Big Indian Gorge

Burns, Oregon 97720

Big Indian Gorge

Big Indian Gorge Professional Review and Guide

"The most visually stunning of the accessible gorges in the Steens Mountain area. Home to a wonderful campsite among cottonwood trees. Longer option to headwall.

The gorges of the Steens Mountain region are among its most defining characteristics. Carved by snow and glaciers, these massive chasms are 2,000 feet deep and over time have become incubators for trees, wildlife, and even a few small trout. Big Indian is the most impressive of the accessible gorges and popular among hikers, backpackers, and equestrians. Those seeking an easy day hike often stop at a large rock that provides an impressive view into the canyon, while backpackers head for Cottonwood Camp.

Adventure seekers occasionally travel all the way to the canyon’s headwall, where hidden waterfalls can be found. Some even scramble 2,000 feet up the headwall cliffs into Wildhorse Lake basin."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,660 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-9 hours
BLM Burns District Office: (541) 573-4400; Frenchglen Historic Hotel: (541) 493-2825
Local Contacts
USGS Fish Lake; BLM Burns District (south); Steens High Desert Country
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Jul 2018