Strawberry Peak via Mountaineer’s Route is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palmdale, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length10.2 miElevation gain3,474 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsRunningViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleNo shade
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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 hike starts out at the Colby Canyon trailhead.

This hike starts out at the Colby Canyon trailhead, following the canyon floor for about a half mile. After a few stream crossings, you will start up switchbacks that end at a large, concrete water storage tank. This is Josephine Saddle. Going to the left will lead to Josephine Peak; going to the right will take you six miles to the opposite side of the mountain where you can access Mount Lawler and Strawberry Peak via the standard hiking trail.

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Gianna DeVine
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HikingGreat!Off trailRockyScramble

Really well maintained trail that is pretty fun. Not too difficult; just long. If you really book it, this trail can be done in about 4.5 Hrs. 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. I actually think doing the out and back version (via Colby Canyon) is more difficult than this cause scrambling down isn't as fun as going up.

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Stefan V.
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Abbey Everson
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HikingRockyScramble

Loved this hike... after that concrete water catchment UFO looking thing, use your navigating skills to locate the correct trail up to the first little climb. The two sections people talk about is not a joke, but it’s also not the hardest thing you’ll ever do in your life either... just be careful and know your limits, turn around if need be... did I mention, it’s probably easier going “up” this route rather than down it from the other side. There’s not supposed to be a trail to follow, Boulder hopping for a little ways on relatively flat ground right before the ascent of climb #2. This one is tricky, but things like this make life exciting (imo) so hang on tight and navigate up :) btw a climbing helmet wouldn’t be a bad idea, not necessary, but nice... I had mine and while no rocks fell on me, I did manage to bump my head on several rocks while pulling myself up a few times, so it came in handy ;)

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Jenny C
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Backpacking

My friend and I were fools and thought the good star rating and photos would make this trail okay, but like some of the other reviews, it is NOT 10 miles. I recorded 12.5 miles doing the loop clockwise. The first 2 miles were fine, then there’s some UFO-looking concrete. We kept going, and it was mainly horizontal for 1-2 hours! Then there were two peaks that we came up before finally getting to strawberry peak. The way down from there is where things got ridiculous. Really poorly maintained trail and lack of trail marking besides *occasionally* tiny blue arrows (literally just a few inches big sometimes) on boulders— boulders that we literally climbed down. I’m a rock climber, so I had some technique to help me down, but if you aren’t careful, you could definitely fall off. Also wear long pants and bring a jacket in case— very helpful because we got poked by spiky plants at least hundreds of times. This was the most poorly marked trail I’ve ever hiked/backpacked. It ended up taking us one hour to get done the steepest boulders! Then keep your eye out for the UFO-looking thing i mentioned along the ridge because that is what helped us stay on the trail. Overall, amazing views though! You can see DTLA and even the ocean! Also looks a bit like yosemite ~3 miles in!

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Francisco Hernandez
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Fun route. Scrambling probably a class 2, maybe a 3. Going up isn't that bad, just gotta stop and think about the route sometimes. Came back down the same way, since it seems a lot of people agree it's actually a much longer way down. Way down is also not too bad. Only funky part is at the "kamper ken" tagging

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Anastasiya Moiseyeva
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Rock climbingGreat!No shadeOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

This is an incredible beast of a hike! We went back again yesterday because we couldn’t find the trail the first time after Josephine Saddle. It’s a very tricky one to find. After you pass the saddle, do not keep going straight. You will take a slight right and go up. That being said, this is not for beginners. You traverse all the way up boulders; climbing vertically to the peak. It is a very steep climb. After you get to the peak, you will say, I can’t believe I actually did that! It took us about 11.62 miles back to Colby Canyon where we parked; it is not 10 miles.

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RikRask(Eric Richard Lasko)
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trailRockyScramble

(Hiked on 3/5) What an amazing hike and the reviews do not lie - this is a vertical climb to the top in 2 x separate places. Now if you fall or take a misstep, will you die? I mean, maybe or even perhaps....But just take it slow and be confident in your moves and you will be alright. Amazing challenge though and please do not take your dog on this route....worth mentioning that around coordinates 34.27335, -118.13323 there is a dangerous fall off to your left going up and to your right coming down(approx. 1.5 miles from the trail head) Also, honorable mention to Strawberry Meadow - what a pleasant surprise to walk thru this beautiful and open area in this vast wilderness - needless to say we will be back to camp if that's legal(doing research) RR

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Anton Peterson
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Hiking

Be careful with this trail. We did the full loop today it is not 10mi more like 15mi so be ready for that, and if you don’t have experience bouldering don’t go to the top it can get pretty dangerous and path is not clear so be warned, it is a beautiful hike and area is stunning to look at and be in. But be ready and be prepared or don’t do it

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Domz Valdez
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Derek L
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Would not recommend unless you are an experienced at scrambling...Rocky exposed trail... no need for microspikes at the time of this post

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Jack Hill
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Hiking

Beautiful hike today, started 4:45 am, fairly calm and mild weather the whole way. The streams toward the start were flowing nicely. Someone has kindly cleared out a ton of the stuff along the whole trail and now that ridge line is way less bushwhack-y and easy to follow, which is nice. Passed many parties coming up on my way down, back to car at 9 am.

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Brian Tanksley
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Hiking

Great conditions. Some bits of snow in places, but I wouldn’t bring micro spikes if I were to go do it again tomorrow. As always, the return path from the summit seems super long, no change there. Beautiful hike though! Not too busy, but also didn’t feel totally isolated (a nice mix)

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Tommy L
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HikingGreat!IcyOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

Ass kicker! I met some people on the way up who were threatening to go back the same way they came and I just don’t know how one would do that I guess you have to have like courage or something LOL So I took the long route through strawberry metal around I swear that takes 2 1/2 hours and it was snow snow snow but you don’t need spikes it’s just a bit of it drudgery But I always love the mountaineers route it makes me feel like kind of a mini Everest feeling enjoy!

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