Summary: This is a really nice hike, with great views all along the trail. The actual summit is somewhat anticlimactic, because you have better views during the hike up. However, the summit is shaded by some pines which make the top all the more friendlier on a hot summer day.
The trail is very easy to follow if you use your intuition. When you first come to a branch about 1/2 mile in and up, you need to continue North and take the branch on your left. Don't follow the highway. You will be traversing through some hardy yucca, so watch where you step. For the most part, the trail is well maintained.
You will come to another signed branch about 1.5 miles in, and at this point you need to continue north again and again take the left branch. This is rather obvious because it goes up the mountain. The other trail leads to Strawberry Meadows. This is where you gain most of your elevation, and there is some climbing on the ridge. It's a bit rocky.
Trailhead: Park at Red Box Gap/Ranger Station. Walk east up the road until you see a dingy grey remnant of a roadway on the north side of the Angeles Crest highway. It is less than .25 of a mile from the lowest parking area. If you see the old water tower before you are going up the road, you have gone too far. It really doesn't look like the trail, but it is - it is unmarked. The trail parallels the Highway for about 1/2 a mile so if you've passed it - look up and you'll see it. (Lat:34.2836 Lon:-118.12053)
Trail Guides for Strawberry Peak from Red Box Junction:
Best Hikes With Dogs - Southern California
by Allen Riedel (Mountaineers books)
Trails of the Angeles - 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels
by John W. Robinson (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Angeles National Forest - (818)574-1613
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Chris Alarcon on 3/4/2013
Hiked -12/07/2012 *** Closed Ar *** I got a citation for $75! My group and I did make it all the way to the top and there are a lot of parts where the trail is washed out and over grown. This is one of the best hikes I have been on since my snow adventure to Mount Islip ( Mount Islip Pic here/a>. This is not a easy, make sure to have good shoes, extra water, food map of the area! Once you get to Josephine Saddle you can easily miss it. you take a quick switch and start going up. If you begin to go down the trail, you are going the wrong way. Pictures here
Reviewed by Sterling on 6/26/2012
It's closed and really really overgrown. The trail is washed away in many parts and the trail is completely gone going though Strawberry Potero. We got lost and had to double back. It's really hot and there's no water. I wouldn't try it again until it's officially reopened. The overgrown trail just slows you down too much.
Reviewed by MIke P. on 6/1/2012
Anyone know if this is part of the station fire burn area that just opened?
Reviewed by Viewer on 4/17/2012
The trail is closed however, I've been leading hikes up colby canyon to the saddle, then to the top of Strawberry Peak via the Switzer Picnic area for the past year. If you take the creek bed from the parking lot upstream, it will lead you to a tunnel under the hwy and you can catch the trail from there. This in not an easy trail and the soil is slighty loose at times. The trail is there but it does take a bit of a trained eye to find it. Lots of poison ivy so wear pants and good hiking shoes. FB Edwards Hiking Club
Reviewed by Michelle on 8/4/2011
Does anyone know if the trail is open?
Reviewed by DH on 10/10/2010
There is no access to CA-2/Angeles Crest Hwy toward until January 2011. Don't waste your time and gas.
Reviewed by Ze on 1/13/2010
to the previous reviewer, this hike & area are CLOSED to hiking!!! You cannot hike in this area all the way to Islip saddle.
Reviewed by Lucinda on 1/7/2010
I went on this hike about 2 years ago, and just went back again last week. WARNING: THERE IS NO TRAIL LEFT. we had to hike the creek bed due to severe fire and rain damage. I would not recommend this hike to anyone except those who don't mind slippery slopes, mudslides and off-trail hiking.
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