Strawberry Peak Trail - Angeles National Forest Trailhead - #StrawberryPeakTrail
Strawberry Peak Trail - Angeles National Forest - Los Angeles County - #StrawberryPeakTrail
Take Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2) from LaCanada and the 210 freeway. Drive north until you come to the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Angeles Forest Highway. (There will be signs for Palmdale at the intersection.) Turn left onto Angeles Forest Highway and park on the left side of the highway. (There is a wide area on the road and you are above a Forest Service buiding.) From the parking area, cross the road and enjoy the ride. Thomas Guide page 505 G1
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Trail Conditions
Strawberry Peak Trail - Great! - I did this loop (Josephine Fire Road to Strawberry Peak Trail to Red Box) on March 16, 2015 and the trail is in great condition. There were a few spots with snow on the trail in shaded areas but for the most part this trail is in good shape. Weather was great too.
CyclePicasso a 59 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Optibike R11 from Los Angeles
Posted on 04/08/15 Alert moderators of this post
Full Return to Strawberry - Road the whole loop to Red Box and down to Switzer today. The trail is in good shape overall with a few obstacles and soft spots in places especially down in the meadow. The downhill portion from the ridge to Red Box is really fun.
egrabow a 50 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon from Calabasas, CA
Posted on 08/15/14 Alert moderators of this post
Partial Return to Strawberry - Rode up to Josephine Saddle early on July 12, 2014 now that the Station Fire restrictions have been lifted for the area. The fire road up climb to the Saddle is in great shape as well as the road up to the top of Josephine Peak. The first half of the Strawberry Peak trail is in pretty good shape other than some soft spots here and there. Thanks to all the hard work put in so far by CORBA volunteers and donations from REI. But once you come around the corner where the backside of Strawberry peak comes into view things turned soft and treacherous. I turned around at that point and didn't attempt to ride the whole loop back to Red Box. Nice day with mild temperatures but lots of gnats buzzing around.
egrabow a 50 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon
Posted on 07/14/14 Alert moderators of this post
Sorry, trail is not open, neither is The Crest Hwy, nor ANF in that area.
Just have to wait it out.
The Lone Rider a 49 year old
Posted on 07/30/10 Alert moderators of this post
bummer no one is using this site - anybody know if this trail has been opened?
gearz a 50 year old
Posted on 07/29/10 Alert moderators of this post
Only a bit chilly, might be snow on it tomorrow though. The storm is heading in right now and it is cold up there. The drinking fountain at red box was filled with ice. We might have got the last snow free day till spring.
maxtheheathen a 24 year old Cross-Country Rider
Posted on 12/14/08 Alert moderators of this post
Strawberry Peak - Just rode this awesome loop a couple days ago. Trail was in very good condition and, of course, a ton of fun. Make sure sure you take the single track to Red Box, then finish at Switzers (spelling?)...then you are just 1/4 mile from where you started. Over 14 miles of KILLER single track!!
Ricky Mo a 44 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a 08 Specialized Epic Expert
Posted on 11/26/08 Alert moderators of this post
SWEET NECTAR...OH SO SWEET - I found this trail, thanks to this web site. I now have all my friends using it!!! The directions and trail info are very accurate. The climbing in the beginning is very hard (it separates the wheat from the chaff, the men from the see where I am going). It is very worth it though, because what lies at the top end of that climb is some of the sweetest nectar single track that I have had the pleasure of riding in so cal. I will agree that is is for advanced riders, because there were some difficult sections. It is all rideable, but I can see were a novice could get in over their head quick. I would recommend this trail to everyone capable. GOOD FREAKIN TIMES...good times.
HEADFIRST a 320 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Awesome 05 Giant Reign from Fullerton E-mail:this user
Posted on 11/24/08 Alert moderators of this post
No, its not. There is snow on the backside, mostly around the flats before the long single track climb...but is it rideable, yes. Give it a go.
LilGanJa a 24 year old
Posted on 03/07/08 Alert moderators of this post
Snow - Can anyone tell me if Straw is free of snow right now? I'm itching to ride it. THANKS!
Posted on 03/06/08 Alert moderators of this post
Trail is in Great Shape - Rode on Saturday 3/24. Weather was perfect and trail was perfect. Just a couple of small slides. Other then that the trail is in fantastic shape and is not yet sandy. Only sad part is the creeks and Strawberry Spring are already dry. Pretty sad for March. That means the trail is gonna get dry and sandy soon. But it is not yet, so get out there and ride it. One of the best rides in the San Gabriels. Non-Stop fun.
Posted on 03/26/07 Alert moderators of this post
josephine/strawberry - Rode it this past weekend. REALLY cold, with snow in sections of the trail and 40mph winds. But trail was fine. Fireroad was easy, singletrack was nice, but tougher aerobically than i hoped. think the cold may have hampered my enthusiasm... But completely rideable. Came back down the redbox-switzers run but by that time was too tired and cold to really enjoy the payoff. Totally recommend it though . great ride. amazing scenery.
klausmeyer a 28 year old Weekend Warrior riding a specialized fsr pro from los feliz, ca
Posted on 01/23/07 Alert moderators of this post
Josephine/Strawberry - We attempted this ride on Sunday, October 15. The Josephine fire road was fine but the Strawberry single-track was brutal. Lots of slides, and too many sections that were difficult or impossible to ride. Too many hike-a-bike sections. If you can clear this sucker, more power to you.
old gringo a 54 year old
Posted on 10/18/06 Alert moderators of this post
wrong name - the name given for this trail head is wrong. if you take these directions it will start you on the josephine peak fire road{nice climb}. which at about 3 miles intersects with the strawberry trail. to start on the strawberry trail you must start about 8 miles north west at red box junction. URL:
Posted on 05/10/06 Alert moderators of this post
Gettin' there... - ...not sure what was confusing, the directions above take you to the trailhead - as soon as you turn left on the Forest Hwy, parking is on the left/trailhead on the right past the gate - 2N64.
Did the ride yesterday for the first time and the trail is in great shape. Starts out with a tough fireroad climb, but the reward is great - miles of rolling and technical singletrack. Did half the option to Josephine Peak, as there is no trail marking on Josephine Saddle to tell you to take the singletrack to the right (at about 2.5). Finished the ride from Red Box to Switzer's and there are 3 sections washed out that require a short hike-a-bike over the stream.
Overall about 18mi and 2800' of climbing.
grinder a 44 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Marin from La Verne
Posted on 05/07/06 Alert moderators of this post
I 100% agree! - I totally agree with you IN FACT I do have the exact book you are talking about!...That & number of oothers! I take 100% responsibility for NOT bringing s copy from one of my books! The deal is that I decided to do that trail a block away from my friends house as I was picking him up! I have/had read up on the trail a # of times & normally I take a copy of a new trail with me!..BUT I told my buddy "Just copy the directions off So.Cal.Mtd.Com & lets go..Dude it looks like some kid/teenager wrote those directions...Trust me from now on the books will CONTINUE be my "truest" compass for NEW TRAILS....I just wanted to TAKE ISSUE with the directions and let anyone else attempting to find the trail via this site to..... BE WARNED!
Matt W a 46 whew! year old
Posted on 02/04/06 Alert moderators of this post
trail description - You should really get yerself some good guidebooks - the one with Strawberry Pk is Troy & Woten (Mountain Biking the San Gabriel Mtn's best trails) if you want accurate directions. I wouldn't rely on any directions given on the trail descriptions found on this website. I've found that 75% of them are innacurate or poorly written, and the rest are outdated!
Seaclasper a 99 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Vernicious Knid from Porkbelly, Alabama
Posted on 02/02/06 Alert moderators of this post
WORST TRAIL DESCRIPTION ..EVER! - We did this ride today (backwards???--not sure) & then went down Redbox to Switzers then back to the car!..This ride was fun BUT the trail directions SUCKED ROCKS!
Matt W a 46 whew! year old riding a Ellsworth Moment
Posted on 02/01/06 Alert moderators of this post
Trail is in great shape. - Tons of other riders out there today. We had a great time as always. This trail just seems to give you a lot more downhill for your climb. There is one trail collapse on the otherside of the Hwy 2, that one of our riders almost lost it on. It kind of sneaks up on you. It's about a mile in and there is no warning.I'm sorry I can't be more specific in the location,just keep alert for the first mile and you'll see it.

Pain Freak
Posted on 10/08/05 Alert moderators of this post

Time of Accident - about 3PM, the Air Evac was that time... still no exact location and all evidence will most probably be gone.
Rogrdane a 44 year old
Posted on 08/20/05 Alert moderators of this post
I was there - on the 16th.What was the time and location? I didn't see or hear of an evacuation, but I am sorry for whoever was hurt.Exactly what are you looking for? I rode with a group of four that was followed by another group of five that all made it out fine.
Pain Freak
Posted on 07/23/05 Alert moderators of this post
Major Injury on TRAIL - Lower 2 miles are fine... but on July 16th a good friend had a bicycling accident (no wits we know of) that resulted in Air evac out and major head injury. Doing okay now, but if ANYONE rides the trail and comes upon indications that a major blood loss occurred at some point, please drop email to - we are trying to find out how, why, what... many thanks.

rogrdane a 44 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Sierra Schwinnn from Los Angeles E-mail:this user
Posted on 07/23/05 Alert moderators of this post

PRISTINE! - That's the condition.

On Sunday (5/15) I road around Strawberry peak from Josephine Saddle to Mt. Lawlor gap. The trail is in pristine shape. One downed tree. Everything else is fine. Mt. Lawlor trail is in great shape and Strawberry Trail (down the back side) is in perfect shape also. I was quite amazed.

Much thanks to those who have done trail work out there. This is a spectacular ride.

FoeJay a 29 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Foes FXR from LA
Posted on 05/17/05 Alert moderators of this post

condition's? - does anyone out there knows the conditions on strawberry peak trail? thanks in advance.
Ramon a 39 year old Cross-Country Rider
Posted on 05/15/05 Alert moderators of this post
I think - Gringo the previous poster, was on a different trail then what I rode on today.A couple places have slid away,but it just makes for a more interesting ride.Conditions were great today.I know it rained up here a couple days ago,but you really couldn't tell it.Traction was the best, except when you transistion from dirt to the decomposed granite, makes for some interesting riding and skiing.Almost went down a couple times,but managed to pull it out.We were a group of 9 (myself,Scott,Nick,Jake,Tris,James,Igor,Bernie and Eric) that made the climb up to Josephine and the descent down the Gab with not a single mechnical or flat.The Gab part has changed some with the waterfall section not rideable.Maybe after a few more passes at it we will establish some lines,but right now it's just boulder after boulder that are all loose.I made it about half way down and another guy (James ) made it all the way,but was dabbing and tripodding all the way.Water flow is still moving along pretty good,but easily walked thru.The trail sanitizing they did late last year has helped a lot,but now with the rains there is some sections that remind me of the old Strawberry ride.Looks like it's coming back.Great ride today.

Pain Freak riding a Surly Turner from The 909
Posted on 02/13/05 Alert moderators of this post
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