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A road trip/backpack to the summit of Steens Mountain and into Big Indian Gorge

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Historic French Glenn Hotel, reservations a must!

Main street

The dining room seating is limited

Kitchen, coffee and hotel hall

Front desk

Page Springs campground

On the approach to the summit

Wildhorse canyon

We could see some Keiger Mustangs grazing below

Inspiration for the journal

View north east from the top

Photo op

Dan's 52nd birthday

Brad is number one

Tom, pointing to Brad, his brother-in-law

Big Indian Gorge from "Steens Higway". We packed up along this stream.

Getting water from the well at the South Steens campground

Getting more water from Big Indian Creek at one of several fords

Water gear

An historic campsite near the riparian area of the creek

Big Indian Creek near the top of the Gorge

The U shaped Gorge, carved by glaciers a short time ago

A riparian area in the high desert

a heavier lite tent

MSR's lite tent. I want one of those!

My TNF Soloist bivy keeps the mosquitoes out. Lite pack'n!

Very lite pack'n guys, Jim and Kevin

Hydration system. Get water from the stream, pump or boil from the big bag

My total kitchen with a breakfast and a dinner

My food for three days and two nights

The Essentials ready for a day hike. The day pack weighs 14 oz.

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Big Indian Gorge in the Steens
My friend Jim Witty invited me to pack along with him, his son Kevin and three real estate developer friends from Orange County California, on a road trip/backpack to the summit of Steens Mountain (9,500' +-) and down into Steens' Big Indian Gorge for flyfishing.  Arriving at the Steens after a three hour evening drive from Bend, we camped out at the BLM's Page Springs campground for the night. We had a great breakfast at the historic French Glen Hotel, and drove up the gentle slope of west side of the Steens fault block to the summit overlooks at 9,000 feet. Then we continued around the "Steens Highway" to the BLM's South Steens Campground.  We backpacked in about six miles and up about 1,500' to an historic campsite next to the riparian area of Big Indian Creek. Then back to Bend we went, for the Bob Dylan concert!
--Bob Speik




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