I really loved backpacking the Strawberry Wilderness. We spent the weekend making our way to the summit, stopping for a night at Strawberry lake and a couple nights at Little Strawberry. There was an insane amount of wildlife while we were there! Our favorite were the mountain goats you could see from Little Strawberry. I strongly suggest waiting until late summer as the mosquitoes are bad bad until mid August. Take on the summit if you feel up for it!
Amazing Lake! Jaw dropping beauty. I've hiked to Strawberry Lake and Little Strawberry five different times and it's always perfect. I've hiked it as early as May and as late as on Halloween. Strawberry Lake is simply one of those places you'll never forget.
My family loved this easy hike around Magone lake. We got to watch two beavers. They have fallen trees all around the lake. It's really beautiful. You can see large trees that are halfway chewed through by beavers. The drive up was fun. Open range cattle are abundant along the road, sometimes in the road. Very fun trip.
I completed the Onion creek trail in late August 2013. The trail is Brutal. Steep, rocky, and very narrow. I used Onion Creek to complete the loop to Strawberry Mountain and then through the meadow to strawberry lake. Overall it was a 2 day backpacking trip that covered approx 12.5 miles. The views from onion creek down to prairie city and John Day are spectacular. This is a trail that I'm glad I did, but most likely will never attempt again. The open meadow about half way up has plenty of trail markers as there really isn't a trail in this are. Please be warned that its a true butt burner and your knees will be pissed at you when your finished.
Slide Lake is accessible from a couple different directions. You can come in from High Lake but also from the Strawberry Lake Campground which is roughly 4 miles. It is moderately difficult this way. Beautiful lake with normally pretty good trout fishing.
This trail actually located S/O Prarie City apporx 16 miles. Is a steep trail. Joins up with Sunshine Flat at the head of Glacier Basin. Area was burned in 86 & 88. There are a couple more trails in the area Rail Cr I cannot think of the other. There is light use of these trails. Mostly during hunting season with some horse & atv traffic. No maintance. Could be lots of downed tree & rocks to obstruct. Apporx 6 miles to Call Cr Trail
We completed a section of this trail (ending at Dean Creek) in the beginning of June, 2012, and it became one of our favorite trails. The views are amazing, and there was some sections where the flowers were blooming in full power, and there was also lots of strawberry plants right by the trail (unfortunatelly, no strawberries in June...).
This section is fairly easy to complete, execept for some logs that cut the trail and may require some scrambling.
There are a few camping spots by Dean Creek (where you see a fairly big waterfall), and the view from those are very unforgettable. We reccomend waking up early to watch the sunrise from the area on the other side of the trail from the campsite.
There is a lot of water sources avaliable if you are taking the longer backpack trip.
We also took our dog on this trip, and she loved it. Definitelly reccomend.