Summary: The destination of this hike, the Strawberry Potero, is a spectacular setting in a meadow like clearing butted up against the 1000 foot cliff face of Strawberry Peak. The hike itself is somewhat less inspiring and has very little shade, although I did enjoy the mountain vistas once I crossed the saddle at the trailhead for Strawberry peak.
Directions are simple: follow the Red Box Canyon trail for 4.1 miles, then go left on the Colby Canyon Trail for about a half mile until you come to the base of Strawberry Peak.
On the way back when you reach the saddle, you may want to consider a challenging 2 mile side hike up a poorly maintained and extremely steep trail to the top of Strawberry Peak.
Trailhead: From the 210 Freeway in Pasadena head north onto the Angeles Crest Highway.(highway 2). At the 14 mile mark, park your car in the Red Box Ranger Station parking lot. The trail head is across the street and about 25 yards past the parking lot. (Lat:34.25855 Lon:-118.10417)
Trail Guides for Redbox Canyon to Strawberry Potero:
Trails of the Angles - 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels
by John W. Robinson (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: U.S. Forest Service (626) 821-6764
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Missamy on 3/14/2012
I almost don't want to review this hike I liked it so much. Beautiful weather today, there was a lot of animal activity and i think it's truly a beautiful hike. The views were amazing even despite the lack of elevation gain. Nice hike, harder coming up then going down. A must hike if you live in the area.
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