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Strawberry Peak Out and Back

  4.3 ( 14 ) Favorite


7.1 mile 11.5 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,596' 487 m
Descent: -1,597' -487 m
High: 6,131' 1,869 m
Low: 4,650' 1,417 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)


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A great trail with stunning views!

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Adventure Pass required to park at Red Box.


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.


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.

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Aug 11, 2019
Howard Baumer
10h 45m
Apr 19, 2019
What Now
7.5mi — 5h 00m
Mar 10, 2019
Amanda Rosenblum
Trail out of Red Box gently rolling and clear. Trail to the Peak after Lawlor Saddle is steep and loose in places but not difficult. 7.5mi
Feb 22, 2019
Troy Blischok
last third a little muddy in spots and snow drifts to mid shin. trail still in good shape.
Feb 16, 2019
Paul Truong
Decent snow at the top!
Jan 21, 2019
Robert Sandig
Dec 30, 2018
Eli Bashevkin
Dec 29, 2018
Cee Boe
halfway, great hike 11.5mi

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