A secret revealed
It’s alpine quality rivals Oregon’s better known Cascade peaks, and yet Steens Mountain is largely undiscovered. Once visited, however, Steens Mountain is not easily forgotten.
Often mistaken for a chain of mountains, Steens is actually one contiguous monolith that dominates the horizon. Stretching some 30 miles wide and a mile vertical, Steens is the largest fault block mountain in Oregon, if not North America. From the high points along its long ridgeline, one can look out over the Alvord Desert to the south and gaze into deep gorges to the north.
Raptors soar over this mountain that juts out of the vast sagebrush sea, while sage-grouse, pronghorn, and many other wild creatures make their homes on its slopes covered with sagebrush, perennial grasses, and wildflowers.