Steins Pillar

Portland, Oregon

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This route takes you through a towering ponderosa pine forest to the base of Steins Pillar—a dramatic rock tower that is a definitive landmark in this area. The route also offers glimpses of the Central Cascade Mountains and the surrounding Ochoco Mountains. This hike offers solitude and scenery and is a great escape for you and your dog in an uncrowded part of the Central Oregon outdoors. Steins Pillar is a fascinating rock formation located in the heart of the Ochoco National Forest in the Ochoco Mountains. The 350-foot pillar is an important geologic remnant of the area’s rich volcanic history. It is thought that this pillar was named after Major Enoch Steen of the US Army. In 1860 he was in charge of a raid against the Snake Indians, and he camped in Mill Creek Valley not far from Steins Pillar.
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by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)

This route takes you through a towering ponderosa pine forest to the base of Steins Pillar—a dramatic rock tower that is a definitive landmark in this area. The route also offers glimpses of the Central Cascade Mountains and the surrounding Ochoco Mountains. This hike offers solitude and scenery and is a great escape for you and your dog in an uncrowded part of the Central Oregon outdoors.

Steins Pillar is a fascinating rock formation located in the heart of the Ochoco National Forest in the Ochoco Mountains. The 350-foot pillar is an important geologic remnant of the area’s rich volcanic history. It is thought that this pillar was named after Major Enoch Steen of the US Army. In 1860 he was in charge of a raid against the Snake Indians, and he camped in Mill Creek Valley not far from Steins Pillar.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Ochoco National Forest, 3160 NE Third St., Prineville; (541) 416-6500; www.fs.usda.gov/main/centraloregon/home
Local Maps: USGS Salt Butte and Steins Pillar
Driving Directions: Directions to Steins Pillar

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