Slide Lake

Friday, July 2, 2021

Today we returned to the Strawberry Basin Trailhead in order to hike to Slide Lake.

We hit the trail at 9:20. The first part of the hike was over same ground we covered on our hike to Strawberry Lake two days prior. Then after a mile we turned onto the Slide Basin Trail:

Slide Lake Hike

After another mile we reached a viewpoint:

Slide Lake Hike

Slide Lake Hike

We could see part of the John Day River valley below:

Slide Lake Hike

Slide Lake Hike

And we could see Strawberry Peak:

Slide Lake Hike

There were some nice wildflowers along the trail here:

Slide Lake Hike

Slide Lake Hike

Slide Lake Hike

Slide Lake Hike

Immediately after the viewpoint was a trail junction where the trail split. One trail was the continuation of the Slide Basin Trail for hikers and the other was Trail #372B for horses:

Slide Lake Hike

We took the hiker trail and made our way south towards Slide Lake:

Slide Lake Hike

There were quite a lot of wildflowers along this stretch:

Slide Lake Hike

Slide Lake Hike

Slide Lake Hike

Slide Lake hike

Slide Lake hike

Unfortunately the trail was not in great shape. It was very narrow in many spots with a lot of exposure. There were also several sketchy washouts to cross:

Slide Lake hike

Slide Lake hike

The poor condition of the trail was unfortunate because it was pretty scenic:

Slide Lake hike

Slide Lake hike

Slide Lake hike

We had a great view of Slide Mountain to the east. This photo was taken on the way out in the afternoon when the light was better:

Slide Lake Hike

At one point we had another view of the valley below:

Slide Lake hike

Looking back:

Slide Lake hike

A mile after the junction with the horse trail we reached another (unsigned) junction where the horse trail reconnected:

Slide Lake hike

Shortly after that was a viewpoint where we could see down on Slide Falls:

Slide Lake hike

We reached the junction with the High Lake Trail and continued on, finally reaching Slide Lake:

Slide Lake

Slide Lake

We hiked around the right (west) side of the lake to the far end where we found a nice spot in the shade to sit and hang out for awhile.

Slide Lake

Slide Lake

Slide Lake

We had a nice view of Slide Mountain beyond the lake:

Slide Lake

Slide Lake

Of course we cooled off in the water:

Slide Lake

We did not see or hear another person the entire time we were at the lake. After several hours of relaxing we packed up and got ready to head out, but not before visiting Little Slide Lake, which is a two minute walk from the main lake:

Little Slide Lake

Bog lily:

Slide Lake Hike

We returned to Slide Lake and finished looping around it’s shore on the east side. Looking back:

Slide Lake

We crossed the outlet creek where we stopped to filter water:

Slide Lake Hike

Slide Lake Hike

Then we retraced our steps and hiked back out to the car. Greg spent a lot of time photographing wildflowers on the way in and the way out, so it was a really long day and we didn’t drive away from the trailhead until 6pm.

Gaia stats: 9.5 miles, 1,600′ elevation gain