Steens Mountain, Frenchglen
Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
The Steens Mountain Wilderness is a wilderness area surrounding a portion of Steens Mountain of southeastern Oregon in the United States. The reserve falls within the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (CMPA). Both the reserve and the CMPA are administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The wilderness area encompasses of the CMPA's total. of the Wilderness are protected from grazing and free of cattle.TopographyThe Steens Mountain Wilderness ranges in elevation from 4200to at the summit of Steens Mountain. The reserve features a variety of vegetative zones, from the arid sagebrush zone in the Alvord Desert, through the western juniper, mountain mahogany, mountain big sagebrush, quaking aspen, subalpine meadow, and subalpine grassland, to the snow cover zone.Steens Mountain is the largest fault-block mountain in North America. Pressure under the Earth's surface thrust the block upward approximately 20 million years ago, resulting in a steep eastern face with a more gentle slope on the western side of the mountain. During the Ice Age, glaciers carved several deep gorges into the peak and created depressions where Lily, Fish, and Wildhorse lakes now stand.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Steens Mountain by using our Frenchglen vacation builder.
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We spent a week at Alvord Desert on the dry lake bed. The view of the mountains were awesome. The stars were out every night. The last day we were there the wind started & got pretty bad to see. It wa... read more »
We only did part of the autoroute, but it really is awesome to see the scale of the mountains and wildlands in the high desert.
Stick to the loop rode and you will not be sorry. The lookouts are marked and full accessible. I hope you see the wild mustangs.
M. K. Nance
Great views and a good place to get away from people
Might be my new favorite wilderness destination. Impossibly far from civilization and cell phone signals, and as wild as unpaved roads come, but worth every white-knuckled minute of the drive to see incredible vistas and remote canyon stream tableaus. Don't tell anybody.
This place is about as far as you can go, and still find your way home.Love the remoteness.
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