Strawberry Mountain

John Day, Oregon 97845

Strawberry Mountain

Strawberry Mountain Professional Guide

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"The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is alpine country. The Strawberry Range, part of the discontinuous Blue Mountains, has rugged peaks and ridges that will delight any scrambler. The geology of the Strawberry Range is raw and colorful when you observe it up close. Glacial ice has left sharp ridges and peaks surrounding glacial valleys. Summer comes late to the Strawberries, and winter snows linger until mid-July. The wilderness has a mixture of lodgepole and ponderosa pine, true fir, and western larch.

Originally named for its color, Strawberry Mountain is the home to mule deer, elk, mountain lion, and a wide variety of birds. After the winter snows melt, the wilderness is full of colorful alpine wildflowers. 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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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Chris Van Tilburg
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Strawberry Mountain Reviews

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I hiked this trail and slept on the summit and had a great experience. I did get a little confused because after you round Strawberry Lake, you must briefly follow the sign left to Little Strawberry Lake. This guide also describes a shortcut scramble to the top, while the maps at the trailhead keep you to the designated trail (bear right at the final major fork to stay on the official trail). That makes this a 12-mile round trip instead of the 10 miles described here. Either way, this is a beautiful hike and not that strenuous considering you're getting above 9,000'. I summited in about 2 hours and 20 minutes, hiking quickly. This area near John Day seems to be somewhat forgotten, but that means you have more to yourself. From the summit, I could see the Wallowas and Elkhorns to the northeast, Steens Mt. to the southeast and Mts. Hood and Adams to the west/northwest as the sun set. Gorgeous.

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Trail Information

John Day
Nearby City
3,628 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
Best July to November
5,775 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,038 feet
Top Elevation
Malheur National Forest, Prairie City Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Strawberry Mountain
Local Maps

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Dec 2018