Strawberry Mountain

A scramble with a gentle 5-mile ascent with 3,200 feet of elevation gain and no technical requirements. Located east of John Day, Oregon, it is the highest point of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness in the Blue Mountains, and is considered the most seismically hazardous mountain in eastern Oregon.

getting there

From US-26 in Prairie City, OR, turn south onto S Main St.  Turn left onto SW Bridge St and then right onto S Bridge St. At city limits S Bridge St becomes County Road 60. Drive County Road 60 for ~7 miles where it becomes Forest Road 6001. Drive ~2 miles to Strawberry Campground and Strawberry Basin Trailhead (5,800 ft).

approach & ascent

Hike the Strawberry Basin Trail (No. 375), turning right at the first junction and then taking the left fork at next junction to get to Strawberry Lake. Follow the left trail around the lake. Camp here or continue up and turn left at the junction heading toward Little Strawberry Lake and camp. From camp at Strawberry Lake, turn right at the junction and continue to the ridge. Stay on the west side of the ridge and just below the crest. The ridge narrows with some exposure above 8,800 ft.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 2, Rock Scramble
  • Length: 10.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft
  • 9,038 ft
  • Land Manager: Malheur National Forest
    Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, Prairie City Ranger District (MNF)
  • Parking Permit Required: Northwest Forest Pass
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS Strawberry Mountain, OR
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