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Strawberry Peak Out and Back

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great trail with stunning views!


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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

Shared By:

bk davs

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 18 votes

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#185

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#1,165

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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 10, 2021
B Ashworth
no shade 7.1mi — 3h 30m
Feb 27, 2021
Simon Chen
All clear. First section is easiest with a lot of debris. Last mile section to the peak is steep climbing 7.1mi
Feb 14, 2021
Kat Hui
Jan 23, 2021
Chris Peterson
Dec 27, 2020
Matt A
with Jen 7.1mi
Dec 6, 2020
Private User
Aug 8, 2020
Private User
Feb 15, 2020
Beefy Mouse
8h 30m