Strawberry Peak Trail via Redbox Canyon

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Strawberry Peak Trail via Redbox Canyon is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Wilson, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,794 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike! Took a little over 2 hours to get up and a little over 1 hour to get down. If you hit the trail early enough, a good chunk of the way up will be in shade. Time of year will determine exactly when that time frame is, but I had cover starting at 7:30am in June. The last 1/3 of the way up is very steep and you might feel like you are on a StairMaster at times, but it is extremely rewarding in the end. The view from the top is incredible. The peak itself, however, is a little underwhelming. Not many exposed rocks to take a seat on and a ton of insects that won't make you want to stay long/touch the log box at the top. Be sure to bring at least 2 liters of water as well for a hotter day. Went through most of my water on the way up and only stopped drinking to ration the rest for the way down.

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15 days ago

Nice little training hike. beginning of the hike has about 1/4 mile of shade but after that, it's HOT! Bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. Good Mellow hike right up until the last mile and it get's a bit scrambley with a couple false summits. Watch out for the Yucca and Bramble, there's lot of it up there. Great views and a little log box at the top.

19 days ago

That "hard" difficulty rating wasn't kidding. The trail begins simple enough. Not a big deal. Eventually however, we begin to climb up a mountain with little to no switchbacks. Just straight up. This hike is definitely not boring. As another poster mentioned, it's with the effort.

1 month ago

Really worth the effort. The views at the top were amazing.

1 month ago

There are a few different ways to get to this peak no matter witch trail you take you’ll get some pretty good views on a clear day. Not much shade on the trails so I would start early and pack at least 2 litters of water.

hiking
3 months ago

The view of LA and Catalina and the surrounding peaks is absolutely worth the trip.

Vegetation is typical of the the dry climate Southern California mesas and rocks are mostly granite.

The trail is located about 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Sometimes it can get foggy but for fairly experienced people orientation should be not a problem. There is parking space and park information hut at the beginning of the trail where is possible to buy cold drinks and get some water.

After an initial easy part the final 1/3 of the trail becomes more challenging as in parts is rocky and steep. There are no dangerous / exposed sections and no technical equipment is needed but good hiking shoes are recommended together with a windproof jacket.

hiking
4 months ago

My husband and I are avid hikers and this trail, although starts off easy the first 2.5 miles, gets very intense and difficult the next 2 miles. A 4.5 mile hike that truly has spectacular views once the intensity kicks in and the steep incline pounds your feet. It was a great day for a hike. Lunch at the peak along with some soup. Be sure you leave your mark at the box...

hiking
4 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail today. Gorgeous views and solitude, my dog and I did not encounter another soul the entire trail. The last 30-40 minutes of the hike is a booty kicker with a few areas that require scrambling up the rocks. Just prior to the steep ascent there is an option to turn left towards Strawberry Meadow. Take that trail if you’re not in the mood for cardio.

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4 months ago

It was a really good workout!! Some ice and frost early in the morning, but that was about it. Nice for the first 2 miles or so, but gets more intense past the marker for the peak. Some rocky terrain made it challenging past that but it's definitely doable. Got muddy coming back down and had to take it slow to get back up an incline.

hiking
4 months ago

Good morning hike. Trail is moderate for first 2 1/2 mi then more difficult. Views are worth the effort.

hiking
5 months ago

I hiked it on 2/10/18 and we had a great time. It wasn't too cold although it did get quite windy at times. I enjoyed this route much more than the Colby Canyon way which is about 1/2 a mile shorter but much harder due to the 800 ft of extra elevation gain and the rock scrambling. So if you are looking for a decent challenge Red Box is the better option than the much more challenging Colby route. The first 2.5 miles or so were not that difficult, but the last mile to the peak is going to require more out of you. The start of the trail is across parking lot on the other side of Hwy 2 and it is an easy trail to follow. You will be rewarded with great views at the top. Plan on it taking about 4 hrs.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this trail! A good work out through and through. Totally worth all the work you put in. First couple miles are pleasant and easy then the steepness and climbing kick in. I loved it, can’t wait to do it again.

5 months ago

Amazing and very challenging. Worth all the struggle.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing trail!!! Gets tough right at the end!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice gradual incline for the start of this hike, with stunning views almost immediately. Then you begin to climb, and scramble, and huff and puff your way to the top. A couple false peaks are in the way, you've finally made it when you find the summit register. Great views of the LA basin. The day we were there DTLA looked like a castle in the clouds.

6 months ago

this trail was short and easy, nice trail I can mark off my list!

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing trail! Great views, thought last mile

hiking
7 months ago

Stunning views. The hike is easy up through the last couple of miles and then it’s very challenging. Narrow trail, lots of boulders to navigate, yucca that will poke your legs. I highly recommend a sun hat, pants and hiking poles. I used the AllTrails app and downloaded the map prior to the hike. There is no reception at the start of the hike. I put my phone in airplane mode and used the downloaded AllTrails map to ensure I stayed on the trail. I went through 3 liters of water and still ran out. There is water at the starting point.

9 months ago

We took strawberry trail to the strawberry meadows and Colby canyon junction. On our way back we hiked up strawberry peak. It's a tough climb, steep and lots of yucca. The views are incredible.

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10 months ago

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

It was not hard trail and nice view

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Beautiful views. Saw a rattlesnake on the trail today (6/3/17) about fifth of the way up.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

gruelling

Monday, April 24, 2017

a much easier way up Strawberry Peak

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Monday, February 13, 2017

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

Hiked the peak from Red Box with our Boy Scout troop. Hike to the saddle west of Lawlor is relatively easy, but that's when the fun starts. Trail climbs significantly during the last mile, and there are lots of yucca plants ready to poke your legs at every turn. Definitely bring a lunch! We went on an overcast day, so couldn't enjoy the views. Hiking staff recommended.

hiking
Monday, February 29, 2016

Did the peak from Red Box Ranger Station. Came in at 7.5 miles up and back. Nice hike. Not a great trail, but very good views once you reach the ridge. Views from the peak arent as good as when going up, but there's lots of room for a picnic (or a nap as some other hikers were doing). :)
Minor scrambling coming up this way. I met a couple of hikers who came up the difficult side, and they were spooked enough to take the long way back in order to avoid going back down the same way.

hiking
Monday, November 23, 2015

hiked to strawberry pick true
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hiked to strawberry pick true Josephine road.nice.love it .

hiking
Friday, July 10, 2015

Hiked to the top of Josephine Peak Road. There were a lot of bikers riding and walking up. If you go in the middle of the day, don't expect to have much shade, so stop under a tree when you can. This is a dirt road that goes to the top of Josephine Peak. It is a several hour hike up the trail. I made it in about 3 hours, up all the way. Most of the bikers stop where it meets the Strawberry Peak trail (34.282407, -118.142291). I kept going. Found a nice camping spot just past there (34.286880, -118.151218). At the top you'll find a locked service building with solar panels and radio equipment. I enjoyed the trip up, but I would have loved a bike to go down.

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2 days ago

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