Recommended Stay: 3 to 5 days

Round trip miles from Boise 376 miles/Total Roundtrip Drive Time: 6 hours

Trip Cost Estimate: $375 to $650

The Strawberry Mountains just outside of John Day are a short drive from the Boise area and provide an excellent destination for your next campervan rental. To access the Wilderness area it is best to go into the wilderness area from Prairie City and head towards the Strawberry Campground. Directions from Boise can be found here. There are two campgrounds on the road from Prairie City into the Strawberry Mountains. Slide Creek Campground and Strawberry Campground. Both are excellent campgrounds and perfect places to stay with your campervan. On your way back you could take the Prairie Summit road for some excellent scenery. Simply follow the directions outlined here. If you go back on the Prairie Summit road then you can spend a night at the Trout Farm Campground or the Fopian Campground, both of these campgrounds are remote and a quite destinations for your trip.

The Strawberry Mountains also have a lot of Western Larch trees which have needles that change to the color yellow in the fall. This can make for quite the spectacular display.

Hiking Suggestion:

1) Strawberry Lake Trail - From the Strawberry Mountain Campground you will find the Strawberry Lake Trail which has two lakes and a 60 ft waterfall. The total round trip mileage is around 6.8 miles and you will climb about 1100ft to reach both lakes. This is the best day hike in the Strawberry Mountains and will take you to two of the best lakes in the mountains.

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