Strawberry Peak (Mountaineers Route)
Let’s take things up a notch both in challenge and in fun and let’s do one of the coolest hikes in L.A.: Strawberry Peak via Mountaineers Route.
At 6,165 feet, Strawberry Peak is the highest summit in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains. There are two main trails to Strawberry Peak, a strictly hiking one, and the mountaineers route with some fun class rock scrambling in two different sections. The hike is considered moderately strenuous: 7 miles out and back, with an elevation gain and loss of 2,700 (including the class 3 scrambles).
The views both during the hike and from the top are absolutely amazing!
This hike is NOT for those out of shape and those afraid of heights. It’s OK if you are afraid of widths.
Fun quiz: Strawberry Peak got its name because:
1- A famous mountaineer called John Paul Strawberry discovered it in 1491.
2- Hikers were required to have a strawberry margarita before starting the hike when California used to be part of Mexico.
3- Mountaineers, probably tripping on acid, thought that the peak looked like an upside down strawberry.
I will reveal the answer during the hike. It really is one of the above. 😀
As a bonus, the trailhead is just a short drive on Angeles Crest Hwy. We’ll meet a 8:00 am at the carpool place at the bottom of Angeles Crest Highway. We’ll organize carpool and head up the road to the trailhead. The hike is supposed to take about 6 hours altogether. Afterwards we’ll go for pizza and beer.
– At least 3 liters of water. THERE IS NO WATER ON THE TRAIL AND IT WILL BE A HOT DAY.
– Snacks. If you really want to be cool, bring strawberries to eat at the top.
– Wear good shoes. We will be scrambling some rocks, so you can’t have shitty shoes.
See you then!
Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.
Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.
The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per the ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER.
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