Strawberry Peak Trail

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, California

Elevation Gain6,802ft
Trailhead Elevation3,190ft
Elevation Min/Max3176/5288ft
Elevation Start/End3190/3190ft

Strawberry Peak Trail

Strawberry Peak Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. It is 6.5 miles long and begins at 3,190 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,802 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The Firebreak cutline can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Colby Canyon Trail, Barley Flats Truck Trail and Firebreak.

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"Strawberry Peak’s 6164-foot summit beats by a smidgen 6161-foot San Gabriel Peak, thus claiming the honor of being the highest peak in the Front Range. Although its profile appears rounded as seen from most places, in reality its flanks fall away sharply on three sides, leaving only one relatively easy route to the top." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"Strawberry Peak is a fine hike, although it does get a good bit of foot traffic. At 6164 feet the peak is the tallest in this lower section of the San Gabriels. The only other 6000-foot peak in the front range is San Gabriel Peak, and therefore this is a fairly popular hike. Going on a weekday, or a day like Super Bowl Sunday, will take away the visitors and allow you and your dog to enjoy this trail to the maximum. This is a perfect winter climb, because the snow in the Angeles National Forest barely registers for long below the 6000-foot mark. Conversely, the afternoon in summertime can be scorching hot, and should not be attempted unless you are well equipped for that sort of undertaking. There are no berries to be had anywhere in the region, and the peak gets its name from its double-bump shape, which might remind you of an upside-down strawberry. Evidently in the days before easy travel into these peaks, imaginations ran wild with dreams of exotic fruits." Read more
Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"Named by mountaineers of a century ago—who imagined an upside-down strawberry— Strawberry Peak challenges rock-climbers and hikers. The challenge comes from the final approach to the peak, which involves some boulder-climbing when tackling the west slope or a vigorous hike along a firebreak when ascending the east slope. At 6,164 feet, Strawberry Peak just tops its neighbor across the Angeles Crest Highway, San Gabriel Peak (6,161 feet), for the honor of being the highest peak in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains. Actually, Strawberry Peak seems more backcountry than front range. It offers summit panoramas, not of the city but of the Arroyo Seco and Big Tujunga watersheds, and of the crests along Angeles Crest Highway. Compared to the sometimes smoggy air clinging to other city-facing front range peaks, the air around Strawberry Peak is positively alpine." Read more
Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County (Menasha Ridge Press)
Charles Patterson
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"The Strawberry Peak Loop is another reason the San Gabriel Mountains rank as the premier mountain bike destination in Southern California. Although it’s very sketchy, this route doesn’t get top honors in the technical department, but it is without a doubt the scariest. Can you handle riding on the edge of a cliff for extended periods? If you’re affected by vertigo, then ride somewhere else— anywhere else—because you won’t find a more exposed ride in the southern half of the Golden State. It is also one of the best singletrack experiences to be had anywhere, and surely one to write home about. Safety Message Because of the trail’s technical difficulty and nearness to disastrous drop-offs and cliffs, no novice riders should attempt this ride under any circumstances. Never attempt this route alone or late in the day." Read more

Strawberry Peak Trail Reviews

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I hiked Strawberry Peak & Strawberry Meadow! It was beautiful but it did have its fair share of difficulties. Right now, some of the trail signs are burnt down but some hikers have marked the trail with paint. Go in the morning so you can see the clouds rise! If you get in any trouble, there is a ranger''s station right by the entrance near Switzer Falls!
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Trail closed to public use, as for the whole area, due to wilderness recovery after 2009 fires. Not planned to reopen in the near future.

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Trail Information

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Nearby City
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min Chilao Flat
Local Maps

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Dec 2018