My friends in the John Day area raved about the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, so when my travels found me on Highway 26 in northeastern Oregon, I knew it was my opportunity to explore yet another area.
My friend enticed me to the area with the promise of larch trees.
I’d seen them turn yellow earlier this season, but seeing their reflection in an alpine lake was also on my bucket list. I was hopeful, but with an intermittent weather day, I wasn’t overly optimistic.
- Date Hiked: 10/10/16
- Mileage: 7+ miles round trip
- Elevation Gain/Loss: approximately 2000′
- Trail Conditions: Near excellent (gentle grade, no down trees, but a lot of deadfall in the forest, heavy use by horses, nothing too technical)
- Solitude: Saw one couple near the trailhead
- Bugs: None
- Precip: Intermittent
- Temp: Chilly and damp
- Jan’s Cherry Picker Delight Scale: 4 cherries (out of 5)
- Jan’s Jaunts in Oregon
- Oregon Hikers – Strawberry Mountain Loop Hike (NOTE: the 2015 Canyon Creek Fire did NOT reach the trail from the campground to Little Strawberry Lake)
- USFS – Strawberry Mountain Wilderness
- USFS – Strawberry Basin Trail #375
- USFS – Strawberry Campground