This Outstanding Video is of Steins Pillar! The Video was shot for Oregon is Beautiful by @visualvalency
Steins Pillar is named after Major Enoch Steen, who explored this area in the 1860s. His name was so often misspelled that the misspelling stuck, which is why it is now called Steins Pillar instead of Steens Pillar.
The 350-foot-tall pillar is actually a remnant of an ancient volcano. It’s essentially a relic from when the Ochoco Mountains once spewed spurts of lava and filled the air with clouds of ash, dust, and debris. Thankfully, the landscape is much quieter now, and the hike to the pillar makes for a pleasant outdoor experience.
The beautiful trail can be accessed at the Steins Pillar Trailhead. The trail is a 4 mile round trip. It slowly climbs through old growth forest, flower-filled mountain meadows, and rocky ridges.