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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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7.1

Miles

11.5

KM

83%

Runnable

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.

Runner Notes

The first 2 miles of this trail could be good for trail running. The remainder is steep and has some sections of scrambling.

Description

This is the Strawberry Peak run 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 run 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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Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 15 votes

#1582

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  4.3 from 15 votes
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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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May 29, 2020
Brett Sanner
Great singletrack trail through the first 2.5 miles (steady ascent). The last mile is a tough ascent - rocky, steep, and with some scrambling. 7mi — 1h 56m
Nov 7, 2017
Ernesto Colín
5.5mi
Oct 22, 2017
Ernesto Colín
Nice and gradual from Redbox. Great views 5mi