"KIGER GORGE OVERLOOK" Frenchglen Things to Do Tip by mtncorg
Frenchglen Things to Do: 12 reviews and 37 photos
Not far past the highest campground on the norther circuit of the Byway is a small road leading off the the Kiger Gorge Overlook. Take it! Like many other Great Basin ranges, the Steens were subject to glaciation and being more northerly, the range was impacted more than others. Kiger Gorge is of the most impressive examples of glaciation you will find. The view from up here - 8,920 feet high - is much easier than a similar view you get of Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada further south near Elko where you have to walk up. Here, at Kiger Gorge, a huge glacier once filled the valley cutting a thousand foot deep U-shaped gorge over a mile wide. There are other glacial gorges found atop Steens Mountain that you will see along the Byway but none actually reached the eastern edge of the mountain block like here at Kiger Gorge. In fact, the glacier chipped away at the crest a bit as you can see by looking across the way at the Kiger Notch. This is one of the most beautiful spots on Steens Mountain so savor it. It reminded me of when I was top the Amphitheater or South Peak along the South Africa-Lesotho border with only the bark of an upset baboon missing.