Strawberry Peak via Colby Canyon is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palmdale, California that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and rock climbing and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.7 miElevation gain2,736 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingRock climbingRunningDog friendlyRiverViewsWildflowersRockyScramble
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of March 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire until April 2022. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/angeles/alerts-notices This trail starts in a dirt pull off on the left side shortly after the Switzer Falls pull off. Be sure to have your Angeles Crest Adventure Pass before you start out. The trail starts in a stream bed and a quarter of a mile in its uphill pretty much the rest of the way. Just before you get Strawberry Saddle theres some steep switchbacks.

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HikingRockyScramble

Not much shade, beautiful views. Ended up not doing second scramble, but first scramble is all choss.

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Daniel Lopez
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Hiking

The scramble at the end of the hike was intense.

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Keith Wayne
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RunningGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

Daaaaaaawg, this spot is WILDN! First off, real G’s do the Loop. If you go up Colby canyon - hit strawberry peak - then down red box canyon, you can just take the road back for a mile to your car at Colby, it pops you out right near Mt. Wilson. It’s wayyyy more enjoyable but you gotta have the guts to walk the road back with these foos rippin hellcats through the mountains like they got whips lol. Second off, those scrambles are CRAZY! I was eating boomers and ripping this live resin so I was really thrown off guard by how intense those were (and I uplove to Boulder). If you have any climbing experience you’ll be fine but it does get dicey in a couple spots, especially by the peak. Whooo!! best to find that route and not just climb up the fkr cause she’s a biiiig girl. Don’t. Look. Down. Like dawg, I love climbing mountains and today I was kinda tripping being out there by myself. Also, them thorns ain’t noooo joke. Prepare to sacrifice some blood to the trail gods lmao Funny story, I was cruising up to the peak screaming “let’s fking gooooo!! While bangin motion sickness by phoebe bridgers off my phone like some hipster... lol, as I got to the tippy top of the mountain, I turn the corner and there’s these three kids looking at me like baby owls eatin’ Doritos. I was cracking up. Anyyywayyyyys, moral of the story is... hang tight!!

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Monica Meier
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HikingGreat!

I love it!! lots of fun. The arrows helped alot, you have to take your time and see what route works best for you. We missed the trail, we went to far into Strawberry peak via Colby cyn. The trail is about 10ft off to the right side after the water tower at the saddle. The trail is beautiful with rocks and yucca plants. The views of near by mountains are spectacular. This is one of my favorite climb. Hardly anyone was on the trails, yes it was Easter Sunday, no cars were parked on the side of the road. There were plenty of parking. So glad we decided to do this hike on Easter Sunday.

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Gianna DeVine
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HikingGreat!Off trailRockyScramble

This is a lot of fun, and pretty well maintained. The class 3 scrambles are a lot of fun-- not difficult, but can be very exposed at points. If you want to limit exposure, keep left on the first scramble, and keep right at the summit block. Do the opposite if you want to have more fun, but know your limits & capabilities, of course.

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Alejandra Unzueta
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Mayuri I.
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Rock climbingRocky

It was smooth hike to the Saddle but to the peak from there was really rocky trail. It was really difficult to find the trail. We had to climb the rocks but were not sure we were going to correct way. Also the path was really sketchy and felt dangerous. We gave up on heading to the peak and turned back to the saddle. I really want to challenge this trail again!

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David Lewis
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HikingIcy

I feel like I have to write a review after reading all the comments. I don’t know what trail everyone else was taking but this is a rock climb at the end. Bring gloves because the mountain is granite and will tear up your hands. Yes you will need your hands to client the side of the mountain. Really loved the hike but it was too steep to take back down. No way we could scale the mountain down hill so we took the long way back

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Jeremiah Call
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Rock climbingBugsOver grownRockyScramble

Nice hike especially along the beginning shaded stream. Not a lot of poison oak right now, didn't see any in fact. Be careful on the first scramble section. I went right and things got very sketchy with a lot of exposure and incredible loose terrane. Don't go right, go up and slightly left. The second scramble (the one near the top) isn't too bad as long as you go toward the right and follow the faded arrows and footprints. If you go left (like I did by accident on the way up) it's much harder and more dangerous. going down really isn't that bad, just be careful. Overall a great hike as long as you are careful to stay on the route or backtrack when you notice you're off of it.

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Thomson Dryjanski
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Christian Mendez
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Young Cho
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it was great!

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Malcolm Tisdale
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Hiking

Great hike but overgrown in parts but not marked super well during the final scrambling section. Incredible view from the top. Scrambling was fun, wish there was more. Completed in 3 hrs

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Storm Robinson
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RunningGreat!Scramble

There’s a quick scramble at mile 2.3... then a real hairy scramble before the peak. When you get the the base of the second scramble, hang more right (s) than left (n)... jfc, right is pretty hairy as it is, but I accidentally took a left last time and whew... luckily a more experienced hiker came along and let me follow him up. There are times you legit can’t see what’s on the other end of some of the rock faces and I guess you either have to know what you’re doing or just hope for the best and keep going up.

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Sara Ghassemy
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Hiking

Sketchy at the top! Beautiful though

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Neil Bagwell
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Loved the trail! Nice and challenging. Easy 6 miles if you stay course. The climbing at the top can be a bit gnarly. Enjoy!

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