Over a century ago, after exploring the San Gabriel Mountains, mountaineers looked across the way and saw a peak which resembled an upside down strawberry. They called it Strawberry Peak. Ever since then, the name stuck. Strawberry peak at 6,164 ft elevation is also the largest peak in the front range of the San Gabriel mountains. Views are outstanding as the trail ascends some classic San Gabriel brush covered slopes with a view of rolling hills and DTLA in the far distance.
The Colby Canyon trail is very good, but after splitting off from Colby Canyon Trail and following the ridge to strawberry peak is very bushy. Pants or jeans highly recommended. The last section of the hike becomes a class 3 scramble over boulders and rocks.
Distance: 6.4 miles total (Out-and-back)
Time: 5 - 6 hours
Elevation Gain: 2,900 ft
Shade: Little to none
Parking fees?: Adventure Pass Required for parking
Parking and Trailhead info:
Parking for this hike is right on a dirt stretch off the Angeles Crest Highway at: 701 Angeles Crest Hwy, Tujunga, CA 91042
The Trailhead is easily located and can be seen leading away from the dirt parking lot.
We had begun the ascent, a group of 15 at 7:00 AM sharp. Around the time, the sun had just barely started to come up. We would finish the hike around 1:00 PM.
A little over 5 minutes into the hike, we crossed a running stream, still amazing to see in November after months of little to no rain.
The first light of the day, quite harsh, created shadows on the rolling hills to our left.
The only turn in the hike: When you reach the end of the Colby Canyon Trail, a huge concrete saucer looking water structure will appear.
It may be easy to miss this trail and mistake for another one. Make sure the trail immediately ascends the hill after the concrete structure and follows a path to the peak more precisely. Following the ridge will lead all the way to the peak.
In the beginning of the climb after Colby Canyon Trail, the ridge is steep and a few rocky sections requiring some easy climbing to continue up. Nothing difficult. But best path finding will be necessary.
After fighting and stomping over downed bushed for about 45 minutes, the final rock scramble appeared, and just beyond it the peak.
Along the way to the peak, during the class 3 rock scramble, it may be confusing to find a proper path. But hikers have left red ribbons to guide towards the right path. If a path becomes too difficult, it's probably not the correct one. Any path can be a right path depending on one's level of confort on the mountainside.
After enjoying the successful summit, we headed back down the way we came. With a few photos of course. Because this is an out-and-back hike head back the same way to get back to the car.