Strawberry Mountain and Strawberry Lake Via Strawberry Basin Trail

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Strawberry Mountain and Strawberry Lake Via Strawberry Basin Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Prairie City, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from August until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3523 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

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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A great hike with amazing views

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8 months ago

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. The way up to the summit had fantastic views of the Wilderness. The trail turns into shale rock once you meet up with the Onion creek trail. It's fairly loose the higher you get on your way to the summit. But it's worth it!

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Saturday, August 27, 2016