Steins Pillar

Portland, Oregon 97086

Steins Pillar

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
350 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Ochoco National Forest, 3160 NE Third St., Prineville; (541) 416-6500;
Local Contacts
USGS Salt Butte and Steins Pillar
Local Maps

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Jul 2018