Onion Creek Trail #368
ElevationAscent: 3,474' 1,059 m
Descent: -831' -253 m
High: 8,690' 2,649 m
Low: 5,256' 1,602 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)
“A more challenging way to reach the summit of Strawberry Mountain.”— Bruce Hope
The #368 starts on Forest Road 6001 and climbs very steeply (3,500 feet in 4 miles) to a junction with the Summit Trail #5002. Short sections of this piece of the trail pass through areas impacted by the 2013 Strawberry Complex Fire. The trail can be difficult to follow in upper alpine meadows about 3 miles up from the trailhead. Fortunately, there are plenty of trail markers (cairns and blazes) to guide you across here - just be sure you are following them. This run also passes lots of scenery in the upper Onion Creek drainage.
The #5002 is a short, but steep, climb up the open flanks of Strawberry Mountain to huge views from the top. The Onion Creek Trail #368 continues on down from its junction with the Summit Trail #5002, past, at 4.9 miles from the trailhead, a junction with the Strawberry Basin Trail #375, to its end at a three-way junction with the Road Ends Trail #713 and the Pine Creek Trail #201.
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