Getting there: From Prineville, travel on U.S. Highway 26 east for about 130 miles to Prairie City. Turn onto South Main Street, then turn left onto Bridge Street. After 0.2 miles take the second right turn, which is Bridge Street again. The road becomes County Road 60 at the city limits. Continue on County Road 60 for about seven miles, where the road then becomes Forest Service Road 6001. Continue on 6001 for about two miles to Strawberry Campground. Day-use parking is also available near the campground.

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous.

Cost: Northwest Forest Pass or camping fee.

Only a three-hour drive from Bend, the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is an isolated area of rugged peaks, glacier-carved valleys and high-mountain lakes that appear seemingly out of nowhere in the middle of the high desert. The 68,700-acre wilderness area east of John Day in the Malheur National Forest in Grant County is a diverse landscape that includes about 125 miles of trail, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Hikes range from the 2.8-mile round-trip trek to Strawberry Lake to the 20-mile Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Loop. Little Strawberry Lake is 6.8 miles round trip from Strawberry Campground. The summit of 9,042-foot Strawberry Mountain is 12.2 miles round trip from the campground.

— Mark Morical, The Bulletin

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