Pike Creek

Easy (to end of road)
2.8 miles round trip
850 feet elevation gain
Open late April through November
Use: hikers, horses

Difficult (to forks)
5.4 miles round trip
1400 feet elevation gain

At first glance, it hardly seems possible for a hiking route to be hiding on Steens Mountain’s east face, a mile-high cliff that juts from the Alvord Desert’s alkali flats to a sky full of snow-streaked crags. At Pike Creek, however, an ancient mining road gives hikers a secret entryway into a spectacular box canyon of colorful rock formations and wildflowers.

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This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon.

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