

hiking
3 days ago

Lots of loose rocks halfway up the top. My wife was afraid and didn't proceed. Pretty cool on top, massive grassy plain with great views of the lake and surrounding area. Note to self, if it's windy in the campground it's really really windy on the top, you'll probably need a wind breaker.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail with beautiful view. Bring water and sunscreen

hiking
3 months ago

Fun little hike. We took our 6-10 year old kids. The loose rock was a little rough but a fun challenge. Views were amazing. Windy at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

Great day hike with the kids, saw one baby rattler on the trail. Excellent views of Banks lake.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this yesterday. The flowers are beautiful and it was nice and warm! The beginning climb is the challenging part-after that, it levels off and is a nice overland stroll. Great views. I wore shorts and a tank top yesterday and wasn't cold but you may want long sleeves or a jacket. Sun was out for us and 60°. I used hiking boots but trail runners would've worked. No water on top. If you've unsure footing, poles are recommended for the initial screw slope. We saw small children climbing up the path with their parents.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike, but windy at the top. Even a bit chilly once late afternoon hit. I recommend bringing a sweatshirt or jacket. Keep a lookout for the Evil Cacti off trail as these things could really hurt you or a dog.

hiking
6 months ago

There was a trail around the rock and campground but it was sand and hard to walk uphill in for some. There was also a poorly marked trail going up the mountain which is definitely more difficult with loose rocks and lots of loose sand. I made it about 1/4 of the way up and turned back because it got dangerous quickly. I wouldn't make a special trip for the trail but it's got good views of the canyons and lakes around if you're in the area already

Pretty easy hike. Great view of the camp site. Would recommend.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Love it!