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Strawberry Peak
Angeles National Forest

Strawberry Peak is in the San Gabriel Mountains above La Caņada.  With an elevation of some 6,000 feet, there's a good trail for most of the way, and a tough rock climb for the last 1/2 mile or so.  Leaving your vehicle at either Clear Creek or Colby Canyon, it's about an 8 1/2 mile round trip.  Important that you wear long pants [thorny buck brush] and take gloves for the rock climb part.  The top is rounded off and doesn't seem like a "proper peak" but it's a great hike to do.  Do this hike in the late fall, winter, or early spring.  Too damn many rattlesnakes during the summer.

About 1/2 mile into the hike, looking back down towards the trailhead.

Trail between the trailhead and Josephine Saddle is really good!

First view of Strawberry Peak from the trail.

View back down the canyon and trail towards the trailhead.

Your first good view of the peak from the trail, still 1,800' and 2 miles by trail above you.

Looking due East, Mt. Waterman and Mt. Baldy.

Mt. Wilson with the TV antennas.

Mt. Gleason on the left, Mt. Pacifico on the right, with Angeles Forest Highway in distance.

San Fernando Valley with Josephine Peak in the foreground.

Looking towards Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

View of the San Gabriel Valley.

The Korean American Alpine Club [www.kaac.co.kr] on the summit. All are in their 50's & 60's, two have summitted Everest. They hike every Sunday.

The Koreans eating lunch, sushi with chopsticks!

View towards the San Fernando Valley.

Looking west towards La Crescenta and the Hollywood area.

View of Los Angeles, Palos Verde Hills in background, and you can just barely see Catalina.

From Josephine Saddle, looking down the trail, another two miles to the car!

Last look at the peak. What a ball-buster!

Wild Holly alongside the trail, but all I could think about was my sore feet, my sore body, a shower, a beer, and a steak dinner! Whew!