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Exploring Strawberry Mountain Wilderness
Timestamp Free: 2020.05.31 - 13:20:49
Ranges: North America Ranges / Great Basin Ranges / Strawberry Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1000m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 1: Hiking on good trails.
A hike up Strawberry Mountain
[photo]usa091.jpg[caption] The distant view of Strawberry Mountain from SW[/photo]

Driving home from Nevada and Utah through eastern Oregon north of Burns I occasionally saw a snowy mountain above the green hills and when it became fully visible realized that it must be Strawberry Mountain and took the photo above. I remembered an earlier trip to northern Nevada when I had tried to climb it along the way. That time I had found a forest service office in Pendelton and was able to get maps of Strawberry Mountain and the Elkhorn Range further east. I decided to approach it from the west, south of John Day because that was slightly closer to my route, even though it would take 3 days instead of one. But then I had come for hiking not driving. However that plan got scuttled on the 2nd day because of too much snow and bad weather. See: Climbing Indian Creek Butte

[photo]img498.jpg[caption]Approaching Strawberry Mountain from NE[/photo]

Along the return trip from Nevada via Idaho I left I84 at Baker and did a hike in the Elkhorn Range, Rock Creek Butte, the highest peak and the line parent of Strawberry Mountain. After returning to the car in the late afternoon I drove the short distance to the small town of Prairie City where I found a restaurant but no motel. After many nights of camping I wouldn't have minded a hot shower and comfortable bed, but I didn't want to drive further to John Day to look for accommodation. So after dinner I turned south to the direct approach to Strawberry Mountain from the north.

[photo]img499.jpg[caption]Strawberry Lake with Indian Creek Butte and the Rabbit Ears[/photo]

[photo]img502.jpg[caption]Strawberry Falls[/photo]

I spent the night in the campsite at the road end an d the...

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