The Strawberry Creek Campground provides free camping on the Northern end of the park. The sites each have a picnic table and tent pad. A pit toilet and trash cans are available near site 3. For those of you with horses, a corral is located next to the pit toilet.
From Strawberry Creek Trailhead, the hike along Osceola Ditch to Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is 5.5 miles with little elevation gain. Most of the views into the Snake Range are obtained in the first 2 miles making this hike ideal for families or those looking for a relaxing hike.
The Osceola Ditch is 18 miles in its entirety and was build to help with the gold mining operations of the Osceola Gravel Mining Company. The company needed more water to continue operations and built 2 ditches (West Ditch was 16 miles in length). Eventually, however, a lack of water, and gold, led to a major slowdown of operations. The town of Osceola dispersed and only sporadic mining remained. Claims still exist today.
You can also hike the ditch from the Wheeler Peak Day Use Area.
To learn more about Osceola Ditch, visit the NPS website.
Sage Steppe Loop is 1.2 miles and has less than 300 feet of elevation gain. If you are up for a longer hike, we recommend that you combine this loop with your hike through the Osceola Ditch.
At the Strawberry Creek Campground, you are near the park boundary. You can hike to the boundary via Windy Canyon, although past the steppe, there are few grand views. You can also take a route out to the Northern edge of the park.
There is not a lot of maintained hiking out of the Strawberry Creek area but it is quiet. Some people might be tempted to skip the area but we do not recommend this as Sage Steppe was one of the most beautiful areas we hiked through.
Visit our National Park Service Guide for more adventures.
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