Strawberry Peak Trail via Redbox Canyon

HARD 172 reviews
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Strawberry Peak Trail via Redbox Canyon is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Wilson, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,788 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

no shade

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike. No snow or ice on trial 1-21-19.

6 days ago

its a work out! nice views on a nice clear day. Trail is a little tricky to find, if you are staring at the restrooms walk to your left all the way pass the picnic tables and cross the street you will see the sign.
Happy Trails!

14 days ago

Great views. Get there in the A.m. because its going to be a long hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Snowy at top. Great hike!

Great hike....a lol tough but with it once at the top....what a nice view

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail with excellent views from the top of Strawberry Peak. Trail is easy enough to follow. Trailhead is NE of the cultural center. When I went, there was a Carsonite post that said "Strawberry" at the trailhead. Saw a couple mountain bikers and one solo hiker on the trail when I went.

hiking
1 month ago

Phone read 7.34 miles in 2 hours 3 min with 2084 ft of elevation gain. First 2.75 miles are a gradual consistent incline. Last mile to the top is a quasi scramble. Hung out at the top for 10 minutes to sign the book. No shade whole way up. Views of downtown, Catalina, and snowy peaks.

hiking
1 month ago

I find the app description lacking so I’ve decided to put my own experiences here:

Difficulty: 6/10 (intermediate-hard)

Duration: 2 hrs up, 2 hrs down

Distance: 7.7 miles

Parking: parking lot (need pass)

Views: 9/10; Antelope Valley, Angeles Forest, (N, NE), LA basin (S), 360 at the peak

Incline: intermediate, last mile is pretty steep and some rock scrambling.

Technical: single track dirt, some rock scrambling last mile, some steps

Equipment: hiking shoes (Merrill mesh), north face convertible pants, Underarmor T-shirt, (camelbak w water), hoodie, gloves, beanie but took them off after warming up

Weather: mid 40s

Shade: some sections of shade, a lot from southern mountain shadow

Environment: forest and desert vegetation

Wildlife: birds

Bugs: none

Details: intermediate uphill most of the way, last mile is pretty steep spots with some rock scrambling

TIPs: cooler weather makes this hike easier and more pleasant, sign in at the top

PROS: a good hard work out and amazing 360 view on top

CONS: none

Scott H (aka Swiper)

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike!! You get a great workout out of it. Amazing views, a good amount of ups and downs to keep it fun and interesting through out the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

1 = Access
2 = What to wear
3 = The hike itself

1. The trailhead does NOT start from either of the parking lots. You have to walk through the area with the picnic tables at the far end of the large parking lot, and then across the road you'll the relatively nondescript trailhead. Just download the map and follow your dot directly to the trailhead, you'll think it's off but it'll take you there.

2. Easy, highly exposed first few miles, then a solid 1-1.5 miles uphill. They aren't switchbacks, and it's very loose gravel and sand, so go with good shoes. You would be fine in tennis shoes, but a lightweight pair of hiking boots would make the last stretch nicer. Also, WEAR PANTS. There is lots of sharper foliage and you will be glad you wore pants.

3. The overall hike has some very nice viewpoints and overall varied and interesting terrain. There are alot of false peaks so if you reach a vista and think its the top, look for the steel box and to see if there's a clear continuation of the trail. As people note, it probably is a little longer than 6.8 miles, but 2 hours up and 1 hour down is a reasonable estimate if you're moving steadily, not including time you spend chilling on the peak itself. Bring water if you're going in the summer because it will get hot!

Happy trails!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved the first few miles.
You'll know you've reached the peak when you see a strawberry shaped ornament.

2 months ago

Great views at the top. 2.5 miles of easy hiking and views, then climbing starts. For us the round trip was 7.6 miles. We started late, about 9– dont go later. It was hot by the time we were heading back.

3 months ago

Great hike with a good elevation.
I will not do this hike in the summer

hiking
3 months ago

Reached this peak on the second try after taking a shortcut that led to Mt Lawlor instead...the views are definitely worth it but the last stretch is no joke! make sure to pack plenty of water...we brought strawberries as well as strawberry milkshake IPAs, perfect celebration for the top!

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed this hike. Pretty easy going until you start to actually climb the peak of which there are a few false ones.

Beautiful views at the top as well as along Crest Highway to the parking area (especially at sunset).

TIPS: could get hot if you get later - pretty exposed so plan accordingly: water, sunscreen, hat. Don't forget your Adventure Pass for the parking lot

hiking
3 months ago

Short and not as bad as they say. In the early morning you will start in the shade of Mt Lawlor, but after mile 2 it is fully exposed and hot. Lots of prickly Yucca, so were long pants. The views are generous, but you never really get away from the roaring motor cycles on the Hwy - minus one star for that.

hiking
4 months ago

I didn’t look up this hike on the app. So had no idea this was a hard one. Was trying to keep up with the group I went with (far more experienced than I was). Yes the last mile is killer as someone else said with fake me out mountain tops. Watch out for yucca and I must’ve hit a nest of small black wasps? Got stung in 3 places. No one else did so not sure what I did.

hiking
5 months ago

We got a little turned around and actually took the wrong trail to begin with. The trail head is across road from the parking lot. So after our nearly mile detour, we began our climb. Not too bad on the way up, just hot. The area of the trail along the edge of the mountain is lovely and shaded and level with stellar views. But, man...they are NOT joking about the last portion of this trail!! Up and down and up some more. Loose sandy gravel. Sun exposed. I got overheated and since I have a issue with my hip, we were unable to make it to the top. But now that I know where it is and what to expect, you bet I’ll be back to finish!!

hiking
6 months 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.

hiking
6 months 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.

6 months 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.

7 months ago

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

7 months 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
9 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
10 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
10 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.

hiking
10 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 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
11 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.

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