Explore the most popular hiking trails in Malheur National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great 4 day weekend at Strawberry Lake. Camped at Strawberry and took day hikes to Little Strawberry, Slide and Little Slide Lakes. Caught fish in all 4 lakes but did the best in Strawberry. Some of the fish were 15" there. Bug spray needed for Slide lake others were fine. Saw mountain goats and kids at Little Strawberry Lake. Did See lots of people at Strawberry and headed for Slide Lake.
Great trip....wouldn't recommend anyone go there...lol

Beautiful hike. About 4 miles if you walk around the lake. Climbing up to the lake, fairly level around the lake, then downhill all the way back. Somewhat busy on the trail.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Great way to end an evening of driving. It was a very nice, quiet hike around the lake.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beautiful short hike on a gravel/asphalt wide level trail. Lots of opportunities for kiddos & dogs to climb on dead trees, and walk across a foot bridge. No bugs, got to watch a few fisherman reel in trout. Absolute gorgeous day & highly recommend this hike for families with small children- you can even push a sturdy stroller along the well- maintained path.

One of the most beautiful trails in the area. A nice easy hike on a well developed trail.

Friday, September 08, 2017

I grew up near this lake. It is a beautiful place to hike or swim.

Great area to go backpacking. You can connect several of the trails to make a multi-day trip, just make sure you have a map to know which trails to choose.

Anyway, giving a little trail update here. Snow is all gone at Strawberry Lake. Snow is still present on the trail up to Little Strawberry Lake, a lot of snow! The trail completely disappears after the waterfall. I used a map and just followed in the general direction of where Little Strawberry Lake was and I eventually made it there. Little Strawberry Lake was still mostly (90%) frozen over. There was a clear patch of ground big enough for a couple of 1 man tents by the lake, but other than that the whole area is still covered in deep snow. Very beautiful though, and if you're an experienced hiker who knows how to use a map you'll make it there no problem. We hiked back down after having a snack at Little Strawberry and camped at the main lake (Strawberry Lake). Lots of trout activity at Strawberry Lake, though I didn't have any luck with my tenkara rod.

trail running
Sunday, November 13, 2016

This trail run is a bit tricky because you get to the lake and feel that you may have done it but there is still a significant amount of elevation to go. In addition, you can go on either side of the Strawberry Lake (straight left is shorter). It can be hard to find the ascending trail that goes to Little Strawberry Lake but remember up and left always. Lots of people and dogs even in November. Trees were dead and downed, many across the trail; not the most attractive run. Saw a few deer. The run took about 2 hours including getting slightly off track and stopping for photos.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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!

my memory was wrong. it's another mile and a half to the falls. I went back to hike to the lake alone. it was so serene and tranquil.

I love the strawberry wilderness! the hike is nice. moderate. my husband and I hiked to the lake. then it's a little further (half mile or so, if my memory is correct) to get to the falls, which are a beautiful sight.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

this trail is easy. good for families and small kids. at the right time of year you will see wild strawberries, wild sunflower, and the occasional beaver. my three small children and I walk this trail as much as we can.

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.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Great canyon view

Friday, May 29, 2015

Nice trail, but needs some maintenance, a few down trees and areas where rocks have slid onto the trail.

cross country skiing
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It was so beautiful and a very easy hike around the lake.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Most of elevation gain is in the first two miles. Lots of animal sign any great views.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

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.

nature trips
Sunday, February 17, 2013

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

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hiked May 15. Still a good amount of snow on trail, up to 2 feet in places. Saw no one else. Lake still half frozen. Beautiful time to visit!

Monday, January 30, 2012

We got to the trailhead fairly late and did the 1.3 mile hike down to High Lake after dark. Next day we packed up camp and went over the ridge to Slide Lake. Lots of wildflowers. Glorious views. Slide Lake is beautiful with a 1000+ ft cliff across the lake from us. My buddy Steve caught some nice trout. Not too many people although Steve ran into some people he knew.

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