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Strawberry Peak Out and Back

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great trail with stunning views!


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Map Key

7.1

Miles

11.5

KM

Out and Back

6,131' 1,869 m

High

4,650' 1,417 m

Low

1,596' 487 m

Up

1,597' 487 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Adventure Pass required to park at Red Box.

Overview

This route goes through the chaparral covered south side of Mt Lawlor to the top of Strawberry Peak. Expect a gently climbing trail at first that really gains elevation the the last mile. Panoramic views of the southern San Gabriel Mountains grace the entire route.

Description

This is the Strawberry Peak hike from the east. Take Hwy 2 to Red Box. Cross Highway 2 (watch out for cars!) and go east about 100' to the start of an unmaintained dirt road. Follow this road less than a mile and turn left onto a singletrack trail. This is the starting point of the Strawberry Peak Trail. It is a slow climb up and around Mt Lawlor. There is little shade, and watch out for rattlesnakes!

Once the trail rounds Mt Lawlor, Strawberry Peak comes into view. The trail reaches a saddle between Mt. Lawlor and Strawberry Peak. This route takes the left fork onto an unofficial but well used path to the summit. The last 0.8 miles is where you'll really climb with just a little scrambling. The scrambling is easy and nothing like the Class 3 scramble on the other side of Strawberry Peak. The views are great the entire hike but once at the top, you'll be rewarded with 360-degree views of the San Gabriels and with the satisfaction of just having climbed the tallest peak in the front range!

Flora & Fauna

Oaks, bigcone spruce and a few Coulter and Jeffrey Pines near the summit.

Contacts

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bk davs

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 15 votes

#1592

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  4.3 from 15 votes
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#229

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Photos

View of the mountains as you climb up the last leg
Aug 12, 2018 near Altadena, CA
view toward the Angeles Crest Highway.
Dec 5, 2017 near Altadena, CA
Dawn light on the Strawberry Peak trail
Aug 12, 2018 near Altadena, CA

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Aug 8, 2020
Alex Jedinger
7.1mi — 4h 00m
Feb 15, 2020
Beefy Mouse
8h 30m
Sep 1, 2019
Amy L
Sep 1, 2019
Christopher Lau
Amy mark Talia
Sep 1, 2019
Charlie Atkinson
Steep ascent at the end, but well worth it. 7.1mi — 3h 40m
Aug 25, 2019
Diana N
The trail is overall in great shape and mostly easy to find. It does bifurcate quite a bit so if you are following your path and it suddenly looks… 7.1mi — 3h 55m
Aug 11, 2019
Howard Baumer
10h 45m
Jun 14, 2019
Roman de Jesus