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Steins Pillar

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NE Face (5.8 C2 or 5.11a) T 
Rocket Ride S 
West Face Route (5.10d or 5.6 A3) T 
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Steins Pillar  

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Elevation: 4,377'
Location: 44.4112, -120.62033 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Peter Franzen, Nate Ball, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: corvegas on Apr 28, 2006
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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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.9 miles from here

3 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Steins Pillar:
NE Face (5.8 C2 or 5.11a)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2     Trad, Aid, 5 pitches, 400'   
West Face Route (5.10d or 5.6 A3)   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 400'   
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Featured Route For Steins Pillar
starting pitch 2

NE Face (5.8 C2 or 5.11a) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2  OR : Central Oregon : Steins Pillar
P1 - 5.5 - climb short chimney to belay on big ledgep2 - 5.7 C2 - on far right end of ledge free climb then resort to aid in crack heading up left follow crack and fixed stuff using hooks. be very carful of the loose block midway. end on small ledge.p3 - 5.4 C2 - traverse left along ledge and resort to aid in the crack. follow crack to fixed gear then some free to another big ledge.p4 - 5.8 C1 reach high for first fixed piece follow fixed gear with some hooks to mantle to tiny ledge. p5 - 5.4 C1...[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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looking down pitch 5
The pillar from the trail just before it drops dow...
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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.
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