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Old 04-13-2019, 07:52 PM   #1
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Wife and I are thinking of driving the Steens Mountain Loop this year. Anyone know when the road will be open this spring? When is the best time of year to have this experience if we are just sightseers?

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Old 04-13-2019, 08:18 PM   #2
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Was there in August. Very warm on the bottom but very cold up top.
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:44 PM   #3
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I'm guessing it will be summer before it's open. Maybe July.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:12 PM   #4
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Have good brakes. Its a steep one on the down hill side.
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:13 AM   #5
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Usually around July 4th.
This year I’d wait until August.
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Bring 2 spare tires. If you can, drive to the town of Fields and have a milkshake. On the way, stop at Alvord
hot springs and have a soak.

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Old 04-14-2019, 09:36 AM   #7
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100% correct about two spares, unless you are running 8-ply BFG's or the like. I've broken two tires at Steens. The gravel they use on the roads is really hard on typical street tires. The road is also typically very washboarded; in my truck I just go fast enough to float on the ripples and it's like driving on packed snow basically. Some vehicles you can't really do that and it can get tedious. RV's, big vans, short-wheelbase SUV's, etc. Just FYI.

If you PM me I can describe a short hike at the top-ish of the mountain that'll blow your mind. Failing that the hike to view Wildhorse Lake is worth it.

Steens is a sublime place.
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If you can endure about 2 hours of the worst washboard road on the planet enjoy yourself. It is worth it other than your equilibrium will be punished.
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Washboard can be bad. But some trips I have hit it when the grader had knocked them down
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NOT LATE OCTOBER!, Me and the wife went there in the fall last year and attempted it and had to turn around once we got near the summit due to snow. Of course we were in our motorhome and it's only 2 wheel drive, let me tell you that was one heck of a ride and some of the looks we got were priceless!!!! Lol. That is now our favorite area ,we trecked all over and seen lots of wildlife and horses.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:35 PM   #11
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Thanks for the input. Last time we were in that neighborhood (French Glen) the mosquitoes were as bad as I've ever seen. Do they usually die off by late summer?
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Thanks for the input. Last time we were in that neighborhood (French Glen) the mosquitoes were as bad as I've ever seen. Do they usually die off by late summer?
Nope! They just get BIGGER! If possible.
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