Trailhead Elevation: 4195 ft
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Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon is one of the most spectacular places anywhere. The dramatic rise of this fault block mountain above the surrounding landscape and its impact on the topography, including the Alvord Desert and the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge, make for an unforgettable experience. Starting in Frenchglen, you’ll get to completely circumnavigate the mountain, adding in hot springs, remote gravel riding, and a little taste of classic Americana as you pass through Fields.
Other highlights along the route include strange geologic features like the Borax Lake, catching sight of wild horses on Steens Mountain, and beautiful glacier-carved valleys high up on the mountain loop road.
There is no optimal bike for this route, and most people will probably ride a standard touring bike with wider tires – in the range of 35C to 38C. The loop road to the summit of Steens Mountain is the only truly rough riding.
For more information on the route, services and what to expect, check out the full details at OregonBikepacking.com.