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RedwicIn The Dark  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2013

Redwic

The drive from Granite Peak (NV) to Steens Mountain was a long, boring one. Gas prices in northern Nevada were ridiculous. This was an easy CoHP to get, though. Lightning lit up the eastern Oregon sky during the night.
Posted Sep 5, 2013 4:12 pm

mountainhareVia Bicycle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2011

mountainhare

I took my bicycle and (mostly) rode from Jackman Park to the summit gate, then walked from there. The jewels of this mountain are the gorges... those were unreal sights.
Posted Jan 9, 2013 6:56 pm

joseyinnetQuick drive  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2012

joseyinnet

Headed through Frenchglen, so figured I might as well do the hour and a half detour up to the top. Pretty cold at the top and couldn't see much due to the smoke, but a nice mountain nonetheless.
Posted Oct 9, 2012 12:16 am

Paul McClellanMore Construction  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012

Paul McClellan

A short walk from the Wildhorse Lake TH parking. I saw 11 large propane tanks installed, and more foundation construction underway. Would be interested to learn what is operating up there.
Posted Sep 20, 2012 12:38 am

Nick TurturaDrive up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2011

Nick Turtura

Why not. Kids in the car 6hrs there 6hrs back 6min on top.
Posted Jun 4, 2012 11:55 pm

Troy BSunset on Steens Mtn  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2010

Troy B

Watched the sunset and the moon rise from the summit. The end of a very long but amazing day.
Posted Sep 25, 2010 12:04 pm

DrunkcaballoSummer 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

Drunkcaballo

Date is Approximate. Rode my mountain bike until I hit a snowfield to the summit and got off and went from there.
Posted Oct 15, 2008 12:05 am

gregliefEasy summit to bag!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2007

greglief

Absolutely beautiful, especially Whitehorse Lake!
Posted Sep 13, 2008 12:00 pm

cmc56789Harney Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008

cmc56789

Drove most of the way with Jen and Dosha for this one while staying at Malheur Field Station to escape the Fourth of July madness back in the big city. Great views from the ridgetop viewpoints. It was nice to see some familiar SP names in the log at the top. We were treated to the sight of three coyote pups on the return towards Frenchglen
Posted Jul 7, 2008 3:24 am

cjwhatDirt road route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2007

cjwhat

Hiked the 1/2 mile dirt road in a party of four. Route in good condition.
Posted Aug 4, 2007 10:12 am

Dennis PoulinDrive Up!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007

Dennis Poulin

This is a great area. This is the second time to the summit for me. My wife accompanied me this time.
Posted Jul 15, 2007 9:59 pm

calebEOCUp the easy way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006

calebEOC

My dad and uncle were headed down to Fields where they grew up for a daytrip, so I tagged along and managed to talk them into swinging up on the ridgeline so I could finally get a load of the view from the top of the Steens. It was really smoky out from all the range fires going on (big hollow road into Fields was a blackended wasteland). Despite the smoke, the viewpoints were really cool, I am definitely coming back here on my own terms to do some hiking and climbing. My dad did the half mile walk up to the summit with me, always like to have him join me for these sorts of adventures.
Posted Sep 4, 2006 8:34 pm

bmcnary1Route Climbed: half mile hike from road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2006

bmcnary1

Very interesting place with awesome view of the Alvord Desert. The glacial valleys are sweet.
Posted Jul 15, 2006 2:22 am

markmayOvernight at Wild Horse Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2004

markmay

Antleope and Wild Horses were beautiful. The the alpine/riparian habitat is very interesting ...amazing desolation to the east with some sulphry hotsprings and dried lake beds.
Posted Jun 25, 2006 2:07 am

KateRoute Climbed: Roads  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 1998

Kate

Ran it as a Steens Mtn camper... amazing view of the Alvord, and the gorges are spectacular. Definitely a lung burner, but worth every wheeze!
Posted Apr 27, 2006 5:41 pm

Infected MushroomRoute Climbed: Mtn loop road Date Climbed: August 2003

Infected Mushroom

Drove most of the way then hiked to the summit. Went on a four day backpacking adventure through one of the cool steens mtn gorges. Alvord desert is a good place to drive your car at unreasonable speeds.
Posted Mar 31, 2006 4:35 am

wolfDate Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!
Steens moutain looks like a giant ramp with the verticle side to the east. Continuing eastward is the Alvord desert which is a a hard pan playa and a neat place to explore. It is also Oregon's only true desert, recieving less than 7 inches of preip. per year. Steens is a nice place to hike around, there are some refreshing aspen groves and some areas that even sport mountain mahogony. Take plenty of water!!! The top affords a view down into Keiger george which is the textbook example of a glacier carved george. Accross the george is a double cirque which looks really out-of-place in the semi-arid grassslands. I have met some of the local landowners and they are usually OK for hikers to explore their land if you ask permission.
Posted Feb 26, 2004 12:29 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 30, 2003  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

Dean said it all.
Posted Feb 16, 2004 1:18 am

Mugger78Date Climbed: Summer 1995

Mugger78

I do not recall if we made it to the summit or not. This is an incredable place. We loved the views.
Posted Oct 11, 2003 1:48 pm

DeanRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2003  Sucess!

Dean

rfbolton and I drove down from Washington and stayed at Page Springs campground near Frenchglen on Friday night. We were interested in doing Steen's as it represents the highpoint of Harney County. We did the loop and wouldn't recommend the southern route. Frenchglen has a neat little hotel that serves a good breakfast. We saw lots of bow hunters out and about.
Posted Sep 17, 2003 7:09 pm

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