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For the hiker or packer who is looking to test orienteering skills, this is the trail to use. This primitive trail within Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is a secondary trail off the main wilderness trail system. The trail is a great place for hikers looking for solitude. This trail is very popular during big game hunting seasons such as Rock Mountain Elk and mule deer seasons.
From John Day, OR., travel east on US Highway 26 toward Prairie City for approximately 5.5 miles to County Road 54. Travel south on County Road 54 for approximately 3.5 miles to Forest Road 5401. Continue driving south on Forest Service Road 5401 for about 4 miles to Forest Road 5401811. Drive south on Forest Road 5401811 for about 1.75 miles to the Pine Creek Trailhead.
From the trailhead, walk around the steel gate and Forest Service Road 5401811 and continue west and south on this road for about 3 miles to the West Fork Pine Creek Trail.