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Backpack - Big Indian Gorge

NO PERMISSION REQUESTS ACCEPTED PRIOR TO 7/15 REGISTRATION OPEN! SUBMIT REQUEST VIA PERMISSION LINK BEGINNING 7/15. Backpack in Oregon's Steens Mountain Wilderness along Big Indian Creek into scenic Big Indian Gorge below Rooster Comb and the Steens Mountain summit.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft

8:00 am Big Indian Gorge Trailhead, large parking area at far end of South Steens campground.

UPDATED 5/28/21:

Covid-19 -- This trip is open only to folks that are fully vaccinated, in accordance with Mountaineers updated policy and  leader's preference.   Leader will request a copy of vaccination card for proof.         

Members only.  Leader permission required.

Details and daily itinerary to follow.


Big Indian Gorge

  • Steens Desert High Country (Pacific Northwest Recreation Map Series)

    USGS Wildhorse Lake, OR

    USGS Fish Lkae, OR
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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