05/05/2016: Slide Creek Campground is open. The road leading to Strawberry Campground and the Strawberry Basin Trailhead is closed by a gate. Visitors are welcome to hike and snow shoe beyond the gate. Some areas of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness are still closed. Campground maintenance has not begun for the 2016 season.
This trail is not in the wilderness, however the trail leading from this campground travels into the wilderness. Wilderness Regulations apply. Motorized and mountain bike use prohibited.
Prairie City, OR
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From Prairie City, OR., turn onto South Main Street. Follow South Main Street to the junction with Bridge Street. Turn left onto Bridge Street, on the right the second turn will be Bridge Street again, turn onto Bridge Street. Follow Bridge Street to the city limits, the road then becomes County Road 60 continue on County Road 60 for approximately 7 miles the road then becomes Forest Road 6001. Continue on Forest Road 6001 for approximately 1 mile, the campground will be on the left.
Slide Creek Campground offers excellent access to the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. Slide Connector Trail #386 starts at Slide Creek Campground. This trail leads into the wilderness connecting to other trails for multiple options for hikes. The trail is very popular with horse riders.
Hikers can connect to the Skyline Trail #385, if hikers were to head east on the Skyline Trail they could enjoy a 17.8 mile hike, this is not a loop trail. Once connected to the Skyline Trail hikers can head north west and connect to Slide Basin Trail #372 allowing for access to other trails, leading to multiple lakes in the wilderness.
During fall and early winter this campground is popular with big game hunters. Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule deer are very popular game for hunters in the area. For regulations and license information please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.