Strawberry Basin Trail #375

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Photo of strawberry trailhead area

Located within the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, this trail gives access to the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Lakes Basin and Strawberry Mountain, climbing through alpine woodland on a journey to lakes, peaks and waterfalls.

The Strawberry Basin Trail, along with Strawberry Campground, is one of our higher use areas. Anticipate other users during summer season and heavy use near holiday weekends. No parking for horse trailers allowed at trailhead. The road is fairly rough for passenger cars.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/11/2018: Winter weather conditions have arrived across the Malheur with persistent snow levels dropping to lower elevations. Forest Service roads are not plowed or maintained throughout the winter. Be equipped for rapidly changing weather situations (rain, mud, and snow), plan ahead, and travel prepared. Always let someone know of your plan and expected location. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. Trail condition reports are compiled from input as described by visitors and staff. Conditions can change very quickly on the Forest and what is listed here may not reflect what visitors actually encounter on the ground.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply. Motorized and mountain bike use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Prairie City, OR
Information Center: Prairie City Ranger District

General Information


There is ample parking at the campground for those wishing to hike or overnight back pack into the wilderness.

There is no parking available for horse trailers.  Please park at Slide Creek Campground or Slide Horse Campground 1 mile south of Strawberry Campground.


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, the second turn to the right after turning onto Bridge Street is also known as Bridge Street.  Turn right and follow Bridge Street to city limits.  At city limits the road becomes County Road 60.  Continue on County Road 60 for approximately 7 miles, the road then becomes Forest Road #6001.  Follow Forest Road #6001 for approximatley 2 miles to Strawberry Campground and Strawberry Basin Trailhead. This is an OPEN County road to the Forest boundary, then an open Forest Service road to the trailhead. Please respect private property to the Forest boundary.

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Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

The Strawberry Basin Trail allows hikers to connect to other trails and create a wonderful multiday hiking experience.  Starting at the Strawberry Basin Trail hikers can choose to hike into beautiful Strawberry Lake and then continue on to Strawberry Falls, and connect to Little Strawberry Trail #5003 to beautiful Little Strawberry Lake.

Hikers can stay on the Strawberry Basin Trail #375 and connect with the Onion Creek Trail #368. Hikers can then travel 0.2 miles to the peak area of Strawberry Mountain or head south towards Roads End Trail #201A allowing for further exploration in the west end of the wilderness. 

Hikers can also head east from Roads End Trailhead over to Skyline Trail #385 and connect to further trails allowing for a long loop hike and the opportunity to see multiple lakes and beautiful scenery.

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

The Strawberry Basin Trail is a great starting point for hikers looking for a wide variety of trail options.  From a short 1.4 mile hike up to Strawberry Lake to going further to Strawberry Falls and Little Strawberry Lake this trail travels through beautiful ponerosa pine trees past amazing geological features. 

For those wanting a longer hike take the Slide Basin Trail #372 just off of the Strawberry Basin Trail to explore the western part of the wilderness even further.  The Slide Basin Trail #372 gives access to other trails such as Skyline Trail #385 and even more beautiful geological features and other lakes such as Slide Lake, Little Slide Lake and High Lake.

Hiker walks past a wooden "USFS Strawberry Wilderness Area" sign up a wooded trail. Hiker gazes up in wonder at the 70' tall pour-over of Strawberry Falls. Ice chunks from the Spring's melt rest in the foreground.

Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.8 miles

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  Elevation : 
5800 - 6900