Peak 8511

John Day, Oregon 97845

Peak 8511

Peak 8511 Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, in Oregon’s Blue Mountains, contains several unnamed ridges and peaks. Peak 8511 is at the north end of a rocky ridge that divides the Slide Lake basin from the Little and Big Riner Basins. This ridge is shaped like a big capital H, with a south and north peak. This scramble takes you north through the Mud Lake basin along Meadow Fork Big Creek. Hiking the approach to the lake you will pass through a lush forest alongside the fast-moving creek, including a couple of sections with magical waterfalls.

There are woodpeckers, elk, and grouse around for observant hikers. The continental climate of the Strawberry Wilderness almost guarantees a short hiking season and beautiful wildflowers in midsummer after the snow melts off. Special considerations: This is a popular big-game hunting area in late summer and fall; wear bright colors during hunting season."

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Trail Information

John Day
Nearby City
2,577 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
7 hours
Best July to October
5,945 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,511 feet
Top Elevation
Malheur National Forest, Prairie City Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Strawberry Mountain
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018