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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Recreation

Big Indian Gorge Trail

Burns District  |  OR

Season Dates:  6/1 - 11/15

Fees:  none

The Big Indian Gorge Trail begins at the back of South Steens Campground. The hike is 8 miles to the headwall of the gorge and passes through numerous meadows and cottonwood and aspen groves. Along the way, you will make 3 stream crossings which can be difficult or impassable at times in the spring and early summer. Use caution! The trail is easy to follow for the first 7 miles and then it fades away and becomes a cross-country hike. During your journey, you'll be amazed at the size of this classic U-shaped, glacially carved gorge, the wildflowers in spring and summer, and the waterfalls tumbling out of the headwall. Many beautiful, existing primitive campsites beckon the overnighter.

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Addtional Information:

No Motorized Vehicles
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No Mountain Bikes
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Surface
Dirt
Elevation Gain / Loss
1800 feet
Difficulty
Moderate
Trail Length
8 miles (one way)

Activities:

HikingHorse Back RidingCross-Country Skiing

Facilities:

Trails

Directions:

From Burns, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 60 miles to Frenchglen, Oregon. Continue on State Highway 205 through the town of Frenchglen, and up ā€˜Pā€™ Hill. Travel approximately 9 miles, then turn left on the Steens Mountain Loop Road south entrance. The turnoff to South Steens Campground is just over 18 miles from State Highway 205 and the Big Indian Gorge Trail starts out of the back of the campground.

Contact Information

28910 Hwy 20 West
Hines, OR 97738
541-573-4400

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