Steins Pillar is a Moderate Central Oregon Hike
By Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon
(Bend Premier Real Estate)
We have focused most of our hikes in the Cascades during our time living in Central Oregon. However, the Ochocos, east of Prinveille, offer wonderful, less traveled hikes with beautiful vistas and interesting geology.It seems that a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, we are finding ourselves repeating the hikes we took a year ago. Steins Pillar in the Ochocos is a fairly short, fairly easy hike with an impressive end at the 350 foot pillar, a volcanic remnant over 38 million years old. Probably the most concerting issue getting to the trail head is the two mile mostly single lane dirt road (within potholes) which can be somewhat sketchy going around corners, hoping no one else is coming the other way. But if you make it to the actual trail head without incident, the four-mile in and ou...