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If you have never been to the Steens you are missing out an amazing experience

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by PDXoriginal, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. PDXoriginal

    PDXoriginal PNW Well-Known Member

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    It's a long drive, but that is one of the reasons why cattle outnumber people out here.

    The pictures doesn't do this justice, so much more incredible in person.

    Kiger Gorge... 1000+ feet drop right here


    Wildhorse Lake at about 9000' on the way up to the summit of Steens mountain which you can hike to another 700' up. You can hike down there and camp.


    The summit, 9685' up. These guys were setting up another cell site. Guys should proud they're working at the highest active work site in the state.


    The Alvord desert from 9000' up, it's too bad it was hazing from the wildfires otherwise this would have been an awesome picture.


    The Alvord desert from the Alvord hot springs


    More pictures from my trip to come.
     
  2. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I went for the first time this summer. It was amazing. The vastness of the area can be overwhelming on the first visit. Oh yeah and with gas at $ 5.00/gal in French Glen expensive too due to that "vastness".
     
  3. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    """More pictures from my trip to come. """

    Please DO.......

    Growing up in the SLC area and traveling to Southern and Western Utah often I miss the vast openess at times. I don't miss the winters, or the people/politics though,nope.

    Mike
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I shot a muley there in the late 80s....vast and gorgeous country, but I haven't been back since that hunting trip.
     
  5. mortar maggot

    mortar maggot western wa Active Member

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    It has been about 40 years since I got off the paved roads and seen those parts, I guess it is past time to go back. Great scenary
     
  6. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    How long ago were you there? I was thinking abut going there and I'm wondering if the fires are still in the area?
     
  7. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    It's on the list, it has been for a long time and I am not getting any younger.
     
  8. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    Excellent pictures.
    Mike
     
  9. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    We go every couple years, some of the best varmint hunting around! And sooo few people!

    Thanks for the great photos!
     
  10. Mutoman

    Mutoman North Bend Active Member

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    Thanks for posting the pics. I have always wanted to go there. Some day perhaps.
     
  11. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    One of my favorite areas in Oregon. Lots of great places and very few people.
     
  12. Sincere

    Sincere Between Cascadia and Jefferson Active Member

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    Shooting laws and regulations? Attitudes?

    Am I just good to go when there's no one for miles?
     
  13. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Been going there since the 60's We've stayed in the hotel in Frenchglenn camped at fish lake stayed at the research station at Malhuer Wildlife Refuge, Camped at Alvord hot springs camped at Pike Creek, been down the mine shaft at Pike Creek and chased coeds in a Oregon State Van in a 48 Willys Jeep on the loop road.
     
  14. HenryJ

    HenryJ Eastern Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Here is our trip: BLT Offroad Steens

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    We tossed in an exploration of the Malheur Cave too.

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    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Haven't been down to the Alvord, but have been up in the Steens - beautiful country. I'd really like to go back there, but it's kind of out of the way.

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  16. jerman1964

    jerman1964 Sherwood, OR Member

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    I have ridden my horses there, too, and that picture you took is awesome, but no matter how many times I see it, pictures just cant capture it. Maybe catch you there nest time! I hear the coyotes and cougars are getting out of hand there, might try some calling this year. How were the fires?
     
  17. PDXoriginal

    PDXoriginal PNW Well-Known Member

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    Those pics were taken 2 weeks ago, so by now I'd say it would be pretty clear since the big fires are out. Shooting laws are like anywhere else in the state. Most of that is public land, but you have to watch out for private land here and there. There are private ranches all over the place.

    The locals don't mind as long as you treat the place with respect, most of them are just happy to see somebody sometime.

    There are several options for staying... if you don't want to rough it you can stay at the French Glen hotel. OR if you got an RV a good place is the Page Springs campground, they have full hookups for RVs. Other good places to stay are Fish lake, the lake is stocked with keep trout, has water and bathroom facilities. My favorite place to camp is Jackman Park further up the mountain, more isolated but still has running water and bathroom facilities.

    There are several rustic camp sites you can stay at on the way up to the summit.

    Coyotes are all over the place there, one made the mistake of coming into camp during the daytime... the rabbit population comes and goes, it wasn't the greatest this year with all the wildfires.

    A tip on gas... fill up in Burns. If you head out the Alvord desert, fill up in Fields, gas is cheaper there than French Glen.
     
  18. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Been clear to the back of Malheur Cave. There's lots of arrow points outside the mouth. That's where I saw my first and only rattler in Oregon. Pete French round barn is like nothing I'd ever seen before.
     
  19. PDXoriginal

    PDXoriginal PNW Well-Known Member

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    BTW Antelope hunting out here is some of the best in the state and if you're lucky to draw a big horn sheep tag, they're out here I saw herd driving to the Alvord.

    Deer hunting not so much... they're out there, but unless you know the area well or get some insight from the local you're going to have a hard time finding them.
     
  20. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Been there and done that and Loved It!!! Drove through last spring but stayed on highway. Thanks a lot for the nice photos! Going to have to spend some time there soon. Harass the varmints! Thanks again.