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Strawberry Peak via Colby Canyon is a 6 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.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 2,690 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Rock climbing

Running

River

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

Scramble

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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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Paul Oh
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Check out my trip Strawberry Peak to get a feel for what the two scrambles to the top look like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DZMQl8PZrs You NEED an Adventure parking pass. Buy one at the visitor center on the way to the trailhead or online. The first two miles are a normal hiking trail with a slight incline. Once you reach the "UFO" at the top of Colby Canyon, head up the right side to head to Strawberry Peak (taking a left leads to Josephine Peak). If you want to go up the Mountaineer's Route, you will need to take a hard right off the path. This is less than 0.1 miles after choosing the Strawberry Peak path from the "UFO."

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Daniel Wu
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HikingNo shadeOver grownScramble

Great hike! Definitely a tough one. The section after the saddle is very overgrown. There are two scrambles, the first just after the saddle is short and easy. The final scramble at the peak is tough but safe. I dropped a pair of 9Five sunglasses somewhere between the saddle and the peak. If someone finds em, please contact me! Thanks in advance 650-799-4254

Kerstin Leistner
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HikingRockyScramble
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Juliana Halpert
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HikingRockyScramble
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Brian Carlson
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Hiking

Went on Sunday, Father’s Day with my daughter. Seemed like a lot of people parked around the trail head. Got a late start, 2pm. Light traffic. Some poison oak in the first mile out from the trail head; but easy to avoid. Warm.. cooler the further and higher you go. Bring water, the 2 mile/2000ft ascent gets tough. Definitely deserves a HARD rating. Sunscreen too... in true SoCal fashion there’s not much shade.

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Rachel Derrico
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble
Aaron Kissel
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HikingRockyScramble

A very fun hike considering the proximity to Los Angeles. I’ve now done it twice and it’s one of my favorites for local scrambling that isn’t too exposed. The mid-section can be hot/sunny so be sure to take a good amount of water.

Alexander Siasi
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Off trailOver grownRockyScramble

There's a good bit of 3rd class scrambling here, bring water, long pants/long sleeve shirt and preferably a friend who's capable of 6 miles. 3 hours car to car if you're "experienced", 4-6 if you prefer to take your time. Don't miss the turn after the water tower. It's a right from the water tower and then another quick right up the narrow little trail. A lot of the trail is unmarked, unmaintained and you'll have to improvise with directions. Be safe and enjoy!

Grace Hummingbird
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HikingNo shadeRocky

great trail. but rough on the feet. loose rocks, mostly inclines all the way up and then declines all the way down. no shade, really pushes you to the limit but fun. dog friendly. bring lots of water and sunblock and a hat

Matthieu Tremblay
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble
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Taina Berardi
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Hiking

-tough first hike post-SiP -wonderful creek along the route in the beginning -lots of overgrowth and sharp yucca (wear pants/long sleeves) -challenging scrambles past the water tower and on the peak -beautiful views -lots of lizards, birds songs, one rattle snake and one other snake -napped/lounged for a bit on a warm boulder near the top -bring lots of water— we drank almost 3 liters each

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Daniel Lichtenstein
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HikingRockyScramble

5/16/20 Colby Canyon was great, Mountaineers should only be done by experienced hikers. I got to top and wasn’t even sure if I was on the trail! It’s very loose and exposed cliffs, and more like a rock climb! Do not go solo, do not go in sneakers, do not go if you’re afraid of heights!

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