Slide Connector Trail #386


Area Status: Not Cleared
  

The trail starts at Slide Creek Campground just across from Slide Horse Campground and then travels along Slide Creek leading into the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.  Visitors will travel along the creek past Aspen trees leading into the wilderness through beautiful Ponderosa Pine trees.  The hard packed earth trail connects with Skyline Trail #385, allowing for many different options for longer hikes and rides.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 4/26/24: Expect snow on the trail. 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.  Please use certified weed free hay and take what you do not use home.
Closest Towns: Prairie City, OR.
Water: Stream
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Parking:

Parking for this trail is at the Slide Creek Campground or Slide Horse Campground.


Directions:

From Prairie City, OR., turn onto South Main Street.  Follow South Main Street to the juntion with Bridge Street. Turn left onto Bridge Street, from Bridge Street turn onto the first right hand turn.  This is also Bridge Street.  Follow Bridge Street to the city limits.  The road then becomes County Road 60.  Follow County Road 60 approximately 9 miles the road then turns into Forest Road 6001.  The trailhead is at Slide Creek Campground approximately 0.5 miles on Forest Road 6001. 


Activities

Day Hiking

Hikers can enjoy a beautiful hike along the Slide Connector Trail #386.  The trail starts at Slide Creek Campground about a mile south of Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.  Starting at the campground hikers will follow along Slide Creek, past Aspen trees leading into the wilderness through stands of Ponderosa Pine trees.  Hikers can connect with Skyline Trail #385, following Skyline Trail for approximately 0.5 miles hikers can then connect to Slide Basin Shortcut Trail #5005.  From Slide Basin Shortcut Trail #5005 hikers can then connect to Strawberry Basin Trail #375 and go into beautiful Strawberry Lake or head south to Strawberry Campground to Forest Road #6001 which will lead back to Slide Creek Campground

The trail is a good way to connect to Skyline Trail #385 allowing hikers to create a longer trip.  Heading west on Skyline Trail #385 hikers can connecto to Slide Basin Trail #372 and head northwest to Slide Lake.  Staying on Skyline Trail #385 hikers can continue on to High Lake stopping to enjoy the beautiful lake before heading to the High Lake Trailhead.  From the High Lake Trailhead hikers can leave the trail for a short distance to reach Roads End Trail #201A.  At the trailhead for Roads End Trail #201A hikers are greated scenic views of beautiful valleys including Bear Valley, the John Day Valley and Logan Valley.

If you pack it into the wilderness please remember to pack it out.  There is no garbage service.

This trail is used by horse back riders, please be prepared to share the trail.

Backpacking

Those wishing to backpack into the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness can start at Slide Creek Campground to take Slide Connector Trail #386 following along Slide Creek passing Aspen trees, leading into the wilderness where hikers will then head into a beautifully timbered area of Ponderosa Pine.

Those looking for a multiple day backpacking experience can connect the Skyline Trail #385.  Hikers can follow Skyline Trail east and enjoy a 17.8 mile hike one way, this is not a loop hike.  Traveling northwest hikers can connect with Slide Basin Trail #372 to beautiful Slide Lake and Little Slide Lake. 

Staying on Skyline Trail #385 hikers can then continue on to High Lake and High Lake Trailhead.  Leaving the trail hikers can then connect to Roads End Trail #201A.  From Roads End Trail #201A the options for further hikes into the west end of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness are numerous or head down Roads End Trail #201A to connect with Onion Creek Trail #368 which allows hikers the opportunity to follow the trail all the way down to Forest Road #6001 then travel .25 of a mile to Slide Creek Campground or take Strawberry Basin Trail #375 to Little Strawberry Lake, Strawberry Falls, and Strawberry Lake.

Backpackers have many different options for multiple hikes or longer loop hikes throughout the wilderness.

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

Horse Riding

Horse back riders will enjoy the Slide Connector Trail.  The trail starts at Slide Creek Campground and follows Slide Creek for roughly a mile past beautiful Aspen trees before heading into the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness and into scenic timber of Ponderosa Pine.  Riders can connect to many trails allowing for single day or multiday hikes. 

Riders wanting a longer single day hike can connect with Skyling Trail #385 for roughly another 17.8 miles.  This is not a loop trail and water becomes scarce.

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

Use only weed free certified hay, please remove any unused hay when leaving the area.

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
3.795