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

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.

A great hike with amazing views

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

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.

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!

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.

backpacking
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.

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.

hiking
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

camping
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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