"KIGER GORGE OVERLOOK" Frenchglen Things to Do Tip by mtncorg

Frenchglen Things to Do: 12 reviews and 37 photos

  The mtncorg present Kiger Gorge
by mtncorg
 
  • The mtncorg present Kiger Gorge - Frenchglen
      The mtncorg present Kiger Gorge
    by mtncorg
  • Magnificent glacial valley, Kiger Notch on right - Frenchglen
      Magnificent glacial valley, Kiger Notch on right
    by mtncorg
  • The Kiger Gorge explained - Frenchglen
      The Kiger Gorge explained
    by mtncorg
  • Panorama of the Kiger Gorge - Frenchglen
      Panorama of the Kiger Gorge
    by mtncorg
  • Another panorama of glacial Kiger Gorge - Frenchglen
      Another panorama of glacial Kiger Gorge
    by mtncorg
 

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.

Website: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/site_info.php?siteid=19

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Sep 13, 2010
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse

Comments

mtncorg

“live to learn; learn to live”

Online Now

Male

Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 4 3

Have you been to Frenchglen?

  Share Your Travels