Wildhorse Lake

Burns, Oregon

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Everything about Wildhorse Lake and the Steens Mountain summit is spectacular, starting with the drive to the trailhead. Although this chapter focuses on Wildhorse Lake, make sure to visit the mountain’s 9,733-foot summit. The trail to Wildhorse Lake begins at a mountaintop parking area and heads downhill on an old road to an overlook of almost unbelievable beauty. The lake shimmers in a multicolored basin with massive, jagged cliffs dropping thousands of feet onto the desert floor just beyond the lake. The real hike begins at that overlook. A trail skirts the edge of the rock face and zigzags down into the basin. There are two sets of very steep switchbacks. Gradually the trail becomes easier and follows a small creek into a basin blossoming with wildflowers in colors of orange, yellow, purple, and blue. The rocks and meadows make nice places to explore. The surrounding cliffs feature no lack of wonderful nooks and crannies.
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by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)

Everything about Wildhorse Lake and the Steens Mountain summit is spectacular, starting with the drive to the trailhead. Although this chapter focuses on Wildhorse Lake, make sure to visit the mountain’s 9,733-foot summit.

The trail to Wildhorse Lake begins at a mountaintop parking area and heads downhill on an old road to an overlook of almost unbelievable beauty. The lake shimmers in a multicolored basin with massive, jagged cliffs dropping thousands of feet onto the desert floor just beyond the lake.

The real hike begins at that overlook. A trail skirts the edge of the rock face and zigzags down into the basin. There are two sets of very steep switchbacks. Gradually the trail becomes easier and follows a small creek into a basin blossoming with wildflowers in colors of orange, yellow, purple, and blue. The rocks and meadows make nice places to explore. The surrounding cliffs feature no lack of wonderful nooks and crannies.

© 2017 Adam Sawyer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Burns
Distance: 2.6
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: BLM Burns Office: (541) 573-4400; Frenchglen Historic Hotel: (541) 493-2825
Local Maps: USGS Wildhorse Lake; BLM Burns District (south); Steens High Desert Country
Driving Directions: Directions to Wildhorse Lake

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