Strawberry Basin Trail #375

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Photo of strawberry trailhead area

This trail, in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, gives access to the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Lakes Basin and Strawberry Mountain. The dirt path trail pasess through a beautifully wooded area climbing 1000 feet in elevation and leading to lakes, and waterfalls.

This trail is a heavy use area. The trail is busiest on weekends and holidays. No parking for horse trailers allowed at trailhead. The road is fairly rough for passenger cars.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/11/2015: Strawberry Basin Trail is open, however trail maintenance has not begun for the 2015 season. Visitors will encounter patches of snow, and downed trees on the trail.
Open Season: June
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply. Motorized and mountain bike use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Prairie City, OR
Information Center: Prairie City Ranger District

General Information

Parking:

There is ample parking at the campground for those wishing to hike or overnight back pack into the wilderness.

There is no parking available for horse trailers.  Please park at Slide Creek Campground or Slide Horse Campground 1 mile south of Strawberry Campground.


Directions:

From the town of Prairie City, OR., turn onto South Main Street.  Follow South Main Street to the junction with Bridge Street.  Turn left onto Bridge Street, the second turn to the right after turning onto Bridge Street is also known as Bridge Street.  Turn right and follow Bridge Street to city limits.  At city limits the road becomes County Road 60.  Continue on County Road 60 for approximately 7 miles, the road then becomes Forest Road #6001.  Follow Forest Road #6001 for approximatley 2 miles to Strawberry Campground and Strawberry Basin Trailhead. This is an OPEN County road to the Forest boundary, then an open Forest Service road to the trailhead. Please respect private property to the Forest boundary.


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Activities


Hiking

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Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

The Strawberry Basin Trail is a great starting point for hikers looking for a wide variety of trail options.  From a short 1.4 mile hike up to Strawberry Lake to going further to Strawberry Falls and Little Strawberry Lake this trail travels through beautiful ponerosa pine trees past amazing geological features. 

For those wanting a longer hike take the Slide Basin Trail #372 just off of the Strawberry Basin Trail to explore the western part of the wilderness even further.  The Slide Basin Trail #372 gives access to other trails such as Skyline Trail #385 and even more beautiful geological features and other lakes such as Slide Lake, Little Slide Lake and High Lake.

Backpacking

Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

The Strawberry Basin Trail allows hikers to connect to other trails and create a wonderful multiday hiking experience.  Starting at the Strawberry Basin Trail hikers can choose to hike into beautiful Strawberry Lake and then continue on to Strawberry Falls, and connect to Little Strawberry Trail #5003 to beautiful Little Strawberry Lake.

Hikers can stay on the Strawberry Basin Trail #375 and connect with the Onion Creek Trail #368. Hikers can then travel 0.2 miles to the peak area of Strawberry Mountain or head south towards Roads End Trail #201A allowing for further exploration in the west end of the wilderness. 

Hikers can also head east from Roads End Trailhead over to Skyline Trail #385 and connect to further trails allowing for a long loop hike and the opportunity to see multiple lakes and beautiful scenery.

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
2.8 miles

  Latitude : 
44.319677

  Longitude : 
-118.6737

  Elevation : 
5800 - 6900