Steens Summit Trail
Burns District | OR
Season Dates: 7/5 - 10/20
The Steens Summit Trail is a short hike that allows easy acceess to the summit of the 8th highest mountain in Oregon - Steens Mountain - at 9,733'. Park at the end of the Wildhorse Lake Overlook Road, hike past the gate and follow the closed run up to a sutnning, 360 degree view of Steens Mountain and the surrounding countryside. If you're lucky enough to be up there on a clear day, you can spy 3 other states and Mount Shasta - almost 200 miles away! Don't let the short distance of the hike fool you...air is a little thin at this altitude!
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. Just past Frenchglen, turn left onto the Steens Mountain Loop Road. Travel approximately 25 miles on the Loop Road before coming to a 3 way road junction affectionally know as 'the Turkey Foot.' At the Turkey Foot, STAY STRAIGHT to head to the Steens Summit Trailhead parking, about 2 miles ahead. [A left turn at the Turkey Foot will take you to the East Rim Overlook a right turn at the Turkey Foot will continue along the Steens Loop Road toward South Steens Campground.]