05/31/2016: Strawberry Campground is open.
The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Area was largely burned in last season's Canyon Creek Complex Fires. Many of the trails within the wilderness area have yet to be cleared of down debris as a result from this most recent burn. It will take some time for all impacted trails and resources to receive appropriate maintenance. While all trails are currently open to foot and horse traffic, some roads are currently closed due to tree hazard removal projects. Be sure to reference an up to date Canyon Creek Complex Fire closure map when planning any activities in the area.
Use due caution when exploring the wilderness. Watch out for hazard trees and be careful where you stop, rest and setup camp.
Current snow line can be found intermittently above 6300'. A strong warming pattern will see to the quick diminishment of our current snow loads. Self-arrest equipment may be desirable for high alpine pursuits.
$8/Night for single unit, $4/Night for extra vehicle
Prairie City, OR
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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. After turning onto Bridge Street travel 0.2 miles to the second right turn which is Bridge Street again. Turn right onto Bridge Street and continue out of city limits, the road becomes County Road 60 at city limits. Continue on County Road 60 for approximately 7 miles the road then becomes Forest Service Road #6001. Travel on Forest Road #6001 for approximately 2 miles to the campground.
This is an OPEN County road to the Forest boundary, then an open FS road to the campground. Please respect private property to the Forest boundary.
The last mile of road leading to the campground and trailhead to Strawberry Lake is very narrow, steap and after rains becomes very rutted.
Stream fishing is good in Strawberry Creek which runs along the campground. Rainbow Trout are the predominent fish caught in the creek. For information on fishing regulation and licenses please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Strawberry Campground is an excellent base camp for hikers wishing to backpack in to a designated wilderness area. From the campground hikers can access numerous trails from Strawberry Basin Trail #375, the trailhead is located at the campground. Strawberry Basin Trail connects to Slide Lake Trail #385 which leads to Slide Lake, other trails that connect to Slide Lake Trail #385, allow backpackers to do a loop of roughly 17 miles. The 17 mile hike leads past 3 lakes, water falls and across various types of beautifully stunning terrain. More options for longer backpacking trips exist for those who take other trails off of Strawberry Basin Trail #375, such as the Onion Creek Trail #201 which traverses up near the peak of Strawberry Mountain. This trail connects to many others that lead west and further into the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.
Hikers looking for nice day hikes will find numerous opportunities from Strawberry Campground. From Strawberry Basin Trail #375 hikers can hike approximatley 1 and 1/2 miles on the dirt trail, climbing roughly 1,000 feet in elevation, to Strawberry Lake. From Strawberry Lake, continue on Strawberry Basin Trail #375 to Little Strawberry Lake and Strawberry Falls. This is a beautiful hike that opens up in late June early July. Many other options for day hikes are available and each just as beautiful as the last.
Big Game Hunting
Hunting for Rocky Mountain Elk and mule deer is very popular in the area in the fall and into the winter months. For regulations and license information please visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Visitors to the area can enjoy multiple opportunities to see wildlife in the area. A wide variety of animals call the area home including big game animals such as Rocky Mountain Elk, mule deer, black bear, cougar and mountain goats. Bird watchers can enjoy a wide variety of birds from small sparrows to larger birds of prey such as hawks and eagles. Smaller creatures such as squirrels and chipmunks are abundant in the area and can be seen in the campground.