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Strawberry Lakes Loop Trail
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2019-09-12  
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Strawberry Lakes Loop TrailNortheast, OR
Northeast, OR
Backpack avatar Sep 12 2019
keepmoving
Backpack20.17 Miles 4,443 AEG
Backpack20.17 Miles2 Days         
4,443 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Quick overnight loop through the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness before the weather turns bad. Got a late start and started hiking a little bit before 1800. Made it to Slide Lake and was just able to get my campsite set up around dusk and check out the upper lake before it got completely dark. Had the entire Slide Lakes Basin to myself. Enjoyed a small fire and watched the stars for a bit before heading to bed.

Woke up to a nice soft pink sunrise. The view across the lake to the surrounding peaks was quite impressive. I could have lingered longer, but I had a long day of hiking and still had to make the drive back to Portland, so I hit the trail around 0630.

The trail heads uphill from Slide Lakes and the views open up very quickly. The trail goes over a small pass where a short use trail provides access to an adjacent peak with 360 views of the surrounding area. Beyond the ridgeline, the trail quickly loses elevation, passing through a burned area as it approaches High Lake.

Continuing past High Lake, I encountered a couple of bow hunters near the Roads End Trailhead. They would be the only people I would see all day until I got back down to the main Strawberry Lake area. I took the detour up to Strawberry Peak- where I passed through hundreds (thousands?) of butterflies that were fluttering south with the wind. I had the summit to myself, save for two mountain goats who were hunkered down on the far side of the peak trying to stay out of the wind.

The descent from Strawberry Mountain down to Little Strawberry Lake felt like it took forever. I was a bit disappointed by the lake itself- it was covered in patches of scum, but the view of the sheer cliff wall on the far side of the lake was quite stunning. Beyond Little Strawberry Lake I picked up pace, pausing only briefly at the main lake before making my way back to the trailhead.
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99% of the flowers are finished. There are a couple of stragglers still blooming, but summer is definetely over.
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