Strawberry Peak Loop

 23 votes

15.6 Miles 25.2 Kilometers


85%

Singletrack

2,729' 832 m

Ascent

-2,733' -833 m

Descent

5,228' 1,594 m

High

3,252' 991 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

All Clear

45 days agoUpdate

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

Alex Fore

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.

Description

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 back to your car.

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Jul 9, 2017
Ryan Reedom
16.3mi — 3h 03m
Jul 9, 2017
Carson Blaker
Dry and dusty all around, but trail is brushed back all around as well and clear from downed trees. Great ride today! 16.7mi — 2h 34m
Jul 8, 2017
Vince Rolleri
Love this loop. Overall trail condition was really good; almost too groomed in some spots. Still a leg burner on the run up to Lawler but so good! 15.6mi — 3h 30m
Mar 18, 2017
John Bayon
Dec 10, 2016
Doron Weinstein
At mile 5.3 (if you start from clear creek) there is a tree blocking the trail. Besides that, the trail is in excellent condition! 15.6mi — 2h 41m
Oct 30, 2016
Ben Norman
2930' ascending and 2930' descending. Couple rad rock gardens. The last one is the best. It got some rain today and is super nice. Look out for hikers 15.5mi — 2h 22m
Sep 10, 2016
Craig Hayes
Jul 9, 2016
Rich Pinder

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Conditions


All Clear 45 days ago
Dry: Great conditions, very dry with some loose patches of sand right next to steep slopes - be careful! Switzer was closed.
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I want to provide a warning for a dangerous obstacle right before you come down into Strawberry Meadow. There is a short, narrow, curvy rock garden with large boulders on both sides. Within 2 feet of the last rock obstacle (where you turn to the left side of the path to clear it) there is a large fallen tree. It is about 3 feet in diameter and it is BELOW head height. In navigating through the obstacle mentioned above I did not see it and had I not been going less than 3 miles per hour I am certain I would have a had a serious injury. Be careful!! Dec 9, 2015


rode it in the snow today, it was about 1/4 hike a bike because of it but the 2nd half with its DH made up for the excitment. Jan 14, 2016


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


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