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Redbox Canyon to Strawberry Potero

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Angeles National Forest

Redbox Canyon to Strawberry Potero is a 16.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mount Wilson, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 16.6 miles Elevation Gain: 4,173 feet Route Type: Loop

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Panoramic mountain vistas, views of towering Strawberry Peak 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 has very little shade. 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.

Sat Jun 29 2019

The scramble up the back side of Strawberry peak is a ton of fun and a good workout.

Sun Mar 18 2018

We came via Red Box and hiked a very easy 2.5miles. After rounding the last bend we began to see the intensity of this particular trail. You climb down a steep hill and then begin your difficult 2 mile incline. This is a huge climb and totally requires muscle strength and endurance. It’s hard on the knees but well worth the climb.

Sun Feb 25 2018

I tried this the opposite way round and either I tried to descend the wrong way or getting down the other side is a vertical rock climb? I ended up getting into a sticky spot thinking it would ease up. There were red tape on the trees and I saw some arrows pointing to the top indicating this was a route?

Mon May 01 2017

Hiked from Red Box-Strawberry Peak-Strawberry Meadow. The trail from Red Box to the meadow is in good shape. Wildflowers were nice just before the meadow. It was a little buggy after the saddle.

Mon Nov 28 2016

don't see Valley Forge on map? Went and rain may have washed out trail to westfork. Had to stay at Valley Forge. good learning lesson to get a real topo before heading out for the trip.

Sun Dec 06 2015

great for me and I just started hiking...

Tue Mar 13 2012

This trail is still technically closed. Some areas on the hillside have been washed out a bit so you need to watch your step. We started from the north side so we did not notice the closed sign until we exited at box canyon. Barely any snow on the trail for late early March.

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