Steins Pillar Trail (#837)

Steins Pillar Photo
This beautiful trail can be accessed at the Steins Pillar Trailhead.  It slowly climbs through old growth forest, flower-filled mountain meadows, and rocky ridges. The trail reaches its final destination at the base of Steins Pillar, a 350-foot monolith of welded tuff, deposited during the collapse of the Wilcat Caldera, around 40 million years ago. The pillar can also be seen from a viewing area along Mill Creek Road. 
This trail is not a loop. You will return to the trailhead by the same route you entered.
Click here for a Steins Pillar Trail map.

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee
Operated By: Forest Service


Day Hiking

The last 1.4 miles of trail is not well maintained, very steep, and requires sure footing.  Average hiking time is 3 hours.

Viewing Scenery

Panoramic views of Mill Creek Valley are common. 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.0 miles

  Elevation : 
4200 - 4400