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Ascent of Steens Mountain on 2020-06-22

Climber: Matt Mallet

Date:Monday, June 22, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Steens Mountain
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:9733 ft / 2966 m

Ascent Trip Report

Biked from the South Campground. 82 degrees at the start, but wasn't too bad and cooled a good bit as I ascended. Two hours to make the summit and then biked over to Kiger Overlook to try for North Steens. There was some kind of weather station on the "summit", which appeared to be highest point, but the actual benchmark is at the other end of the summit plateau. Unsuccessful on North Steens, turned around at 7:15 halfway along the ridge because it was getting too late. Riding back to camp in the dark, arrive at 9:30 pm (glad I packed a headlamp, or maybe I would have not even tried this if I didn't have a headlamp;). Great adventure and seeing sunset from Steens with no one else around (gates were closed, so no cars) was pretty awesome.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4146 ft / 1263 m
    Round-Trip Distance:26.6 mi / 42.8 km
    Trailhead:5587 ft / 1702 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Headlamp



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