Recreation

Camping Facts and Guidelines

Malheur National Forest Campground Brochure

  • There is no fee for day use on the Malheur National Forest
  • There is a14 day camping limit in developed sites (developed campgrounds)
  • A 30 day stay limit is in place for dispersed sites (non-developed campgrounds)
  • All campgrounds are first come first serve except for the group camping site at Magone Lake. Reservations can be made at https://www.recreation.gov/

Dispersed Camping
Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest outside of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no picnic tables, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates. Typically, dispersed camping is not allowed in the immediate vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas or trailheads. There are extra responsibilities and skills that are necessary for dispersed camping. It's your responsibility to know these before you try this new experience.

 

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alder Springs Camp Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Alder Springs Camp is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Arch Rock Trail #258 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Arch Rock Trail #258 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.  
Big Creek Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Big Creek Campground is open and the water has been turned on for the season! Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Big Creek Trail #377 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Big Creek Trail #377 is open, 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.
Big Creek/Snowshoe Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Big Creek/Snowshoe Trailhead is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Big Creek/Summit Prairie Trail #B5053 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Big Creek/Summit Prairie Trail #5053 is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.  
Billy Fields Forest Camp Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Billy Fields Forest Camp is open, and easily accessible from Forest Road 21. This site, sitting just below the main Forest Road, along the stream, is heavily shaded and offers campfire rings, picnic tables, and a restroom.
Buck Spring Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Buck Spring Campground is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Buckhorn Meadows Trail #205 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Buckhorn Meadows Trail #205 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Buckhorn Meadows Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Buckhorn Meadows Trailhead is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Canyon Mountain Trail #218 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Canyon Mountain Trail #218 is open. Please note, this portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Cedar Grove Botanical Area Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Cedar Grove Botanical Area is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Cedar Grove Trail #203A Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Cedar Grove Trail #203 is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Bring your bug spray! 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.  
Craft Cabin Trail #319 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Craft Cabin Trail #319 is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.  
Crane Creek Trail #5024 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Crane Creek Trail #381 is open. Visitors may encounter snowy or muddy conditions. Crane Creek Trail ties into the North Fork Malheur River Trail and offers additional extended recreational opportunities for those in the area. Mountain bikers may enjoy creating a loop from the North Fork Malheur Trail, Crane Creek Trail, and NF Roads 809, 1600, and 1675. 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.  
Crane Crossing Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Crane Crossing is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Crescent Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Crescent Campground open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Davis Creek Trail #244 Open to Visitor 8/13/2018: Davis Creek Trail #244 is open. Logging is currently ongoing in the Davis Creek Trail area.  Part of the trail runs through a logging unit. As we enter the IFPL 4 the contractor will shut down skidding in the unit and will make sure the trail is useable through the unit during the shutdown.  Users will see skid trails, downed trees and lots of logging slash.  Loading operations will still be ongoing as the contractor has a waiver to haul timber from the unit.  Visitors should be aware that there could be hazards along the trail in the area of the unit such as, but not limited to, log trucks, overhead branches, suspended trees, loosened trees that could fall, excessive dust, bees and slash.  Please use caution while recreating in this area.  
Davis Creek West Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Davis Creek West Trailhead is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.  
Deer Creek Guard Station Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Deer Creek Guard Station is open for the season. To make reservations please visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Deerhorn Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Deerhorn Campground is open and cleared for the season. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Delintment Lake Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Delintment Lake Campground is open and camp hosts are on site for the season. Visitors may encounter muddy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Devine Summit Trail #318 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Devine Summit Trail #318 is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.  
Dixie Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Dixie Campground open and cleared for the season. Visitors should always be prepared for rapidly changing spring weather conditions and plan ahead.
East Davis Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: East Davis Creek Trailhead is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.  
East Fork Canyon Creek Trail #211 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: East Fork Canyon Creek Trail #211 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
East Fork Canyon Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: East Fork Canyon Creek Trailhead is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Elk Creek Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Elk Creek Campground is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions enroute to this destination.
Emigrant Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Emigrant Campground is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
FL Springs Trail #B-5065 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: FL Springs Trail #5065 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Fall Mountain Lookout Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Fall Mountain Lookout is now open for the season. This site does not have an outdoor campfire ring, please do not build campfires at this site.  To make reservations please visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Falls Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Falls Campground is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Field's Peak Trail #212 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Field's Peak Trail #212 is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. The Field's Peak Trail is part of the larger Riley Creek / Field's Peak / McClellan Mountain trail system. This route offers spectacular mountain vistas of the John Day Valley and Aldrich Mountains. 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.  
Head O' Boulder Forest Camp Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Head O'Boulder Forest Camp is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Horseshoe Trail #363 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Horseshoe Trail #363 is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.  
Huddleston Snowpark Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Huddleston Sno-Park is open. A SnoPark pass is required to use the parking area at Huddleston from November 1st to April 30th. For maps of snowmobile trails in the area please visit the Grant County Snowballers.
Idlewild Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Idlewild Campground is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. The road leading to the area may become impassible due to snow drift and mud during the spring months. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Idlewild Loop Trail #317 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Idlewild Loop Trail #317 is open. Visitors may encounter snowy or muddy conditions. 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.  
Indian Creek Trail #364 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Indian Creek Trail #364 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Indian Creek Trail #5001 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Indian Creek Trail #5001 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Indian Rock Trail Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Indian Rock Trail is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. This Scenic Area offers superb back-country camping and backpacking opportunities with abundant opportunities for solitude. All trails within the Vinegar Hill Scenic Area can be connected with neighboring routes to the north in the Umatilla National Forest - offering extended recreational opportunities. Due to low visitation, trails within this area are often very rugged with limited maintenance. Navigational skills are necessary for back-country travel here. 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.
Joaquin Miller Horse Camp Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Joaquin Miller Horse Camp is open.Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Joaquin Miller Trail #219 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Joaquin Miller Trail #219 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Lake Creek Trail #378 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Lake Creek Trail #378 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Little Crane Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Little Crane Campground is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Little Malheur Trail #366 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Little Malheur Trail #366 is open, however, visitors may encounter snowy and/or muddy conditions the last 1/4 mile to the trailhead. A permit is not necessary to backpack or camp in this Wilderness Area. Visitors should anticipate heavy burn scaring due to the recent Rail Wildfire. Tree fall will be prevalent. Be mindful of where you camp and rest.
Little Strawberry Trail #5003 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Little Strawberry Trail #5003 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Logan Valley Interpretive Site Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Logan Valley Interpretive Site is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Lower Camp Creek Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Lower Camp Creek Campground is open and cleared for the season. Visitors should always be prepared for rapidly changing spring weather conditions and plan ahead.
Magone Lake Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Magone Lake Campground is open and the water has been turned on! Campground hosts are on site and ready for the wonderful season ahead. To reserve the group site, visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Magone Lake Trail #352 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Magone Lake Trail #352 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing spring weather conditions and plan ahead.
Magone Slide Trail #353 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Magone Slide Trail #353 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing spring weather conditions and plan ahead.
Magone Slide Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Magone Slide Trailhead is open.
Malheur Ford Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Malheur Ford Trailhead is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.  
Malheur River Trail #303 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Malheur River Trail #303 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.  
Malheur Wild and Scenic River Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Malheur Wild and Scenic River is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
McClellan Mountain Trail #216 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: McClellan Mountain Trail #216 is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. The McClellan Mountain Trail is part of the larger Riley Creek / Field's Peak / McClellan trail system. This route offers spectacular mountain vistas of the John Day Valley and Aldrich Mountains. 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.
McClellan Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: McClellan Trailhead is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Meadow Fork Trail #376 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Meadow Fork Trail #376 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Middle Fork Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Middle Fork Campground is open and cleared for the season Visitors should always be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Monument Rock Wilderness: Malheur Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: The Monument Rock Wilderness is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. The road leading to the area may become impassible due to snow drift and mud during the spring months. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. A permit is not necessary to backpack or camp in this Wilderness Area.

Visitors should anticipate heavy burn scaring due to the recent Rail Wildfire. Tree fall will be prevalent. Be mindful of where you camp and rest.

Mud Lake A Trail #5008 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Mud Lake Trail #5008 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Mud Lake Trail #379 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Mud Lake Trail #379 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Murderer's Creek Guard Station Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Murderers Creek Guard Station open! For further information, and to make reservations visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. This site does not have an outdoor campfire ring, please do not build a campfire at this site.
Murray Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Murray Campground is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Myrtle Creek Trail #308 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Myrtle Creek Trail #308 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Nipple Butte Trail #346 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Nipple Butte Trail #346 is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Nipple Butte and the surrounding area, offers access to exceptional vistas of the John Day Valley and is well worth a visit. 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.
North Fork Malheur Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: North Fork Malheur Campground is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
North Fork Malheur Trail #381 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: North Fork Malheur Trail is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. This trail offers exceptional mountain biking opportunity and access to the Malheur Wild and Scenic River. Mountain bikers may enjoy creating a loop from the North Fork Malheur Trail, Crane Creek Trail, and NF Roads 809, 1600, and 1675. 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.
North Fork Malheur Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: North Fork Malheur Wild & Scenic River area open.
Onion Creek Trail #368 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Onion Creek Trail #368 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Please use caution and plan ahead. 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.
Oregon Mine Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Oregon Mine Campground open and cleared for the season. Visitors should always be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Parish Cabin Campground Open to Visitor 8/14/2018: Parish Cabin Campground is open and the water is on for the season. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Pine Creek Trail #201 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Pine Creek Trail #201 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Pine Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Pine Creek Trailhead is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Pine Spring Fire Overlook Trail Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Pine Springs Fire Overlook Trail is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Pine Springs Overlook Observation Site Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Pine Springs Overlook Observation Site is open.
Princess Trailhead West Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Princess Trailhead West is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. This Scenic Area offers superb back-country camping and backpacking opportunities with abundant opportunities for solitude. All trails within the Vinegar Hill Scenic Area can be connected with neighboring routes to the north in the Umatilla National Forest - offering extended recreational opportunities. Due to low visitation, trails within this area are often very rugged with limited maintenance. Navigational skills are necessary for back-country travel here. 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.
Riley Creek Trail #216 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Riley Creek Trail #216 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Roads End Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Road's End is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Rock Springs Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Rock Springs Campground is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Sheep Creek Trail #371 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Sheep Creek Trail #371 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Short Creek Guard Station Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Short Creek Guard Station open. To make reservations please contact www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Skyline Trail #385 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Skyline Trail #385 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Skyline Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Skyline Trail is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Slide Basin Shortcut Trail #5005 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Slide Basin Shortcut Trail #5005 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Slide Basin Tie In Trail #5006 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Slide Basin Tie in Trail #5006 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Slide Basin Trail #372 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Slide Basin Trail #372 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Slide Connector Trail #386 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Slide Connector Trail #386 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Slide Creek Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Slide Creek Campground is open for the season.
Slide Horse Camp Open to Visitor 06/12/2018: Slide Horse Campground open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Slide Lake Trail #5007 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Slide Lake Trail #5007 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Snowshoe Trail #380 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Snowshoe Trail #380 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Starr Bowl Snowplay Area Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Starr Snow Bowl is open.  TripCheck and for snow depth and precipitation throughout the state please visit SnoTel.
Starr Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Starr Campground open and easily accessible from Highway 395 South.
Starr Sno-Park Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Starr Sno-Park is open. Sno-Park Permit is required for parking in the Starr Sno-Park between November 1st and April 30th. For more information on groomed snowmobile trails in the area please visit the Grant County Snowballers page.
Starvation Trail #374 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Starvation Trail #374 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Strawberry Basin Trail #375 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Strawberry Basin Trail #375 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Strawberry Basin Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Strawberry Basin Trailhead is open.Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Strawberry Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Strawberry Campground is open and the water is on! Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Strawberry Lake Trail #5004 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Strawberry Lake Trail #5004 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not required for camping overnight in the wilderness. Please follow fire restrictions and practice Leave No Trace ethics. 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.
Summit Trail #5002 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Summit Trail #5002 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Sumpter Valley Interpretive Trail #260 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: The Sumpter Valley Interpretive Trail is open for the season.
Sunrise Butte Trail #255 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Sunrise Butte Trail #255 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. This Scenic Area offers superb back-country camping and backpacking opportunities with abundant opportunities for solitude. All trails within the Vinegar Hill Scenic Area can be connected with neighboring routes to the north in the Umatilla National Forest - offering extended recreational opportunities. Due to low visitation, trails within this area are often very rugged with limited maintenance. Navigational skills are necessary for back-country travel here. 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.
Sunshine Flat Trail #369 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Sunshine Flat Trail #369 is open. 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.
Sunshine Guard Station Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Sunshine Guard Station is open. To make reservations please visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Swick Old Growth Interpretive Site Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Swick Old Growth is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Table Mountain A #5000 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Table Mountain Trail #5000 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Table Mountain Trail #217 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Table Mountain Trail #217 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area.
Table Mountain Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Table Mountain Trailhead is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Table Rock Trail #365 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Table Rock Trail #365 is open. Visitors may encounter muddy and snowy conditions. The road leading to the area may become impassible due to snow drift and mud during the spring months. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. A permit is not necessary to backpack or camp in this Wilderness Area.

Visitors should anticipate heavy burn scaring due to the recent Rail Wildfire. Tree fall will be prevalent. Be mindful of where you camp and rest.

Tamarack Creek Trail #202 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Tamarack Creek Trail is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
Tempest Mine Trail #256 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Tempest Mine Trail #256 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. This Scenic Area offers superb back-country camping and backpacking opportunities with abundant opportunities for solitude. All trails within the Vinegar Hill Scenic Area can be connected with neighboring routes to the north in the Umatilla National Forest - offering extended recreational opportunities. Due to low visitation, trails within this area are often very rugged with limited maintenance. Navigational skills are necessary for back-country travel here. 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.
Trout Farm Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Trout Farm Campground is now open. The water has been turned on and the site has been cleared for the season. Visitors should always be prepared for rapidly changing spring weather conditions and plan ahead.
Trout Farm Trail #370 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Trout Farm Trail #370 is open and the water is on.
Vinegar Hill Indian Rock Scenic Area Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: The Vinegar Hill-Indian Rock Scenic Area is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. This Scenic Area offers superb back-country camping and backpacking opportunities with abundant opportunities for solitude.  Many trails within the scenic area can be connected with routes within the John Day Wilderness within the Umatilla National Forest - offering extended recreational opportunities. Due to low visitation, trails within this area are often very rugged with limited maintenance. Navigational skills are necessary for back-country travel here.  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.  
West Fork Pine Creek Trail #200 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: West Fork Pink Creek Trail #200 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Permits are not needed to backpack in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This portion of the Strawberry Wilderness was burned in the 2015 Canyon Complex Fire. Downed trees may be prevalent at various points along this trail. Visitors can expect to see new vegetation returning to the burned area. 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.
West Myrtle Creek Trail #314 Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: West Myrtle Creek Trail #314 is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead. 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.
Wickiup Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Wickiup Campground is open. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and plan ahead.
Yellowjacket Campground Open to Visitor 6/12/2018: Yellowjacket Campground is open and camp hosts are on site for the season.

Spotlights

Strawberry Mountain Wilderness

Young Women hiking up Strawberry Basin Trail. A Wilderness boundary sign rests against a large tree

The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is located east of John Day, Oregon, in the Malheur National Forest. The area includes approximately 68,700 acres and encompasses the headwaters of Pine, Indian, Strawberry, Canyon, Bear, Lake, Wall, Roberts, and Big Creek. The area is dominated by the Strawberry Mountain Range with the highest point being Strawberry Mountain. This area has extremely diverse ecological makeup. Five of the seven major life zones in North America can be found here. It also supports native population of Rocky Mountain Elk and other wildlife. The additions including the Canyon Creek Research Natural Area have improved both the quantity and the quality of the wilderness experience.


The complex geological story of this landscape began millions of years ago with the buckling of an ancient sea floor beneath the area where the western part of the Strawberry Range now rises. Much later, volcanic ash and lava formed the eastern part of the range. Most recently, the glacial ice carved its classic signature--U-shaped valleys--into the mountains. The ice also hollowed out the rock beds that today hold the seven alpine lakes of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness--rare pleasures in the arid wilderness experience.

In a normal year, most people use the Wilderness between July and November. Snow may be encountered at higher elevations any time of the year. The climate from September is mostly mild, with clear skies. Summertime thunderstorms may occur, usually in cycles lasting several days. Daytime temperatures normally range between 30 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit; nights are cool. Freezing temperatures can occur any time of the year. When you go to the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, be prepared for hiking in the high country. The land is rugged, and elevations range from 4,000 to the 9,038-foot summit of Strawberry Mountain. Over a hundred miles of trails cross the wilderness, offering vista after vista to the enterprising hiker. 

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Highlights