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.
Dean said it all.
I do not recall if we made it to the summit or not. This is an incredable place. We loved the views.
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.
Beautiful hike to the summit!!!
My wife and I did this as on overnighter from South Steens Campground. It's a substantial approach distance (~12 TH to summit) via the SPECTACULAR Big Indian Gorge. Descended via the road (due to time constraint) nice views up at the top, but some nasty dust from tourists passing by in their rattling cars.