Pine Creek Trail #201

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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: 10/12/2021: The trail is open. 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: 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.



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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. 

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  Area/Length : 
12.68 miles

  Elevation : 
6400 - 7200