Pike Creek Canyon

Princeton, Oregon 97721

Pike Creek Canyon

Pike Creek Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A narrow, multicolored canyon in the sheer eastern face of Steens Mountain. A stunning drive to the trailhead. Half the fun of exploring this rich and brightly colored canyon is simply finding it. Unlike the trails to Big Indian and Little Blitzen Gorges, this trail begins near the vast Alvord Desert and knifes into the mountain’s sheer eastern face.

The hike is not only remote but is also narrow, rocky, and steep. But don’t let that discourage you—the trail is surprisingly well maintained. This area is popular among hunters September through November at the campsites along the east face."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Douglas Lorain
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"The rugged east face of Steens Mountain makes a precipitous, 5000-foot drop from alpine tundra to stark desert playa in just a few miles as the golden eagle flies. On a spring day, when the mountain is still covered with snow, looking up to those cliffs is one of the most dramatic sights in Oregon. Even better for avid pedestrians, this great wall is broken by several rugged canyons that invite exploration on foot. The most accessible of these is Pike Creek Canyon, which features a good trail and some of the most dramatic scenery in Oregon." Read more
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Chris Van Tilburg
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"The beauty of Pike Creek, and the east side of Steens Mountain escarpment, is that this is one of the most remote corners of Oregon." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,180 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best May-Nov
Hunting, Camping
Additional Use
Burns District Office: (541) 573-4400; Frenchglen Historic Hotel: (541) 493-2825
Local Contacts
USGS Wildhorse Lake; BLM Burns District (south); Steens High Desert Country
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018