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Strawberry Mountain

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View to Strawberry Mountain from the upper end of the Strawberry Basin Trail (bobcat)
Indian Spring Butte, the Rabbit Ears, and the Little Strawberry Lake Basin from the summit of Strawberry Mountain (bobcat)


Strawberry Mountain is the centerpiece of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. According to Summit Post, it ranks #30 in Oregon and is the second-highest peak in the Blue Mountains after Rock Creek Butte. Like the other mountains in the area, the rock here is composed of seafloor volcanic flows from the Permian period that have been uplifted and extensively weathered.

The summit of Strawberry Mountain is treeless, but there are whitebark pine woodlands at the 8,500-foot level. Colorful wildflowers enjoy a brief bloom among the broken shales above the treeline. The cabin lookout here was partially blown away in a windstorm in the 1950s and was finally decommissioned in 1966.

As for views, to the west you can follow the John Day River valley and make out Sheep Rock, Canyon Mountain, and Baldy Mountain in the western part of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness; to the east, see Slide Mountain and Ironside Mountain; to the south, you can make out Indian Spring Butte, the Rabbit Ears, and, on the far horizon, Steens Mountain.

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