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    by mtncorg Written May 1, 2005

    This trail runs for 14 miles and traverse the wilderness area, which is itself about 18 miles long and 2-5 miles wide, north-south direction. The trail is well-marked and you’ll find the occasional horse party riding here. The basin east of Strawberry Lakes is especially beautiful and the whole area is lonesome after you get up out of the Strawberry Lake basin.

    Skyline Trail picks its way through the scree
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    • Fishing
    • Horse Riding
    • Hiking and Walking

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    by mtncorg Written May 1, 2005

    Trails continue from the lakes up to the highest peak in the range, Strawberry Peak. The top is 9044 feet high and you have a 360 degree view of the region. The trail is pleasant enough as it winds in and out of forest towards the summit. A little bit of sweat is all that is required. From the lakes below, it is possible to include Strawberry Peak on a long loop dayhike in which you loop around to the southern side of the range on the return trip, via the Skyline Trail and Slide Lake.

    Strawberry Peak is straight ahead!
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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Camping

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    by mtncorg Written May 1, 2005

    The road from Prairie City runs due south for about 10 miles. The last couple of miles become a little bit rough, but the way is suitable for most cars. There is a parking lot at the road end and the trail begins. In only 1.5 miles, you will come to the largest lake in the range, Strawberry Lake - or, officially, Lower Strawberry Lake. The lake is set in a cirque and the crest of the range soars high above. There are nice campsites and people can be found trying their luck with the trout along the lakeshore. On our visit, someone was using a revolver to fish with. I don’t know how his luck was, but we decided that it might be more prudent to hike a little farther up and camp at the Upper Strawberry Lake.

    Mountains rising above waters of Strawberry Lake
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Camping
    • Fishing

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