4200 ft elevation gain
Steep scrambles with no trail.
Water available most of the trip except for about 4 hot miles along the top.
Amazing scenery, with views of the Alvord Desert and Idaho.
- Distance: 45.2
South Steens Campground
Location: 42.6557795, -118.726995
$6 per night per vehicle. Great campground with vault toilets and water.
Big Indian Trailhead
Location: 42.6557953, -118.7262332
Location: 42.6520379, -118.6896418
Location: 42.6694477, -118.6715882
Location: 42.6552823, -118.6800182
Location: 42.6534044, -118.6794662
The deepest of these was about calf-high
Location: 42.6693992, -118.6714355
Location: 42.6603479, -118.6347485
Location: 42.6553218, -118.6011028
Cross the creek and set up camp in a small cove of trees, or in the open meadows surrounded by sage. Careful of lightning, with the afternoon thunderstorms.
Camping in the canyon
Location: 42.6554875, -118.6012101
view down the Big Indian creek route.
Location: 42.6335798, -118.5944939
Begin ridgewalk here. There is no water for the next several miles, and you are at over 9,000 feet.
Location: 42.64122, -118.5798168
Drop packs and hike up 1/4 mile along the road to the summit. Return here, and continue another 2 miles along the road to Little Blitzen Canyon.
Location: 42.6354189, -118.576169
Views to the east include the Alvord Desert and Wildhorse lake.
Location: 42.6342113, -118.5730362
Views of Wildhorse lake and the Alvord Desert.
Little Blitzen Canyon
Location: 42.6840916, -118.5646999
Descend into the canyon here.
Location: 42.6821357, -118.6071754
Little Blitzen trailhead
Location: 42.663664, -118.7215984