Strawberry Lake, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness - August 26, 2018

scatman

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On our way back from Portland, we decided to check out the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, which is located just south of Prairie City in Oregon. Our original intentions were to stay over for two nights at Strawberry Lake and on the second day hike to the top of Strawberry Mountain. Unfortunately, it began to rain just after midnight and did not let up. We stuck it out in our tent that morning until 10:00 am and then decided to pack up and head back home. I'll have to try and get the summit in, and more exploration of the wilderness area, next year. Here are some shots of our trip.

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Wilderness information Sign

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Trailhead

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The Strawberry Basin Trail sign

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Entering the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness

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A look back down into the valley where Prairie City and John Day are located

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Trail junction - this trail leads to Slide Basin

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Getting closer to the lake

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Strawberry Lake Trail

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View from the trail

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Moseying along

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View from the trail

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No fires allowed.

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First view of the lake

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Strawberry Lake with Indian Spring Butte and Rabbit Ears in the distance

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Strawberry Lake

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This trail junctions leads to Little Strawberry Lake, Strawberry Falls and the Summit of Strawberry Mountain

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Our campsite

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Dinner and a nice view

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If you look closely, you can see an Osprey (white spot) perched in the top of the tree. We watched him for a long time after we ate our dinner

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On our way out

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Clouds lifting a little bit over the lake

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Moss

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A look back at the cloud covered Strawberry Range

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John Day River Country
 

Shirt357

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Thanks for sharing... may be stupid question but any particular reason that wilderness and mountain is named after one of my favorite fruits?
 

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Really nice. I was thinking of heading to Oregon this weekend. The fact that it rained on you guys has me more convinced I should go.
Very nice 'moseying'.
 
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