Pine Creek Trail #201

Area Status: Unreachable

This trail provides access to the backbone of the Strawberry Mountains within Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.  Hores back riders and hikers can enjoy this trail set amongst Ponderosa Pines in the wilderness.  Hikers and horse back riders can each enjoy a day hike or connect to other trails in the wilderness for longer multiday hikes and rides.  The trail was burned over in 2015, visitors should be prepared for downed trees and other hazards.  This dirt surface trail has an 800 foot elevation gain. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visitors should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Please remember that if you pack it in, please pack it out with you.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply. Motorized and mountain bike use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Prairie City, OR
Information Center: Prairie City Ranger District

General Information


From Prairie City, OR., travel west approximately 6 miles on US Highway 26 to the junction with County Road 54.  Follow County Road 54, which becomes Forest Service Road 5401. Follow Forest Service Road 5401 approximatley 2 miles to the junction of Forest Service Road 811 all the way to the Pine Creek Trailhead.


Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

Day hikers will find numerous opportunities to experience a beautiful hike through the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.  The Pine Creek Trail #201 is 12.68 miles in length and is not a loop trail on it's own. 

Longer day hikes can be had by connecting to other trails such as the Canyon Mountain Trail #218 heading west, which connects to even more trails.


Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

Visitors to the area can enjoy multiday backpacking trips.  Starting at the Pine Creek Trailhead, visitors can follow the Pine Creek Trail to connect to other trails for a multitude of options. 

Hikers can travel approximately 4 miles to the junction with the Canyon Mountain Trail #218 allowing for further trail connections heading west and longer hikes.  Hikers can stay on the Pine Creek trail heading east to reach the Road End Trailhead.  Continue heading east to connect to the High Lake Trailhead which is the starting point for the Skyline Trail #385 and make a loop seeing a number of various lakes in the wilderness including High Lake, Slide Lake then Strawberry Lake, Strawberry Falls and Little Strawberry Lake before connecting to the Strawberry Basin Trail #375 tying into the Onion Creek Trail #368 which will connect back to Pine Creek Trail #201 at Roads End Trailhead. 

These trails are also used by horse back riders, please be prepared to share the trail. 

Remember that if you pack it in please pack it out. 

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:

For horse back riders there is a very nice tie stall located at the Pine Creek Trailhead, two campsites have been re-opened since a fire burned through the area in 2015.  There is a picnic table and fire ring at each campsite.  A new trailhead sign has been placed at the start of the trail into the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. 

Riders can travel the 12.68 mile Pine Creek Trail or connect to other trails such as the Canyon Mountain Trail #218 to the west or continue on the Pine Creek Trail to Roads End Trailhead and connect with other trails further east. 

This trail is also used by hikers, please be prepared to share the trail.

Remember that if you pack it in please pack it out. 

Viewing Wildlife

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:

Visitors to the area have the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife.  Animals living in the area range from big game animals such as Rocky Mountain Elk, mule deer and big horn sheep to a variety of birds such as sparrows, magpies and predatory birds like eagles and hawks.  Smaller creatures such as squirrels and chipmunks can be seen throughout the wilderness.

Viewing Plants

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Plants:

Visitors to the area will enjoy traveling through stands of ponderosa pine trees.  A variety of vegetation can be seen along the trail, including wildflowers that bloom from late spring throughout the summer.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
12.68 miles

  Elevation : 
6400 - 7200