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Strawberry Peak Loop

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15.6 Miles 25.0 Kilometers


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2,593' 790 m

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-2,603' -793 m

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6%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

5,226' 1,593 m

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3,307' 1,008 m

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Shared By Alex Fore

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This ride features a steep fireroad climb, cliff-side singletrack, and fast sections on Gabrielino.

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Overview

The steep fire road climb leads up to Strawberry Saddle Trail/Josephine Saddle. This is the last of the fire road for the ride. Take a right onto the singletrack, and you'll start towards Strawberry Peak on Colby Canyon Trail. This trail winds around the North side, dropping into Strawberry meadows before climbing back up to the Strawberry / Lawler saddle. Next is a nice downhill to Gabrieleno Trail - Redbox to Switzer, where you'll ride the Gabrielino Trail back down to Switzer's.

The trail was just re-opened after the station fire and has some hike-a-bike sandy uphill sections, but it's looking good overall! Watch out for the poodle-dog bush if you are sensitive.

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From the intersection of Angeles Forest Highway and Angles Crest, head on Angeles Forest highway for just a bit and take the first right on Josephine fire road (it is well marked with a sign). This climb is steep and a little loose, you'll gain quite a bit of elevation on the way to the Josephine / Strawberry saddle. Grind it out.

Once at the saddle, take a right on the Strawberry Saddle Trail and after about 0.5 miles you'll meet up with the Colby Canyon Trail. The Colby Canyon Trail starts leading you around the North side of Strawberry Peak. This section is up and down, but stays at roughly the same elevation as it winds around the mountain. You'll drop into Strawberry meadows which still has some nice big pine trees, and descend further to the trail junction. There is a register box here, and you'll want to go to the right onto Strawberry Peak Trail, which heads back uphill towards the Strawberry/Lawlor Saddle.

The climb to the saddle may be sandy, depending on recent rain. It has already improved noticeably since Summer 2014. Once at the saddle the downhill to redbox is fun.

You'll get to the Angeles Crest Highway, where you need to cross and take the trail that starts from the parking lot on western end. The top section of this is fast and not technical with wide switchbacks. Further on, the rocks gets chunkier and more technical, eventually taking you down to a popular picnic area. From here you climb the road to Nature's Canteen Trail, which connects to Clear Creek Information Station.

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Dec 27, 2018
John Gump
Dec 23, 2018
Nick B
Dont do it with a hardtail
Nov 23, 2018
Ian Brooks
Nov 8, 2018
Ren Mar
13mi — 3h 00m
Oct 20, 2018
Jennifer Prince
2 pinch flats 15.6mi
May 7, 2018
Megan Dillon
Mar 11, 2018
Christopher Tate
Rainy, muddy and totally worth it! 18.1mi
Feb 18, 2018
J P
Lots of climbing but great ride

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Andrew Keller
Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Keller   Los Angeles, CA
Rode the full loop yesterday. Trail is dry, tacky and fast! It's still alittle cold at the top. I'm glad I brought some extra clothes. I only saw one other person on the trail. The lower part of the Gabrielino Trail is somewhat overgrown. Apr 27, 2016
Eddie Reyes
EAST LA
Eddie Reyes   EAST LA
A fun trail indeed for true mountain bikers who don't piss and moan about earning their DH, yes there will be climbing but it's worth every effort of every pedal stroke trust me. This loop truly makes you feel like you're in the back country somewhere not in Los Angeles especially when you look North and all you see is mountains everywhere, terrain changes from year to year and I could only suspect 2018 will bring some dusty sandy conditions mid year and on. This loop is about to get longer! like 8+ miles longer once CORBA and MWBA opens up the rest of the Gabralino Trail (year TBD) making it an epic 25 miles of fun with about 16ish' miles of sweet DH all the way down to JPL. Remember to bring the right gear and the right bike for this one day adventure in the mountains, there is no cell service on most of the trail so let people know where you'll be leave the big bike at home and get your Enduro on HAVE FUN! Apr 6, 2018
Ren Mar
Los Angeles, CA
Ren Mar   Los Angeles, CA
I rode most of the loop today down to ACH and decided to ride straight back to my car because it was getting dark, which btw is a fun 90% downhill asphalt fast coast back to Clear Creek Junction. Just wanted to add how great this trail is. I'm new to mountain biking (first week on hardtail riding El Prieto) and was almost overwhelmed by the experience this trail brought me. Pretty much amazing all around. Tons of challenging climbs are rewarded with fun and technical descents that felt like I was mountaineering on a bicycle. A lot of sandy semi washed out single track is probably more of a psychological challenge than a physical one. But yeah definitely sketchy cliffs freaking like almost the whole time. Thrilling and risky all in one. I regret not having a headlamp and warm clothes. Also there was a big ass fallen treen blocking the trail just above Strawberry Meadows, honestly was fun climbing over it. Nov 8, 2018

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