Roads End Trailhead is an easy walk to a spectacular view of the John Day Valley to the north and Bear Valley to the west and south. The entire length of the trail is on an old roadbed within the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This trail is the first section of the shortest route to the top of Strawberry Mountain. The end of this trail ties in with the Pine Creek Trail 201 to the west and the Onion Creek Trail 368 to the east. This 3-way intersection is "Roads End" landmark.
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.|
|Restrictions:||Wilderness Regulations apply|
|Closest Towns:||Seneca, OR|
|Information Center:||Prairie City Ranger District|
- From Prairie City, Oregon, turn onto South Main Street.
- Follow South Main Street to the junction with Bridge Street.
- Turn left onto Bridge Street and continue past the cemetery, the road then becomes County Road 62.
- Follow County Road 62 approximately 20 miles to the junction with Forest Road 16.
- Turn right onto Forest Road 16.
- Follow Forest Road 16 approximately 6 miles to the junction with Forest Road 1640.
- Turn right onto Forest Road 1640 and continue for approximately 11 miles to the Roads End Trailhead.
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Roads End Trail is a wonderful starting point for those looking for a single day hike. Follow Roads End Trail to the top of Strawberry Mountain, while enroute enjoy amazing views of John Day Valley to the north and Bear Valley to the west and south. From Roads End Trail hikers can connect with other trails in the are to see even more breath taking sites in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. Connect to High Lake Trail and Skyline Trail #385 to visit High Lake and Slide Lake. Connect with the Onion Creek Trail #368 to allow access to the Strawberry Basin Trail #375 and see Little Strawberry Lake, Strawberry Falls and Strawberry Lake.
This trail is used by horse back riders, please be prepared to share the trail.
Please remember that if you pack it in you must also pack it out. There is no garbage pick up at this site.
Horse riders will enjoy a beautiful ride, with views of the John Day Valley to the north and Bear Valley to the east west and south. Following an old road bed riders can take long pack trips into the wilderness by connecting with other trails such as the Pine Creek Trail #201 or a shorter ride by following the Skyline Trail #385 and connecting to others.
There is no stock water at the trailhead and water can become scarce in late July through September, please plan accordingly.
Hikers also use this trail please be prepared to share the trail.
Remember if you pack it in, you must pack it out there is no garbage service.
Wildlife viewing in the area is very good, a wide variety of animals call the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness home. Wildlife range from big game animals like Rocky Mountain Elk, Mule Deer and mountain goats to a wide variety of birds and smaller animals such as squirrels and chipmunks.
Visitors to the area will enjoy ponderosa pine, cenothis brush, and throughout the late spring and summer wildflowers bloom all through the area.
The Roads End Trail allows visitors to see spectacular views of the John Day Valley to the north and Bear Valley to the west and south. Looking out across the two vallies vistors can see beautiful meadows, mountains covered in stands of trees, amazing rock formations and a variety beautiful plants. A short hike off of the trail to allows visitors a beautiful view of High Lake.
This trail is the first section of the shortest route to the top of Strawberry Mountain. The of this trail ties in with Pine Creek Trail #201 to the west and the Onion Creek Trail #368 to the east. This 3-way section is "Roads End" landmark. It overlooks the Indian Creek Basin, which burned in the 1996 Wildcat Fire. The area is a great place for hikers and riders to see how nature recovers after a wildfire. Hiking along the trail and others that connect to Roads End Trail visitors can see how plants are going back in the area and flourishing once again.