Big Indian Gorge
Big Indian Creek cuts a wide U-shaped gorge into the west side of Steens Mountain. This 8-mile trail goes all the way to the headwall of the gorge, but you can opt for a shorter journey if planning a day trip. Plan on hiking at least a few miles up the trail to get to the aspen groves and wear appropriate footwear for water crossings. The trailhead is located at the South Steens campground, so you can roll right out of your tent on to the trail for a full-day of leaf peeping.
Photo: James Parsons