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Big Tujunga to Colby Canyon

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Highlights:

Strawberry Potrero, lush forests, ridgetop views, waterfalls, talus fields
Near:Tujunga, CA
Scenery:
Distance:8.32 miles
Elevation Gain:3000 ft
Hike Time:5 hours
Difficulty:Strenuous
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Point to Point



Summary: This hike has all the makings of a wilderness adventure including dramatic views from high mountain ridges, passages through lush forests, sparkling waterfalls and a optional side trip up to the summit of Strawberry Peak.

The trail begins along Big Tujunga Canyon creek and ascends up into a dense pine forest with breathtaking views of the San Gabriel high country to the north before heading southeast towards the highlight of the trip at Strawberry Potrero. Here you can rest at a picnic table while enjoying the view of Strawberry Peak's sheer north face and giant talus field.The trail continues up to a hub near Josephine Saddle at the Colby Trail junction. Here there is an option of taking a sidetrip. To the left is a well-worn climber's route leading to the summit of Strawberry Peak.The final ascent is a steep scramble over large boulders. The Colby Canyon trail descends to a wooded creek and past a tall waterfall before taking you back to your car.

Trailhead: From the 210 Freeway in Pasadena head north onto the Angeles Crest Highway. With two cars leave one at the unpaved turnout of the Colby Canyon trailhead on the north side of Angeles Crest Highway 0.7 mile east of Clear Creek Station . Take the other car 1.2 miles east from Angeles Forest Highway on Upper Big Tujunga Road, turn right on the road with a sign Colby Camp and descend to a large unpaved lot along Big Tujunga creek just past the bridge. The trailhead is located on the south side of the lot. (Lat:34.3097 Lon:-118.11365)
Trail Guides for Big Tujunga to Colby Canyon:
Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad  (Wilderness Press)

Trails of the Angeles: 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels
by John W. Robinson (Wilderness Press)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: U.S. Forest Service (626) 821-6764
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Eric Altizer, who has posted  13 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 4   Submit your own review
Reviewed by CD on 3/21/2010
Just FYI, within the station fire burn area closed until at least Sept 2010

Reviewed by CH on 3/18/2010
Have hiked this in the past. I know the Station Fire started only a few miles from here. Any news on its condition? Will it be closed indefinitely? Has Clear Creek Station been rebuilt?

Reviewed by William G on 5/1/2009
I just went today got back a few hours ago. I went up to the Junction and decided to head out to Strawberry peak. I ventured out onto the rock formations and had lunch. It was 1pm by the time I made it to the top (which is apparently at 6133ft). After a lot of photo's and a long sit down lunch with myself, I made my way down the trail and decided to trail run back to the junction and then hike the Colby Trail. I admit that I did not understand the Point to Point term on this site until I ran into a single biker on the trail heading in the opposite direction. He told me that it was not heading back to the parking lot down at the start of Big Tujunga trail, and I ended up trail running back down to my car. Saw a baby rattler and a Linx!!

Reviewed by Kamil on 3/9/2009
I found this hike after plans for Mt. Baldy fell through. The trek to Strawberry Peak from Camp Colby took a bit longer than anticipated but the views were spectacular and the weather was perfect. This was a moderately strenuous hike to the top of Strawberry Peak and I would say that it is comparable to some of the strenuous sections of Mt. Baldy, especially at the top. We hauled some climbing gear in hopes that we would be able to climb or rappel the shear face of Strawberry Peak, but ran out of time and decided to head back to Camp Colby after playing some hackey sack at the top. The trek down went rather quick as we decided to trail run some sections to get back down faster. Recommended hike with some caution for first time hikers.

Reviewed by maria on 1/30/2009
When I went, it was a beautiful sunny day, and when we got to where you take the trail down to Colby Canyon, there was snow on the ground! What a pleasant surprise!

Reviewed by Don on 6/28/2008
Hiked to the left from Colby Camp off of the Upper Big Tujunga Road. It's a great hike,but not recommended for a first time hiker, theres no real trail and you have to stop and look at which direction you scramble along the rocks or boulders. We hiked to a waterfall only about 2 miles or so down the creek and there are some ropes to repel down, however unless you want to throw you pack to the sand and jump and swim down, theres no easy way to get down. We backtracked to a very nice swimming pool and had a great time. However!!! the massive graffiti is MASSIVE everywhere it really brought the place down and the trash together it was just ridiculous!!!

Reviewed by Don on 6/28/2008
Hiked to the left from Colby Camp off of the Upper Big Tujunga Road. It's a great hike,but not recommended for a first time hiker, theres no real trail and you have to stop and look at which direction you scramble along the rocks or boulders. We hiked to a waterfall only about 2 miles or so down the creek and there are some ropes to repel down, however unless you want to throw you pack to the sand and jump and swim down, theres no easy way to get down. We backtracked to a very nice swimming pool and had a great time. However!!! the massive graffiti is MASSIVE everywhere it really brought the place down and the trash together it was just ridiculous!!!

Reviewed by Don on 6/28/2008
Hiked to the left from Colby Camp off of the Upper Big Tujunga Road. It's a great hike,but not recommended for a first time hiker, theres no real trail and you have to stop and look at which direction you scramble along the rocks or boulders. We hiked to a waterfall only about 2 miles or so down the creek and there are some ropes to repel down, however unless you want to throw you pack to the sand and jump and swim down, theres no easy way to get down. We backtracked to a very nice swimming pool and had a great time. However!!! the massive graffiti is MASSIVE everywhere it really brought the place down and the trash together it was just ridiculous!!!


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