From Roads End TH. Only a small patch of snow left. Lots of hikers on a beautiful day.
This was part of a trip involving one county high point in Southeast Washington, as well as Morrow, Umatilla, Grant, Wheeler, and Crook in Oregon.
I got a late start on this one since I came from Baker City -- and I'd stopped to tour the Kam Wah Chung Museum in John Day (HIGHLY recommended) besides. Also I spent a good chunk of time looking for the Honey Mushroom, which I never found, but which I am told is more likely to make an appearance a bit deeper into autumn.
Of this particular trip, I would have to say that Strawberry Mountain was easily my favorite for its beauty and isolation.
Other reports indicating googlemaps cannot be relied upon are true; however, there is liberal signage on the road directing to Strawberry Prairie. A burn area begins just after Indian Springs. This road is passable to all vehicles. I passed two pickups loaded up with bowhunters on the way up and we exchanged waves. On the trail itself, though, I saw no one except for the black bear who trundled off down into the valley once it saw/smelled me.
I did not bother with the scramble route as I did not bring a helmet, I was solo, and I was racing daylight. It is not really necessary and I am not convinced it would save you much time besides that. The trail is evident all the way to the north side where a couple different options present themselves switching back the last couple vertical hundred feet to the summit.
From the summit I saw the haze of the forest fire to the east, but it had died down considerably over the previous couple days due to recent heavy rains. I also heard -- and eventually visually spotted -- a helicopter circling between myself and Indian Spring Butte. After it vanished behind Indian Spring Butte, it buzzed just underneath the Strawberry Mountain summit heading NNW.
After that small bit of excitement, I walked the ridgeline and found neither a benchmark nor the register, but only a cairn. I returned down the trail and arrived back at my vehicle right at sunset.
Camped at Little Strawberry Lake. Lovely hike. None of it is particularly steep with a gradual grade all the way up. Some snow remaining mainly in the Onion Creek Basin. Falls are spectacular and refreshing on the way back down.
A lake, a waterfall and mountain, what else do you need?
Joined the large crowd on the summit for the total solar eclipse of 2017. I doubt there will ever be that many people on the summit together ever again.
It was complete pandemonium on the mountain, a couple next to us getting engaged, champagne corks flying, lots of cheering. My sister's dog provided entertainment for everyone while wearing the eclipse glasses. Doing the total solar eclipse was definitely a different experience vs. a partial eclipse.
Did the trail to the summit from the South. Some snow higher up.
There was bad weather for weeks in WA so Heather and I drove through OR, CA, NV, UT, and ID. We climbed 37 peaks in 19 days. On the second to last day we did Steens and Strawberry. The weather did not look good when we started and sure enough we got totally soaked near the summit. trip report
Hiked with my wife, Beth. Attacked by hordes of butterflies. Lovely area!
Hiked to the top from Strawberry basin with my friends Karl, Rob, and Ember. Beautiful sunny weather, but on top the wind was blowing about 50 mph. There was some snow but no ice and easy to do without crampons. Awesome day!
Perfect weather and a smooth hike. I took the roads end trail to the summit and made car to car in 2.5hrs. My topo had a junction at about a mile in that you can see the two trails on google maps. However, when hiking you really can't find it. So just make sure you stay on the main thoroughfare then follow the signs. The lightning touches on the top are pretty radicle.
I highly recommend the longer trail (Strawberry Basin)--takes you by Strawberry Lake, Strawberry Falls (looks like something from Central America!), and beautiful wildflowers.
Climbed this mountain via the Roads End trail in early fall of 2009 when I was about 15 years old with my grandpa and younger brother. There was still quite a bit of snow much of the way, but fortuneatly the trail was fairly easy to follow. I tripped and slid down a very icy cliff and ended up having to have a rope thrown down to me as I hung there. Closest I have ever come to dying. Despite this crazy incident, the summit was breathtaking and very much earned.
I really enjoyed this peak. I summited via the Roads End Trail #201A. What took me totally by surprise were the *many* hunters also using the trail and surrounding slopes. There were more hunters parked at the trailhead than I had ever previously seen at any other trailhead. The mountain itself had an excellent view but was definitely the windiest place I had been all year.
This was the first of seven Oregon CoHPs I visited in a two-day span that weekend.
Went up with my wife and had a great hike. Lots of snow at the 8,000 saddle, fairly steep and corniced at the top. We skipped this and headed up talus up the face of the mtn until intersecting the trail.
I love this mountain! Summited with so much snow, never been to the area before, lost the trail shortly after Strawberry Falls and bushwacked the rest, it was great! Not a soul up there! Gorgeous view!
Hiked up to the summit with my son Jeremy from the Roads End Trailhead. We had the mountain to ourselves and had an amazing hike.
After summiting Indian Springs Butte; Mike, Joshua, Rico and I cut over to the south side trail to Strawberry Mountain. It was a hot, sunny day and the burn on the west side of the ridge, which is the trail side, ensured that we were in the full sun the entire way. Still, it was a beautiful hike.
Hiked the Onion Creek Trail route on a sunny and clear day and bivouaced on the summit overnight under a clear sky and a full moon. Swifts(?) flew much of the night about the summit, apparently feeding.
A nice hike to a cool summit. Rode my bike to the singletrack section a mile and a quarter in. Very dusty. 1:10 to the summit, 50 minutes back to the car. My GPS said it was 7 miles RT with 1400+ gain. Beautiful area, will be back to do more things here.
P.S. Cows aren't that smart. Had a couple block my way on CR 65 on the way there for a minute.
I decided to climb this mountain on my way home. It is very prominent from Highway 26. Met some bow hunters near the trailhead who were camping below. I saw at least eight deer in the area. One buck was right by the trail and allowed me take some photos of him. The summit is shaped like a pyramid which reminded me of some of my local mountains. There were butterflies everywhere.