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.

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25 days ago

...there is a short , steep section of lose rock to begin the climb that will deter some walkers .... but after that relatively easy walking with so much to explore atop Steamboat Rock..... surrounded by stunning views on all sides , plus the rush of inching along the vertical cliffs , this hike is a cant miss ....

Very easy hike, lots of rocks but the incline is short and once your up there it is flat. The view is nice from the top and the hike is fairly short. It isn't a day trip but lucky for you you can do northrup canyon just a few miles down the road too.

Fairly easy hike with incredible views. Would recommend checking it out if you're in the area. Climbing the scree slope at the beginning was the most difficult aspect of the hike, but perfectly manageable for most people even kids. Just be sure to have a good pair of supportive hiking boots as you can easily twist your ankle with the shifting rocks and especially if the rock faces are a little wet.

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9 months 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.

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10 months ago

Fun trail with beautiful view. Bring water and sunscreen

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Monday, June 05, 2017

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.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

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
Monday, May 01, 2017

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.

walking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Love it!

camping
Friday, June 26, 2015

Fun and challenging

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It was an easy and beautiful hike. There is a lot of fallen shingle on the trail but it's easy to walk over. We saw lots of kids and dogs. Recommend swimming in the lake post hike, so refreshing!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The trail is on top of a butte. The beginning is steep and slippery because of shale rock on the trial. Once on top, it is easy with views of the river and surrounding countryside. Great for early hiking.

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