Strawberry Peak

10 reviews #43 hike out of 461 in
3.3 mi
Distance
1 hrs 10 min
Time
terrain
1,464 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate and very popular way trail to Strawberry Peak in San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

The trail leaves the Red Box Parking Lot, crosses the street to the north an then ascends the hill. The first two miles are pretty easy. The trail climbs consistently up to a saddle between Lawlor and Strawberry Peaks. There is also a junction with the Gabrialino Trail that is used to loop back to Josephine Peak and Colby canyon. The trail to Lawlor is faint but just ascends the ridge to the east from the saddle. The main trail just continues straight across the saddle and up the west ridge. It's fairly steep from here, and a set of poles can be helpful to find your balance. The trail continues for another mile or so, then reaches the namesake peak.

Views along the trail are amazing with eastern views to Wilson and Mt Baldy to the east and northeast. Fire damage from the 2020 fires is clear to the east. Downtown LA is visible to the south with the shoreline cities, and Catalina Island in the distance.

The straight up and back is 7 miles with 1,700 feet elevation gain, so allow for at least 4 hours. In summer it's very hot, so adjust your water carry accordingly.

This trail goes by Gabrielino Trail East, Gabrielino Trail west, and Red Box.

Getting Started

This trail starts from the popular Red Box Picnic area. Generally the road is clear unless theres been a rainfall/snowfall event within the last day or so. Trails from this parking lot take in the southfacing slopes for Strawberry which tend to be warm and dry and the north-facing slopes to San Gabriel Peak to the south which are popular with snow hikers.

Given it's popularity, starting early is recommended as the parking lot fills up. It's going to be very warm in the summer time.

You need an adventure pass to park. If you don't have one, they'll leave a reminder ticket that costs the same $5, so don't sweat it.

Taking Children

This would be a good hike for fit children who like to climb. It's short distance makes it popular with folks who are tackling their first peaks. The total climb of approximately 1,700 feet is one of the more moderate for bagging peaks.



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    1 year, 10 months ago
    Excellent hike. If it’s cloudy in Burbank you will be above the clouds here. Wonderful views and most of the hike has flat terrain except for the final half mile going up. Sun protection and ample water recommended.
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    2 years, 11 months ago
    Awesome hike, first 2 miles are easy but the last 1.25 miles is really steep. There is no shade so definetely do the hike early during the summer. Parking is at redbox and trailhead is across from the parking lot.
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Maria Preda 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Strawberry Peak (12/2/21, 11:37:56AM)
Hiked with Lark & Storm. Trail: started at Red Box at 11:40 am. Trail in good condition. At times, sandy, rocky, flat, steep, rock scramble. Weather: started hiking late, it was already 71 F, almost no breeze. It felt hot until we reached the saddle, where trail intersects with trail to Mt. Lowler & Strawberry Meadows. Water Source: none Wildlife Sightings: lizards, birds Summit: amazing views all around. Can’t wait to try the mountaineering route some day soon. Other Hikers: met two female hikers about 0.5 miles from the start, they were coming back from Strawberry Meadows. Just passed the saddle met a solo female trail runner. Passed a couple with a baby just passed the saddle. Met another solo men hiker as we were reaching the summit. On the way back we didn’t meet anyone Started hiking at 11:40, got to summit 1:30, took 15 minutes break, back at saddle 2:30 pm, finished hike 3:15 pm Things To Remember: 1) Bring enough hydration fluid, water, electrolytes. Trail is 90% exposed, meaning there is little shade only on few spots before the saddle, in the first 2 miles. 2) Have good hiking shoes. I use LaSportiva Approach Shoes. I love them. Trail is very diverse, flattish, then sandy, rocky, steep, scrambling on rocks. But doable & nice. 3) Keep in mind temperatures. If no breeze, you will need more hydration. 4) Sun screen, sunglasses, hat, gloves- you will use your hands to steady yourself, hiking poles !!! Headlamp if you start late.
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Jaica 1 year, 4 months ago
Strawberry Peak via Redbox Canyon
1/10/21 5:12:29 AM 2 out of 6! 2.5hrs of sleep before hike!
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STrinidad 1 year, 6 months ago
Strawberry Peak (11/15/20, 6:57:42AM)
Strawberry Peak starting at Red Box Canyon
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