Pike Creek Trail
Burns District | OR
Season Dates: 1/1 - 12/31
If snow and rain prevent you from getting up to the north, south, and west sides of Steens Mountain, head to the east side where access is year-round. The trail begins near a juniper tree growing out of a rock - see 'directions' for the specific location. The Pike Creek Trail follows a very old jeep road for one mile and becomes a walking trail for another mile before petering out. Experienced trekkers can pick up the trail again further ahead where it eventually leads to a neat, established campsite. There are two creek crossings which can be difficult to pass in early spring and after summer thunderstorms. Destinations along this trail include an old cabin, an old mine and the upper Pike Creek drainages. Look for deer, cougar and the ever elusive bighorn sheep along this trail. NOTE: Portions of the land in the Pike Creek drainage are private property, includng the parking area near the trailhead. The public use of private land is a privilege. Please respect private property and landowners throughout your travels.
From Burns, take Highway 78 east for approximately 72 miles (through the towns of Crane and Princeton) to the junction of Highway 78 and East Steens Road (also known as "Folly Farm" road). Turn right on the East Steens Road and travel approximately 35 miles south. Here you will find a road off to the right (west). Head west towards Steens Mountain on this dirt road for about one mile and look for the juniper tree growing out of a rock. Park here and close by you'll notice where the trail begins. NOTE: While traveling south on the East Steens Road, if you reach Alvord Hot Springs, you've gone too far. The Pike Creek Trail access road is about 1.5 miles north of Alvord Hot Springs by way of the East Steens Road.