Named for one of the many prospectors who mined in this vicinity during the early gold rush years of the 1850s and 1860s, the Stein Butte trail (#929 / 7.5 mi. / 2400 ) features areas of historical as well as scenic interests. Panoramic views of Applegate Lake and the rugged Siskiyou mountains may be seen along the ridge. Evidence of hydraulic, surface and lode mining activity, dating from the turn of the century, is present along the mountain bike trail. There is no water on this route. Beginning at Seattle Bar, the trail passes underneath the Upper Applegate Road bridge, and crosses Manzanita Creek Road. Leaving the road, the trail climbs steadily at a moderate grade for 2.5 miles up the west end of Elliott Creek Ridge. The trail continues along the ridge to a crest just below Stein Butte. A cross-country trip to the top of Stein Butte offers excellent vistas of the Red Buttes. Leaving the ridgeline, the trail descends at a relatively steep rate for 2.5 miles to Elliott Creek Road, marking the end of the Stein Butte Trail. Access #1 (Seattle Bar): From Star Ranger Station, drive south 13 miles on Upper Applegate Road to the junction with Carberry Creek Road. Turn left and continue one mile to the Seattle Bar Trailhead. Access #2 (Elliott Creek Road): Continue past Seattle Bar Picnic Area 0.5 mile to the junction with Forest Road #1050. Turn left and drive 3 miles to the trailhead. Off-road parking is available in a turnout area.
Overall, Stein Butte Trail is the 40th most popular mountain bike trail of all 55 mountain biking rides in Oregon.