I have returned to this little piece of paradise, Steens Mountain. Last time I was here snow barred my access to the stunning canyons high on the mountain.
Looking up Big Indian Canyon. It was gouged out in the last ice age. Tonights camp is at the top of the canyon.
|Nice side canyon|
|It's a long climb to the top, but well worth it.|
Room with a view. Tonights camp at 9,500 ft.
|Watching the hungry raptors|
Steens Mountain is a tilted mesa, a fault-block mountain, that has risen up in the past five to seven million years. This photo shows Wildhorse Lake and the eastern escarpments.