Steins Pillar Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately 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.

Length3.8 miElevation gain770 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsRock climbingRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Ernesto Luna
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A little icy in parts but a great hike there and back.

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john sweat
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Hiking

Beautiful short hike, well maintained. Steins Pillar is incredible. A nice way to end the year.

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Austin James
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It is a nice, well marked trail that gently winds through the pines, firs, mountain mahoganies, and occasional juniper trees. I walked it on 12/12/2020 in 2 inches of snow. Ran across a pretty fresh cougar track in the snow. I never saw the cougar though. Others have mentioned that it is a one way road, but there are pullouts to pass other vehicles. The trail was slippery in spots due to ice, but it was mid-December and snowy.

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shannon hettinga
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So pretty! A little packed ice so traction shoes recommended. The one way 2mile bumpy road up the mountain was a little intimidating.

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Shawn Bussard
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Spectacular short easy hike!

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Casey Fast
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Well maintained trail. Gentle grade through ponderosa pine. Four flights of stairs going down to the pillar's base: 27 steps, 20 steps, 19 steps and 17.

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Samantha Devenport
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The trail was nice and maintained. Cool view of the pillar. Directions for the trailhead parking were somewat unclear. Mainly a one way road 2 miles up the mountain so we thought it would ve a loop. Guess you have to hope another car isn't coming. We only saw two other groups the whole trail.

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Jason Ford
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Great hike. Some up, some down. Some shade, some sun. Excellent views. Never saw another soul. No bugs.

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beau biondello
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Wow, didn’t expect that...

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Courtney Anderson
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Great hike, perfect for a little get away with the dog. Narrow trail so sometimes it was hard to shimmy past people but that’s my only complaint!

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Mel Glock
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Apple map directions are wrong. Turn off is before you see the pillar viewpoint on the right. There’s a sign set back from the road. Nice flowers out - penstemon, lupine, balsam root, delphiniums and more.

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Michelle L
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Great trail with diverse terrain and relatively easy. There are three sets of steps as you approach the pillar and there are some steep areas. The wildflowers and diversity of tree species are gorgeous.

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Megan McCabe
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So fun! Beautiful views, nice time to take a walk!

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Courtney Jett
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Trail mostly great, only one icy steep stretch, and a few muddy steeps. Road also mostly great, to TH, though I probably shouldn’t have taken Prius on it, some muddy patches. Lots of sapsuckers drumming. Pair of Peregrine Falcons copulated atop a pillar. Pair of Pileated Woodpeckers at TH. Overall not very birdy though.

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Laloni Christenson
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Road is excellent right now. Loved everything about this trail.

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Meagan Kelly
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Great trail. A moderate hike with some nice incline. Doable for your average hiker for sure. The GPS tried to take me on a different route so watch for that! And the road to the trailhead is a mess but the hike itself.... beautiful.

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robby petrich
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HikingClosed

Beautiful trail. The extra 4 miles racked on from the trailhead road being closed worked off all my beers last night! Steins Pillar is eerie and beautiful. Truly amazing to behold.

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Audrey Ross
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This road to the trailhead is temporarily closed

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Zoe VanderHoek
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Moderate hike but definitely has hills. Very doable for the average hiker. Beautiful views and a quiet trail.

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Christina Tsutsui-Tharp
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This was a good moderate trail. GPS was taking us the wrong way so definitely watch out for that. The drive up is gravel and very bumpy, wouldn't recommend taking a low vehicle. Great views. We started around 840 and finished the hike around 1030, we did climb some rocks and relax a bit at the top before coming back down. Didnt have any issues with bugs.

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Kelsey Perrigo
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Gorgeous hike!

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Jennifer Edmonds Greaves
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Only downside was a wasp nest in a rock the kids were climbing...

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Mike Ajifu
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awesome. its short and easy. trail is well defined. you can see the sisters mtn on a clear day. be sure to climb the rock outcrop across from the butte.

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Dee Zinn
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Hiking

Great trail! stunning views. For me it was a good challenge.

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Ruby Hall
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Awesome hike! No complaints (:

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Richard Dyer
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Very nice trail, close to town, I only met people on the road out.

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Jennell Bisenius
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Hiking

My other half and I hiked this last Saturday 5/18. It was gorgeous! This hike was pretty easy and we had a great time! Only saw a couple other groups of people. We basically had the trail to ourselves. I would recommend this hike to anyone who wants to see gorgeous views and get a decent little workout in all while having some fun.

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Brittany Haver
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Great trail for an east get-away— close to town, 4 miles total, always only pass no more than 2-6 people total, great views of the pillar, pleasant running but with some incline and decline, and lots of pines.

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Delita Cordes
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Hiking

Easy hike would be interesting for kids and plenty of rocks to climb on

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