Colby Canyon Trail to Strawberry Meadow is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palmdale, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length9.3 miElevation gain2,267 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
Waypoints (5)
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34.2698, -118.14062
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strawberry saddle
34.28217, -118.13417
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flats
34.29163, -118.12572
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lunch stop
34.28882, -118.11674
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saddle 2
34.28214, -118.13418
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joon rho
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Trent Cohen
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HikingIcySnow

Did this as a point-to-point hike from Redbox to Colby Canyon with car shuttle. It snowed 4 days ago and there was still quite a bit of snow on the north side of the mountain. It was up to 1 foot deep but getting packed in the trail. A bit icy. Microspikes were helpful. Also quite a few downed trees to duck under or climb over. Gorgeous trail especially in the snow.

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adrian lubanski
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HikingIcySnow

Beautiful trail hike starting through the canyon,crossing waters few times and up to the meadows. I hiked on 12/29 right after big night of snow so it was a bit icy and slippery in the canyon area. Definitely recommend to families with kids and dogs friendly. Great starter if you desire hike up either to Strawberry peak or Josephine’s peak !

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Felix Park
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Brian Broiles
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Justin Lee
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yoram klein
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Not scary, not hard. Beautiful scenery. One of the nicest trails I’ve been to in the area. Highly recommended

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louise Symington
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Carla Canales
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Thomas Sovinec
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HikingRocky

There is no “river” here, but rather a stream canyon on the lower part of the trail that is only a trickle at this time of year. I continued beyond the meadow area to the Strawberry Peak Trail junction, and the trail is all well maintained. After the first mile, I didn’t meet anyone on the trail all afternoon on a Tuesday. I didn’t see anything moist when passing through the meadow area, but that is reportedly off trail. The trail in the vicinity of the meadow has plenty of views of the dramatic north face of Strawberry Peak.

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Justin Shahbaz
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HikingGreat!

Canyon was a little rocky so definitely watch the footing. Great ascent up over the saddle with a series of switchbacks. Its pretty exposed on the way over the saddle, but once you get over it levels out for some good views

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CHARLIE LEE
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Nikolai Klyukach
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Greg Rifkin
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Over 3,000 feet elevation. Tough the first few miles then gorgeous mountain forest views.

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Paul Meister
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Mountaineer route too risky. We aborted and went other way and did total 10 mile out and back.

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Nathan Snyder
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Ary Magarian
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Jenny Hui
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Garrett Ward
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Marcos Mejia
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Silvia Lozano
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Polo Reyes
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John Hanson
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Angela Ramos
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Stephen Villaseñor
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Daniel Zehnder
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John Hanson
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Arnab Mukherjee
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