Ascent of Steens Mountain-Central Peak on 2016-06-26

Climber: Austin D. Smith

Others in Party:Mark Smith
Amber Smith
Doug McGinnis
Brenda Smith
Date:Sunday, June 26, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Steens Mountain-Central Peak
    Elevation:9730 ft / 2965 m

Ascent Trip Report

At the 3 way junction off Steens Mountion Loop Rd, take the left or East Rim Overlook. Drive about .5 up the road which will end at a parking lot. 10 foot walk from there to the highpoint. There is a little rock mound out to the left 40 feet so I ran up and tagged it as well just to be sure I got the highpoint. You should really summit this as well if your climbing teens mountain as its only 3 feet lower than the summit of Steens which means its well within the margin of error and potentially could be the true Steens summit. The recognized true summit looks higher - high enough that I think its fairly conclusive its the true summit - but just to be sure, climb this as well. Its got a great view into the canyon along with the added bonus of it being an Oregon Wilderness Highpoint as well as it being unranked on the Oregon 9000 foot and the Top 100 list (meaning you have to climb it this in order to for sure say you've completed those other 2 lists).

Definitely worth the extra mile drive to see. Be sure you don't be fooled into driving up to the other overlook (forgot the name), as its not the Central Peak HP. You'll know its the wrong lookout since it is not at the obvious 3 way split in the rd.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0 mi / 0.1 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Route:Drive Up
    Start Trailhead:East Rim Lookout Parking Lot  9720 ft / 2962 m
    Time:1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Route:Retraced Steps
    End Trailhead:East Rim Lookout Parking Lot  9720 ft / 2962 m
    Time:1 Minutes

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