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Areas in Steins Pillar

Ringside 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Steins Overlook 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Steins Pillar 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 4
Elevation: 4,377 ft
GPS: 44.411, -120.62 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: corvegas on Apr 27, 2006 with updates from Dave McRae
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick
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Description

The Steins Pillar area has three main formations: Steins Pillar proper, Steins Overlook, and Ringside. Most routes can be summed up as steep and loose.  Helmets are highly recommended.

History
Climbing on Steins Pillar dates back to the '50's with multiple, multi-day attempts to finally make the summit via the East Face. This vertical museum of fixed protection now goes free at sandbag 5.11a, yet most ascents still use some aid.  The West face is now the standard route for free climbing.  It's a spectacular, stiff for the grade, sketch trad experience, that isn't soon forgotten.

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.

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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. Jun 15, 2008
some bouldering in the area - not a "scene", nor should it be, but a place to fnd a few boulders in solitude in the mountains Apr 12, 2018

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