Steins Pillar Rock Climbing
Steins Pillar. Photo by Todd Gordon.
Very cool volcanic plug outside of Prineville. Lots of routes out there, and much new development with powerdrills. A lot of aid routes, though most go free now.
drive US26 10 miles east from downtown Prineville to 200 yards east of mile marker 28. Turn left onto (paved) Mill Creek Road. Follow the road past the end of the pavement (at 5.1 miles from US26). Stay on Mill Creek Road for another 1.6 miles to the signed junction for Steins Pillar Trailhead. 30-45 minute hike in.
Self-issued, free permit is available at the trailhead and is required for hiking the Steins Pillar trail.
Weather station 9.9 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Featured Route For Steins Pillar
West Face Route (5.10d or 5.6 A3) 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b OR
: Central Oregon
: Steins Pillar
The first two pitches of this climb were really good. The rock was sound and the pro was bomber for the most part. We did this climb in two pitches and I would recommend doing so. The second pitch is all bolts and fixed gear except for some small stoppers so don't be afraid to use up the hardware on the dihedral if you combine one and two. The rope begins to get heavy as you reach the second set of chains but the belay stance is comfortable. The first belay would have been hanging and since ...[more] Browse More Classics in OR
Latest Regional Forum Messages
The pillar from the trail just before it drops dow...
By 1Eric Rhicard
Jun 15, 2008
Not sure who is replacing bolts, adding chain anchors and what not but thanks. It made the climb a good deal less intimidating. We did the west or SW face route. It was fun to have solid pro where the fixed pins were or at least near where they were. If you decide to clean it up more (fill in old bolt holes remove unnecessary bolts etc.) I hope you leave a of the relics as it is hard to believe folks climbed on that crap. Thanks again.