SE Face. Approach from Alvord Hot Springs up Wild Horse Canyon to Wild Horse Lake.
I ended up just driving up this thing. very interesting but also very out of the way. the gorges are very impressive
There was bad weather for weeks in WA so Heather and I drove through OR, CA, NV, UT, and ID. We climbed 37 peaks in 19 days and Steens was one of only two peaks we could drive nearly to the top. We really liked this peak for the views despite not having to hike it. We hiked up Strawberry in a rainstorm later that afternoon. trip report
This was the second of three Oregon county highpoints for the day - all of which were 90 to 95 percent jeeping with the last stretch being hiked.
Drove from Frenchglen to both potential HP areas. Drive was easy, hikes were easy. Drove down the south half of the loop in a tiny passenger car. The road was too rough for the car but we were committed to it, and somehow eased our way down to pavement. Got shakes later on in Fields.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why not. Kids in the car 6hrs there 6hrs back 6min on top.
Watched the sunset and the moon rise from the summit. The end of a very long but amazing day.
Date is Approximate. Rode my mountain bike until I hit a snowfield to the summit and got off and went from there.
Absolutely beautiful, especially Whitehorse Lake!
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
Hiked the 1/2 mile dirt road in a party of four. Route in good condition.
This is a great area. This is the second time to the summit for me. My wife accompanied me this time.
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.
Very interesting place with awesome view of the Alvord Desert. The glacial valleys are sweet.
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.
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!