Strawberry Mountain Wilderness
The Canyon Mt. Trail offers excellent views of the John Day Valley. It also allows access to Canyon Mountain and the west end of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. The trail passes through denser coniferous forest at first, then passes into thin ponderosa pine forest with patches of dry meadows and seeps to Dog Creek passing areas with serpentine and periodite.
Trail Length (one way): 3.3 miles to Dog Creek, 5.5 miles to Dean Creek, 15.5 miles, one way.
Rating: Moderate to Dog Creek, Difficult to Dean Creek
Season: June to November
Allowed Activities: Hiking and horse use. ATVs and mountain bikes prohibited.
Access: From John Day, take US Highway 395 south for approximately 2
miles. Turn right onto County road 52 (Marysville Road) in Canyon City. Travel
approximately 2 miles, then take a right on County road 77 for approximately
1/4 mile, then take another right on Forest Service Road 7700333 and follow
the road to the trailhead. The road is not maintained by the Forest Service but was a decent gravel road to the trailhead in 2010. Low slung cars (hybrids may need to be more careful) are okay to the trailhead. The road condition has improved significantly since the description in Sullivan's book. The main road to the trailhead should be obvious at each fork in the road, although one can use the mileage between road forks if one desires. The trailhead can be reached in about 20 minutes from John Day. It should be about an 80 minute drive from Logan Valley.
The trail climbs steadily through ponderosa pine and douglas fir forest (with dry meadow openings). At 1.6 miles the trail crosses Little Pine Creek with a grotto of ferns and bright riparian plants. At 2.2 miles a dry slope is reached with associated wildflowers of onions and buckwheats. The views here are magnificent, looking northwest and northeast towards the upper John Day valley. At 3.3 miles one reaches Dog Creek which is a good turn around point for a moderate hike. Continue an additional 2.2 miles (about 500' additional gain) to Dean Creek for a longer day's hike. Backpackers can continue up to 37.1 miles to the Skyline Trailhead on Road 101, or explore other side trails to their trailheads.
Partial Flora for the Canyon Mountain Trail #218: Updated June 5, 2011.
August 19, 2011: Canyon Mountain Trail #218 (Strawberry Mountain Wilderness)
August 1, 2011: Canyon Mountain Trail #218 (Strawberry Mountain Wilderness)
June 21, 2011: Canyon Mt. Trail #218 - A Native Plant Society of Oregon Field Trip
June 5, 2011: Canyon Mt., Malheur National Forest - The road is now open, although very rugged for low-slung vehicles. Some significant snow drifts remain on portions of the trail. These should be much less of a concern as snow melts by mid-June.
Baldy Mt. Fora: A fairly complete flora which might be substituted until the Canyon Mountain flora is updated.
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