100 Birds of Summer: Strawberry Basin Hike
Join Teresa Wicks, Portland Audubon’s Eastern Oregon Field Coordinator for 100 Birds of Summer, a series of family and beginning birder-friendly programs connecting people to birds and nature. Over the course of the summer, we’ll aim to see 100 bird species, from forests to wetlands, and places in-between. But don’t be fooled, this series isn’t only for serious listers, we’re aiming to create community while exploring the birds and ecosystems that Harney County has to offer. Binoculars will be available.
Strawberry Basin Hike
For this outing we’ll meet at Spark Collaborative Studio at 8:00 and caravan to the Strawberry Basin Trail in Malheur National Forest. This is an approximately 90 miles, 2 hour long drive. We will start at the Strawberry Basin Trailhead and hike the 2.8 miles to Strawberry Falls. If we’re feeling adventurous, we’ll continue to Little Strawberry Lake (another 0.5 miles). We’ll keep an eye out for forest birds and high elevation waterfowl, wildflowers, ripe huckleberries, and mountain goats.
Length: 6 miles out-and-back to Strawberry Falls, 7 miles roundtrip to Little Strawberry Lake.
Accessibility: This trail is narrow and can be rough in places. There is a fairly steady but gradual climb in elevation from the trailhead to the falls and Little Strawberry Lake.