Ascent of Steens Mountain on 2016-06-26

Climber: Austin D. Smith

Others in Party:Mark Smith
Amber Smith
Brenda Smith
Doug McGinnis
McGinnis family
Date:Sunday, June 26, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Steens Mountain
    Elevation:9733 ft / 2966 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were staying in burns on our way down to Nevada and Utah. We were going to drive right past the steens mountain loop road. This was perfect since we have wanted to do this for awhile. The steens loop road to the top was open and clear as of last week. At the 3 way junction on the loop road, take the middle road to the top (it's fairly obvious as it just leads to the top of the cell towers). We had a 4wd suburban and we're unwilling to drive the last 1/2 mile to the summit. Its steep and rugged. Plus it's kinda lame to just drive to the top of steens peak in all its significance! There is a sign that says steens summit road and places to park. Its an easy 1/2 mile hike up the road to the top. Great views of the flats and surrounding areas.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:213 ft / 64 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Steens Summit Trail
    Trailhead:Steens Summit Trailhead  9520 ft / 2901 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:13 Minutes

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