Big Indian Gorge Trail
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The Big Indian Gorge Trail begins at the back of South Steens Campground. The hike is 8 miles to the headwall of the gorge and passes through numerous meadows and cottonwood and aspen groves. Along the way, you will make 3 stream crossings which can be difficult or impassable at times in the spring and early summer. Use caution! The trail is easy to follow for the first 7 miles and then it fades away and becomes a cross-country hike. During your journey, you’ll be amazed at the size of this classic U-shaped, glacially carved gorge, the wildflowers in spring and summer, and the waterfalls tumbling out of the headwall. Many beautiful, existing primitive campsites beckon the overnighter.
Elevation Gain / Loss: 1800 feet
Trail Length: 8 miles (one way)
Facility Type: Hiking
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A related Trip Idea
Perched on Wildhorse Lake Overlook at the top of Steens Mountain, I found myself wondering why, exactly, I should bother hiking down the incredibly steep, rocky trail extending from our feet to the sparkling blue lake below.