Steins Pillar Trail

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Steins Pillar Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Prineville, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
895 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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2 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.

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.

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4 months ago

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

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5 months ago

beautiful day. good hike and gorgeous views

6 months ago

What a beautiful day! Awesome scenery as well.

6 months ago

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!

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7 months ago

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

Monday, July 11, 2016

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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

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

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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.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015