Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Campground at trailhead. The trail crosses a creek several times for children to play in.
Road access and campground closes in winter conditions.
Need to Know
The campground at the trailhead has restrooms and overnight camping. No parking fee at trailhead.
The trail begins in the grassland hills below Steens Mountain. You'll cross over a few of these hills and have spectacular views of the mountain before you, and the lower desert landscape behind you.
Once you step into the beginnings of the gorge, you'll find a mix of uphill and downhill hiking leading you at first through a dry juniper forest, and then a lush land filled with aspens. There are several creek crossings, which would be a little difficult in the spring, but are easy to rock-hop across in summer and fall.
Canyon walls tower over either side of you as you hike through miles of shimmering aspen and along the sparkling stream. Once a few miles in, you have a clear view of your destination where, at the end of the canyon, the towering walls come together and multiple waterfalls pour down its rocky face during the spring. Summer and fall hikers will miss out on the waterfalls, but the stream will likely always be flowing.
The aspen trees flitter in bright yellows, oranges, and reds in early fall seasons, providing their own beauty in the absence of the falls.
At the end of the trail, there is a single route over the north canyon wall, which backpackers will use to venture to the peak of Steens Mountain, Wildhorse Lake, or the Little Blitzen Gorge Trail
Flora & Fauna
Coyote, deer, antelope, aspen, juniper, trout, bobcat, elk
Shared By: Arthur McMahon