OverviewSlide Mountain, the fourth tallest of the Strawberry Mountains is most likely named after the narrow "slide" that runs down the length of the mountains north face, which was especially prominent during winter months before a forest fire burned off the trees around it. Slide Mountain does not have a trail to the top of it, and is a lengthy hike from any approach. Reaching the summit is an arduous task with several thousand feet of elevation gain that will take the better part of a day, so be prepared for a long walk in, and an exhausting hike back out. The most straightforward route begins at Strawberry Lake trailhead and travels east across the south end of Strawberry Lake's 8000 foot east ridge through Slide Basin to the west face of Slide Mountain. Once on the side of Slide Mountain you can leave the trail and make your ascent up through a chimney in a notched cliff to the rocky summit just above.
Nearby 8570 foot Graham Mountain can be reached from Slide Mountain with another 45 minutes of hiking along a remote (relatively) high elevation ridge.
Above: Slide Mountain 09/16/06
Slide Mountain like much of the Eastern Strawberry Mountains was formed by Miocene Volcanics. The broad flat top of Slide Mountain is primarily a mound of large igneous type boulders as seen in the images below. The left image shows the location of the summit register (right of the tree), while the center image shows Strawberry Mountain in the background. The image on the right reveals nearby Graham Mountain (8570 feet) which can be reached from Slide Mountain with a short ridge traverse of roughly one mile and some precarious scrambling up its steep west face.