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Strawberry Mountain via Strawberry Basin Trail #375

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Strawberry Mountain Wilderness

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. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length12.1 miElevation gain3372 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyBackpackingCampingHikingForestLakeViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842

No permits or fees required! This is a day use area and parking is free. There is a voluntary wilderness info card you are asked to complete at the trailheads. Camping is allowed on the mountain and there are great sites at Strawberry Lake. There are various sites along the Strawberry Basin Route including near the ruins of an old cabin about 2 miles before the summit as well as a stone shelter on the summit. However, they want to keep this a day use area so you can't park at the trailheads overnight. Best bet is one of three campgrounds on the approach road from Prairie City. Closest is Strawberry Campground. There are 11 sites with restrooms and water (although once the temps start to reach freezing at night, they are turned off - there is a stream nearby you can filter/purify from). No reservations and it cost $6 per night per site.

Wherever you come from, you need to get to Prairie City, OR. From the east (Idaho) take Interstate 84 to Baker City, OR. From Baker City, take Highway 7 west to Highway 26. 16 miles west is Prairie City. From the north (Pendleton) take Highway 395 south to Mt. Vernon, OR. From here take Highway 26 east 21 miles to Prairie City. From the south get to Highway 395 and take it north to John Day, OR, hang a right at Highway 26 and go 13 miles to Prairie City. From the west (Portland), take Highway 26 to to Prairie City. For a more rural approach you can also take I-84 east to Biggs and pick up 97 South. Take 97 to Highway 206 east. This road goes through high grasslands past a neat windfarm with huge windmills on the way to Condon, OR. From Condon, pick up Highway 19 south and travel this through the John Day Fossil Beds to Highway 26. Turn left on Highway 26 and go to Prairie City. Once you are in Prairie City, take Highway 26 to the center of town and turn south at the sign for Depot Park and Strawberry Lake. This is Main Street. Go south to a "T" and turn left and go about a block to Bridge St. (sign for Strawberry Campground) Turn right (south) onto Bridge Street and go 10.7 miles to the end of the road at Strawberry Campground. The last 7 or 8 miles are gravel but aren't too bad. The Strawberry Basin Route trailhead starts from the parking lot at this campground.

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Diamond Roberts
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BackpackingBugsGreat!

We’ve been here three times this year! I love it! The hike isn’t too bad especially for the dreamy view. Backpacked 5 nights

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Hiking

Steady climb to the top. Nothing too strenuous. Saw some awesome views along the way. A lake, a waterfall, valleys and rock cliffs. Will come back during wildflower season. As mentioned before, it is around 14 miles round trip.

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Svetlana Shurygin
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The most amazing hike I have done for now. There lakes, waterfall, alpine meadows, unbelievable view at the top, lots of butterflies . Not easy but highly recommend

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Alex Shurygin
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Cresten StClair
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very pretty. listing is wrong, i recorded 14 miles end to end.

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Drew Hamm
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Chris P
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Hiked solo on July 17 and the trail was easy to follow. There is a little muddy part 75% to the top that you will have to be careful. Also, a bit of snow drifts 90% towards to top. You can go around them easy so no need to bring yak tracks. Comment on Ron's previous post: the path is clear of all downed trees.

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Ron Karpel
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HikingBlowdownSnow

Excellency area great views and not to crowded. The trail needs maintenance as there are many down trees. The gpx route of this trail is not accurate. You get many warnings for getting of route when you actually on the trail. Stats 12 miles and 3500 feet.

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Alix Soliman
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Incredible trail. The landscape changes dramatically as you climb in elevation, and you get to see it from multiple perspectives. The wildflowers in the meadows are incredible this time of year and the weather was impeccable. The trail had a few avoidable downed trees along the last few miles to reach the peak, but is otherwise well-maintained. Still a bit of snow at the top, but again, avoidable for the most part. I recommend splitting off to see upper Strawberry Lake and then coming back to the main trail and summiting Strawberry Mountain. The views are stunning and definitely worth the extra few miles! Keep a lookout for mountain goats as well, I saw two (white moving specks in the distance, but still!)

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Heather Montoya
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HikingBlowdownMuddySnow

The mileage for actual summit is 6.2 miles. Last 2 miles still had a fair amount of snow which included a very slick and steep section along a ridge. There was a couple parts that had quite a few downed trees. Seems after the waterfall the trail isn’t maintained too much. Still a beautiful hike that on a clear day you’d be able to see for forever. I recommend only those who know and are capable of snow hiking and trail finding do this early in the year. Otherwise best to wait until late summer.

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Sarah Massar
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HikingOver grownScrambleSnow

Fun hike! Starting hitting snow patches around 7000 ft. Quite a few downed trees so we had to go around them, but nothing terrible. Getting on top of the ridge was tricky because the trail is completely snowed over. We tried to scramble up further north where there were more rocks, big mistake! Would recommend going up the snow field as far south on the ridge as you can. Bring a rain-fly to sled down it on if you can! Peak is clear of snow.

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Rachel Breanne
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6/4/20 - 6/5/20 First time exploring Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. Hiked in and camped at Little Strawberry Lake, then summited Strawberry Mountain following day. The trail to mountain is snow covered majority of the way. The summit was clear of snow. Stunning vistas the entire way. Beautiful area.

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Wayne Davis
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I was born in Prairie City in 1928. Saw the railroad close and pickup tracks in 1935. Attended grade and graduated from high school in 1946. Worked in the creamery and the Texico and Standard Oil Service Station. Got a call from Uncle Sam in 1948 and left Prairie City for 4 years. Lived there a little while after the USAF and then moved on to Portland. Have vacationed there a number times through the years.Our house was where the Dishes are located on Reservoir Hill just above the Standard OIl station. A lot of great memories!!!

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Daniel S
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HikingBugsRocky

Absolutely stunning

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will costello
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this trail to the summit of strawberry mountain was incredible. i started at 7am and reached the summit by 11am however i did stop to take lots of pictures, rest, and i did get lost a few times. an experienced hiker could reach the summit in about 3 and a half hours. I hiked this in late july and there was still a lot of ice and snow on the trail, at one point about a mile away from the summit i had to climb the cliff because the trail was still snowed out and i didn’t want to risk sliding down to injury or possibly death. the thousands of butterflies were am added bonus. the decent was much quicker, about 3 hours.

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Bruce Nolen
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most beautiful area in the world as far as I am concerned.

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