Buckhorn Meadows Trail #205

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail accesses Strawberry Mountain Wilderness and allows for relatively quick access to Wildcat Basin. There are unique geological formations of volcanic origin. Wildcat Spring in Wildcat Basin is one of the few good water sources in the area.

Parking is difficult, but not impossible for stock trailers. Stock water is available at trailhead, as well as tie stalls.

Buckhorn Meadows Trail Brochure

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/08/2021: The trail is open. Visitors should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Some roads become impassible due to snow, ice or mud during the winter months. Please if you Pack it in/Pack it out- anything you bring with you into the forest, please take home with you. This includes packing out all trash yours and others. Examples: cigarette butts, cans, bottles, and food. Please follow local and state health guidelines.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply. Motorized and mountain bike use prohibited.
Closest Towns: John Day, OR
Information Center: Prairie City Ranger District

General Information


From the town of John Day, OR., travel south on US highway 395 for approximately 10 miles to the junction with County Road 65. Turn left onto County Road 65 follow for approximately 7 miles, the road then becomes  Forest Road 15.  Continue on Forest Road 15 approximately 1 mile to the junction with Forest Road 1520.  Follow Forest Road 1520 for approximately 4.5 miles to the trailhead.  The trailhead is about a mile beyond Canyon Meadows Campground. (area is unavailable)

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  Area/Length : 
2.7 miles

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  Elevation : 
6000 - 7000