(I have heard other opinions that the Blues don't include this range but several … We accessed the wilderness via Prairie City with great meals in and out at 1188 in John Day. © Eli Boschetto, A variety of summer wildflowers decorate the trailsides en route to Slide Lake. Our intended south ridge route was still under snow with cornices on the approach. It's not alpine like the Wallowas or Elkhorn Crest which are about the same distance away and may be better destinations. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used … It tops out at just slightly over 9,000 ft.. Please. The heat and elevation really got to me here so I went really slow. I am not all that impressed with the Strawberry Mountains. The trail itself gets real narrow in spots so imagine our surprise when we came across 3 … At mile 13.8 we're back to the Strawberry Trail at 6300 feet elevation. Nice views! I think the Strawberry Trailhead is the most common. It goes up to a number of high passes, then down to scenic lakes. The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is located east of John Day, Oregon, in the Malheur National Forest. This page was last modified on 9 December 2019, at 17:20. The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is an unassuming, seemingly overlooked collection of rugged peaks and sharp ridges, glacier-carved basins, alpine lakes, and spring-fed wildflower meadows in Eastern Oregon. Get big mountain scenery without the big mountain effort on this 6.9-mile out-and-back that visits two gorgeous alpine lakes, secluded campsites, and a 60-foot trailside waterfall. Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. There's also a trail here that parallels the main trail above it. From here the trail gets difficult. This loop I think is the most traveled and best maintained. Really nice views. At mile 7.2 and 7900 feet elevation is the Roads End Trailhead. Strawberry Mountain is covered by the Tulaby Lake, MN US Topo Map quadrant The trail starts at the Strawberry Campground, at the end of FR 6001. The trail now forks right and turns south to continue along steep slopes under colorful volcanic rock outcrops and a variety of trailside wildflowers, lupine, forget-me-not, and more paintbrush. Large areas have been burned off in recent years. The trek starts at the Strawberry Campground, at the end of FR 6001. At 4.8 miles from the trailhead and 8300 feet elevation you reach the Strawberry Mountain ridge. Experience the finest of Utah’s majestic mountainscape on a non-guided excursion or with a professionally certified guide. © Eli Boschetto, Colorful volcanic outcrops rise above hillside meadows on the Slide Lake trail. There are a number of nice campsites and streams that have colder water for drinking. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. Located near the northern border of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, this campground offers opportunities for stream fishing, hiking, hunting, and Wilderness access. Expect a few people that have carried boats up to the lake. to Strawberry Lake, and could make return trip detour. This popular 3-mile lollipop loop visits a small, subalpine lake featuring a front-row view of Mt. Turn left at this T-junction; right leads 0.4 mi. Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, OR: Slide Lake Skirt volcanic cliffs amid hillside meadows to a pair of small alpine lakes and secluded camp spots on this 8.5-mile lollipop-loop. Expect to see snow here even in July. (An alternate route forks left and descends into Slide Creek Valley, than ascends to reconnect farther up.) © Eli Boschetto, View down Slide Creek Valley to John Day basin and distant Blue Mtns. The 3.4 mile round trip hike to the summit of Strawberry Mountain departs from the Lost Lake campground and makes its way through pine forest and overgrown brush. Hiking around Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. - on the marshy shores of Slide Lake. The lake is pretty small, so if there's a noisy group there, there's no way to get away from them. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Camping is available there or at Strawberry Lake with only a 1.5 mile pack in. Quite a bit of water. Outlet of Slide Lake; bear left on lake loop. and you’ll find yourself sleeping at a trailhead… almost. There are a number of trailheads, some of which are on rough roads. Garbage must be packed out. If you have binoculars, look for Loowit Falls, where melting glacier water comes out of the crater. Mostly, the trail is fairly easy to follow, with switchbacks. Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. Explore the lake, a side trail leads down, and circles the lake. © Eli Boschetto, Slide Lake is surrounded by an amphitheater of glacier-carved volcanic rock. Just use the main trail even if you're going up to Little Strawberry Lake. After the falls, the trail dives again into the cover of forest for another 0.5 mile before coming to the outlet of Slide Lake, a small alpine lake surrounded by a towering amphitheater of stone. © 2020 Pocket Outdoor Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Finding the trail down to Canyon Creek was difficult, I just sort of took off and eventually found a trail. Strawberry Mountain via Strawberry Basin Trail #375 is a 12.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Prairie City, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. GPS was handy, actual trail was pretty close to where the USGS map said it was. Trails are numerous around the lake, so walk above the east side of the lake and follow signs to Little Strawberry Lake. From here the trail goes down to High Lake at mile 8.7 and 7500 feet elevation. The Strawberry Mountain Loop Hike includes the best of the Strawberries. It's about one mile from the trailhead, so don't expect solitude. Anyway, continuing on the hike, from mile 6 from the trailhead, just follow the old road. Strawberry Falls. On the plateau to the left, find an exposed campsite with views over the John Day Valley and distant Blue Mountains to the north, and Slide Mountain to the east. Standing above everything in the center of eastern Oregon, Strawberry Mountain rises to 9038 feet. I missed it. Take the secluded route up Larch Mountain to a popular pinnacle on this 7-mile loop that features shady woods, vibrant wildflowers, and huge, 5-mountain views. Climbing 890 feet in under two miles, the trail … Hood, visits two picturesque lakes and traverses a high ridge over Barlow Valley and Palmateer Meadows. The north face of Canyon Mountain was hewn by glacial ice, and the long valley of Pine Creek bears a telltale, characteristic U shape of a glacially carved feature. The lake sits below the rugged cliffs of the main spine of the Strawberry Mountains. It went south, gradually losing a little elevation. When ready, continue straight, as the trail climbs past the lake, meeting up with Strawberry Creek, which it follows for the next half mile until reaching Strawberry Falls. © Eli Boschetto. There are places you could camp if you wanted, but no water nearby. The lake is large enough to provide some coolth if the temperatures are hot. I was thinking of following the ridge on the Joaquin Miller trail, but it was so hot, and I think there were long sections without any drinking water. Shown in the picture are 9,038 ft. It's about one mile from the trailhead, so don't expect solitude. This is just a bypass that goes a little off the main trail, away from the lake, and rejoins the main trail after a while. I also went west a ways and the trail was difficult to follow at times because it was so faint. Here, the trail splits into a 1-mile loop around the lake. © Eli Boschetto, Slide Creek tumbles over the large rock step near the head of Slide Creek Valley. Then go back the way you came to the ridge top. This spur off the Pacific Crest Trail, on the south side of Mt. From Prairie City, 12 miles south from Depot Park on County Road 60 and Forest Service Road #6001. No obvious trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Nice cliffs above lake. The Strawberry Mountain Loop Hike includes the best of the Strawberries. © Eli Boschetto, Some of the colorful volcanic outcrop along the trail to Slide Lake. Stay in one of the ten first-come, first-served sites (warning, it fills quickly!) Just follow the road for 0.5 miles to the High Lake Rim Trailhead at 8000 feet elevation. © Eli Boschetto, Smaller lake surrounded by large talus slopes. Search Wilderness Connect For Practitioners Search Wilderness Connect For Practitioners Exposed campsite in small meadow. The trail is well marked. High Lake is a pretty small lake. The lake is actually damed to create a deeper and controlable watersource for the valley farmers. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Also there were a lot of trees across the trail, exacerbated by the fact there have been a number of fires recently. Snow began not far above the lake and the trail eventually disappeared completely. Maybe I'm prejudiced because it was hot and mosquito infested when I was there. We're on the opposite side of Rabbit Ears from Little Strawberry Lake. I'd like to increase attention to the beauty of Eastern Oregon and the special nature of Strawberry Wilderness. I just had to go where I thought the trail was and eventually the trail got better defined. Strawberry Camp, 1.3 miles (2.1 km) downstream from the Strawberry Lake (Oregon) along Strawberry Creek, is connected to the lake by a hiking trail. The views for the first 2 miles are limited and unimpressive, but the rewards are soon to come. A mild climate, fresh mountain air, fertile soil, and, of course, plenty of towering pine trees… It’s easy to see why Pine-Strawberry's original settlers – a group of four Mormon families – decided to call this spot home in the late 19th century. Nice viewpoint with panoramas up and down Slide Creek Valley. We reached our approximate target around noon: a large meadow below Strawberry Mountain. At mile 12.1, 6800 feet elevation, the trail hits a low point and a junction with the trail over to Slide Mountain. Near the top of the lake, the trail splits in several directions to more small campsites and to the edge of Upper Slide Lake, a small tarn at the base of a huge talus slope. The area is dominated by the Strawberry Mountain Range with the highest point being Strawberry Mountain. It’s a glistening blue lake with the snow-laced Strawberry Mountains towering in the distance. Interesting how that whole basin is burned over. The road goes pretty much straight from the Roads End Trailhead to High Lake Rim Trailhead, which is different than what the USGS map says. At 2.5 miles from the trailhead is the top of Strawberry Falls and a little further, the junction for the trail to Little Strawberry Lake. See lots of shooting stars - during the day! Looking down to Strawberry Lake behind us. Keep your eyes on the cliffs above. 3.5 mi; upper junction with Slide Creek Valley trail. This moderate trail makes for a nice family diversion, heading up Strawberry Mountain, and rewarding visitors with good views of Lost Lake and Bonaparte Mountain. Descent into the lake is not too bad, nor is getting out. History of the Area The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is located in the Malhuer National Forest and includes approximately 68,700 acres. Early in the season, like July 1, there are plenty of streams for drinking water but I think later in the season drinking water would become hard to find. This hike first takes in popular Strawberry Lake and then passes a waterfall. This is at 6600 feet elevation. Strawberry Falls After a brief snack at the falls, we continued climbing. © Eli Boschetto. More options for longer backpacking trips exist for those who take other trails off of Strawberry Basin Trail #375, such as the Onion Creek Trail #201 which traverses up near the peak of Strawberry Mountain. Strawberry Mountain rises 9040 ft with a prominence of 4080 ft, an isolation of 46 miles, and is the tallest peak in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. https://www.oregonhikers.org/w/index.php?title=Strawberry_Mountain_Loop_Hike&oldid=87906. If you hear rockfall, then look carefully and you may see mountain goats. Normal hiking season is July to November, though snow may be encountered at any time of the year at higher elevations. If you go cross country north, in the direction of Strawberry Mountain, it gets less steep, so you can get up to the ridge top. 4 mi; Fork left to Slide Lake; right climbs to High Lake Pass. Start the trail to Slide Lake at road's end in Strawberry Campground. Strawberry Lake is the one large lake. Several camp sites in area. The trail was faint. Aptly named, there are also a few wild strawberries on Strawberry Mountain. Strawberry Campground Strawberry Campground calls the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness its neighbor, and it’s definitely not just any neighbor. At 2.3 miles from the trailhead is the base of Strawberry Falls. Early in the season, like July 1, there are plenty of streams for drinking water but I think later in the season drinking water would become hard to find. When you leave the trailhead parking area, the trail climbs steadily to Strawberry Lake. Cliffside viewpoint of Slide Creek Falls. This tree-lined lake sits at the base of a rock-strewn cliff and provides amazing views. The trail goes on the South side of the lake for about 0.5 mile. Hike Info. Another junction with the Strawberry Lake trail; keep straight. I just went over the ridge until I found a faint trail. It goes up to a number of high passes, then down to scenic lakes. It is located in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness within the Malheur National Forest. Start at the Strawberry Basin Trailhead. The area includes approximately 68,700 acres and encompasses the headwaters of Pine, Indian, Strawberry, Canyon, Bear, Lake, Wall, Roberts, and Big Creek. Strwberry lake was a nice spot. This 2-mile hike in the Clackamas Foothills visits a forested lake cirque, then tops out on 4,850' South Fork Mountain with endless views over Oregon's and Washington's cascade peaks. There was a campsite and spring at Wildcat Basin but they weren't very nice. The trail goes up to a high point at 10 miles from the trailhead and 8150 feet. You'll find numerous campsites about a mile up the trail at Strawberry Lake, however, which may make the paying to stay at Strawberry Campground a less attractive option. After eating lunch, we left the packs at camp and climbed Strawberry Mountain (9038′). We found a tent site on a dry knob and set up camp. Instead, you want to go generally north on the unsigned trail. Nice views. The main trail goes right next to the lake, so if horses use this, then horse poop effluent will wash into the lake, so it's better for them to use the bypass. Then take the (Onion Creek) trail back south to where it connects to the Strawberry Basin trail. There are a number of campsites there. Go for a dayhike or an easy overnight to one of these quiet cascade lakes, both in the shadow of towering volcanic peaks. If it's your first time visiting the wilderness areas, those destinations are not to be missed. It's one of Oregon's least-travelled Wilderness areas. Chances are if you're exploring the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness you'll encounter only a few people along the way, and most of that foot traffic is found on the section of trail from Strawberry Campground to Little Strawberry Lake via Strawberry Lake. The nearby town of Twin Peaks was once known as Strawberry Flat. Several small campsites can be found on the west side of the lake, and look for large patches of pink shooting star on the lakeshore. Snowmobile rentals at Strawberry Bay in Heber City, Utah, provide the perfect mix of excitement and the tranquility of nature’s winter beauty. If I lived in John Day or Prairie City I'de be going up there all the time. The last few hundred feet are steep and if there's any snow left, this is where it'd be. The main thing it has going for it is that it is far East so it doesn't get so much snow so it becomes accessible earlier in the season than the Cascades. This is a really nice waterfall, about 100 feet high. The Strawberries sort of remind me of lakes around Mount Hood like Burnt Lake or lakes in the Salmon Huckleberry area, except the Strawberries are a lot drier and thus sparser growth. Elevation is 5750 feet. Little Slide Lake. It's 0.8 miles back to the trailhead. To the south, spy Strawberry Lake and gaze into the crater of Mount St. Helens. Strawberry Lake shimmers wide and blue, surrounded on both sides by rugged mountain peaks and glassy rivers that roll into the 36-acre body of water. The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is a fairly small, fairly uncrowded wilderness area in Eastern Oregon, a few miles South of John Day and Prairie City. Strawberry Peak was once on the HPS list but was delisted in 1969. © Eli Boschetto, The 1-mile loop around Slide Lake offers several secluded campsites. It's only a mile from the trailhead so there were some dayhiker fishermen when I was there. Once you get to the ridge, you traverse below and to the east of Strawberry Mountain and then up its northeast side, about one mile, to it's 9038 foot elevation summit. You can take either. A wide open viewpoint here offers a nice panorama over the entire valley. The trail is up up up most of the way. Instead I camped a little before where I found a cold stream crossing the trail. 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