|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Boise, ID|
|Convenient Center:||John Day, Oregon|
Thanks to Kelly Canaday for adding this peak.
Strawberry Mountain is located in Eastern Oregon. It is 9,038 feet tall making it the tallest point in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness and the 28th highest mountain in the state of Oregon. Strawberry Mountain is also a part of the Malheur National Forest.
There are 3 main trails to reach the summit. From the south you can take a 3.6 mile trail from Road 1640. From the northeast it can be accessed via the Onion Creek Trail off Road 6001 and the trail is 4.9 miles long. In my opinion, the best and most scenic route is the 6.5 mile long route from the Strawberry Basin which also starts from the northeast. This route passes Strawberry Lake, Strawberry Falls and many viewpoints, meadows and ridges. This route starts at the Strawberry Campground which can also be used as a starting point for the Onion Creek Trail but adds another mile to the trip. For a more complete list of the trails in the area, click here.
Wherever you come from, you need to get to Prairie City, OR.
From the east (Idaho) take Interstate 84 to Baker City, OR. From Baker City, take Highway 7 west to Highway 26. 16 miles west is Prairie City.
From the north (Pendleton) take Highway 395 south to Mt. Vernon, OR. From here take Highway 26 east 21 miles to Prairie City.
From the south, well I would not imagine there are too many people coming from the south, but get to Highway 395 and take it north to John Day, OR, hang a right at Highway 26 and go 13 miles to Prairie City.
From the west (Portland), take Highway 26 to to Prairie City. For a more rural approach you can also take I-84 east to Biggs and pick up 97 South. Take 97 to Highway 206 east. This road goes through high grasslands past a neat windfarm with huge windmills on the way to Condon, OR. From Condon, pick up Highway 19 south and travel this through the John Day Fossil Beds to Highway 26. Turn left on Highway 26 and go to Prairie City.
Once you are in Prairie City, take Highway 26 to the center of town and turn south at the sign for Depot Park and Strawberry Lake. This is Main Street. Go south to a
Thanks to Kelly Canaday for this description.