Big Indian Gorge Trail
Burns District | OR
Season Dates: 6/1 - 11/15
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.
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 ‘P’ 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.