Strawberry Mountain



Country: United States

Location: Strawberry Mountains, Oregon

Round trip: 11 km

Start elevation: 2400 m

Final elevation: 2755 m

Map: 1:47,520, Strawberry Mountain Monument Rock Wilderness US Forest Service Map

Contributor: David Sellars

getting there

Take Forest Road 16 east of Seneca which is south of John Day.  Turn left (north) on FR 1640 to a parking area at the Roads End trailhead.

featured plant

Claytonia megarhiza

partial plant list

Penstemon attenuatus

Potentilla glandulosa

Antennaria rosea

Cistanthe umbellata

Penstemon fruticosus

Lewisia pygmaea

Mimulus lewisii

Aquilegia gormosa

Epilobium obcordatum

Collomia debilis var.debilis

Claytonia megarhiza

Penstemon procerus

Phlox diffusa

Phlox hoodii

Phacelia sericea

Castilleja species

Polemonium pulcherrimum


The trail follows an old logging road to the divide where the peak of Strawberry Mountain can be seen to the north.  Flowers on the route include Lewisa pygmaea, Mimulus lewisii, Aquilegia formosa and the ubiquitous Phlox hoodii.  From the end of the old logging road, the trail ( called the Onion Creek Trail on the map) initially traverses steep slopes and then climbs through open burnt woodland to the base of the south ridge of Strawberry Mountain.  As the trail crosses the screes on the southeast side of the peak, several beautiful rare plants can be found including Epilobium obcordatum, Claytonia megarhiza and blue Collomia debilis v debilis shown in the photo above.  The trail reaches the top of a cliff overlooking the John Day valley and it is worth exploring for plants in the loose cliff face.   The north east ridge is then followed to the top of Strawberry Mountain.  Penstemon procerus grows happily on the summit ridge.