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  • Strawberry Peak Trail - #StrawberryPeakTrail

    Socal - Los Angeles County - Angeles National Forest NickNames: #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 UpdateStrawberry 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:04/08/2015

    • Trail UpdateFull 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:08/15/2014

    • Trail UpdatePartial 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:07/14/2014

    • Trail UpdateSorry, 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:07/30/2010

    • Trail UpdateBummer No One Is Using This Site-anybody know if this trail has been opened?
      gearz a 50 year old

      Posted:07/29/2010

    • Trail UpdateOnly 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:12/14/2008

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry 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:11/26/2008

    • Trail UpdateSWEET 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 boys...you 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

      Posted:11/24/2008

    • Trail UpdateNo, 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:03/07/2008

    • Trail UpdateSnow-Can anyone tell me if Straw is free of snow right now? I'm itching to ride it. THANKS!
      kirec

      Posted:03/06/2008

    • Trail UpdateTrail 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:03/26/2007

    • Trail UpdateJosephine/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:01/23/2007

    • Trail UpdateJosephine/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:10/18/2006

    • Trail UpdateWrong 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: http://allmtnsocal.com

      Posted:05/10/2006

    • Trail UpdateGettin' 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:05/07/2006

    • Trail UpdateI 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:02/04/2006

    • Trail UpdateTrail 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:02/02/2006

    • Trail UpdateWORST 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:02/01/2006

    • Trail UpdateTrail 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:10/08/2005

    • Trail UpdateTime Of Accident-about 3PM, the Air Evac was that time... still no exact location and all evidence will most probably be gone.
      Thanks.
      Rogrdane a 44 year old

      Posted:08/20/2005

    • Trail UpdateI 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:07/23/2005

    • Trail UpdateMajor 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 rogrdane@yahoo.com - we are trying to find out how, why, what... many thanks.

      Rog
      rogrdane a 44 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Sierra Schwinnn from Los Angeles

      Posted:07/23/2005

    • Trail UpdatePRISTINE!-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:05/17/2005

    • Trail UpdateCondition's?-does anyone out there knows the conditions on strawberry peak trail? thanks in advance.
      Ramon a 39 year old Cross-Country Rider

      Posted:05/15/2005

    • Trail UpdateI 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:02/13/2005

    • Trail UpdateJosephine/Strawberry-Next time I will obey my instincts and ignore the
      riding buds. We did this one 1-23-05. The first 2.5
      miles up to the Josephine turn-off are fine; just a
      couple of rutty spots. The single track from that
      point on is trashed; lots of mud and rock slides,
      trees down; the Strawberry Potrero section is
      completed washed out with sand, snow, and ice.
      The single track the last 2.3 back to the highway is
      one slide or washout after another. I probably
      walked eight of the 15.5 miles. I recommend
      waiting until after the rainy season and then for
      some serious trail work before trying this one.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 15.5 miles Elevation change: + 2000
      Singletrack=50% Dirt Road=25% Paved Path=25%
      Gringo a 52 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Ellsworth Isis from Chatsworth

      Posted:01/24/2005

    • Trail UpdateHugh & Papisimo, yeah, the trail north from the Strawberry Trail has two branches; they both go to Camp Colby, but the right fork is less steep and more fun. The left fork is like an elevator shaft in places, and reminds me of a trail in the Verdugos (La Tuna Cyn Trail, I think). It's so steep! A two-hour hike up yielded a 25-minute downhill to a parking lot by a bridge off of Upper Big T Cyn Rd. This is better done as a loop from said pkg lot. Climbing that mofo trail at the end of a ride would not be fun, and the hiqhway alternatives are much much longer.
      I guess it's obvious that I'm talking about biking and not motorcycle riding. This time... :)
      Big Ben a 35 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Raleigh MT20 and an '02 Honda XR250R from Hollywood

      Posted:12/03/2004

    • Trail UpdateGood Things Ahead.-Started at Clear Creek and rode the Strawberry ride to Red Box, then descended down to JPL.
      Strawberry has some good things starting to happen.A little to sandy in some areas,but I figure with a little more rain that will be a non-issue.The trail in itself has got some new ruts in it, it's also had some trail collapses along with some slides.We've got new rocks and the starting of new rock gardens.I think this will be back to a very challenging trail again in a year or two,I loved the ride today even though it was a lot easier then it used to be.The sites and sounds of the wilderness are still there as is the workout.Some of the work they did there just isn't working out the way I think they thought it would.Some serious damage to the trail in a few areas.The rest of the ride was an absolute BLAST!A little to much water,but I needed a bath anyways.Good times out there.
      Pain Freak riding a Surly Turner from The 909

      Posted:11/06/2004

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry-I do appreciate the huge amount of work that went into making a beautiful, technically challenging trail practically handicap accessible. I also understand that the forest service cleaned it up to limit injury risk to hikers and riders. I will ride the trail again and I will enjoy it like I did yesterday but I will certainly miss the challenges that that great trail used to offer!
      I also fully believe as do the other people I was with that more could have been done to protect the trail against heavy rain damage. Waterbars and the like,which the natural rocks also provided.
      And yes, I am whining! I think that type of trail maintenance sucks! Many mountain bikers like having the occasional obstacle in the trail. Why do you think they bulit North Shore! Who doesnt like to clean the rock garden or ride over a big log!
      You think I'm whining? Youre Damn right I am. You should be pissed too, if youre any kind of rider that likes a challenge!! Whatever! I stick by what I said! If you like the trail the way it is, great! Doesnt mean I have to!

      Posted:09/26/2004

    • Trail UpdateQuit Your Whining-Since you haven't been there in three years, it's obvious you aren't a regular on this trail. So, quit your whining and appreciate the enormous amount of work that went into repairing it. 30 years ago, the trail was in great shape; now it's even better.
      Hugh Jass a Cross-Country Rider riding a foes from Santa Blanca

      Posted:09/26/2004

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak-I did the trail today for the first time in about 3 years. I heard it'd been cleaned up. Actually, it has been disgustingly cleaned up! The bridges and trail supports are great but they took out every single technical rock they could find! It's like riding a skinny fire-road! What's the point? Some of us liked testing our skills on the rocky sections! I mean they even took out the EASY sections. They were naturally there. Part of the wildness of the area. Even the sections I had to walk in the past should've been left in! The rocks belonged there. I also saw nothing on the switchbacks to keep them from washing away during the next rain. It was fun but I miss the old trail! They couldve cleaned it up and left it natural!!
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 19 Elevation change: lots
      Singletrack=60% Dirt Road=40%
      Dirtmistress a Die-hard Enthusiast riding a superlight from L.A.

      Posted:09/25/2004

    • Trail UpdateNot Sure-I'm not sure where else it goes after the ranch. I know you can reach the ranch by road from Big Tujunga Road. There is a website for the religious organization that runs Colby (and other backcountry retreats, like Sturtevant), and it gives driving directions. All these places are for rent by groups.
      Hugh Jass a 37 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Mantra from Brucero

      Posted:08/24/2004

    • Trail UpdateStraw Peak-The table hasn't been rebuilt, rather perched up against the tree. I did't use the table. I found a nice boulder and sat on that instead. So that is Colby Ranch Trail? Where does it go(besides the assumption of Colby Ranch). Does it meet up with another trail head?
      Thanks
      Paz Afuera
      Papisimo riding a Bike

      Posted:08/24/2004

    • Trail UpdateColby Ranch Trail?-I think that the trail you are talking about is the trail that goes north from near Strawberry Potrero to Colby Ranch. You said that you had lunch at the picnic tables. Has the table been rebuilt? When I was there in April, it was in pieces on the ground.
      Hugh Jass a 37 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Foes from Baldwin

      Posted:08/23/2004

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak-Gab To Switzers-Hey peeps,
      I rode this trail yesterday going clockwise from the Highway intersection by Clear Creek Ranger Station.
      The weather was nice and cool, very surprising for an August afternoon. Most importantly, the air was crystal focking clear!!! We parked at the bottom of the Josephine Peak fireroad. The road is a little bit of a grunt, but a nice warm up and views. After warning my friends to get ready for some nasty exposure we headed of on the Strawberry Peak Trail. What change is all I can say. No more exposure, almost none. The trail has been widened, trail supports put all over the first section that used to be only about 4-6 inches wide on a good day. It was nice to ride the trail, but then I kinda missed the "o shait, I don't wanna look down there" feeling. The trail has been sanitized, and is much less technical. Heading down to the Portrero, the trail was very nice, not sandy, but not rocky either. We stopped for some lunch at the picnic tables, then headed on our way. I did seem to notice a new trail(maybe it's not new) on the north side of the Peak. It was marked "Strawberry Peak" and went north as opposed to following the contour of the mountain. I did explore this trail, as it descended north, but I did not go the end. Where does this go? Getting back going towards Gab, on the western face of the mountain, the trail is too sanitized. What was once a rocky, thin line traversing the saddle, is now wide, and sandy, no real rock or obstacles. This was the only part that I thought was ruined. Nevertheless, the trail was nice, and when on the south side heading towards the highway, was a litte wider, a nice addition. Dropping into the 2 was way faster than I remembered. Banked turns, jumps all over, was what I remembered. Gab was well... Gab. Fast and rocky, my friends loved that trail. We rocketed down(I had my bell on) and came to Switzers campground. What a joke of a campground. Anyway, we did the last little climb up to the high way and cooled down on the way to the truck.
      I really liked the changes to the trail. Though its not as gnar gnar as it used be, I won't be worried going out there by myself. I would also like to explore the new trails I saw. If anyone knows where they head drop me a line. I wouldn't put this in the same category as SART. There is still exposure, and no help when you are way back there. Its a little more technical as well. Plus on Gab, you can get up to speeds that aren't attainable at SART.
      We saw only 6 other hikers(who were happy to hear my bell and gladly stepped aside before even seeing us). No other riders, and thankfully, no snakes.
      Great ride
      Paz Afuera
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 19 miles Elevation change: 2500?
      Singletrack=80% Dirt Road=15% Paved Path=5%
      Papisimo riding a Bike

      Posted:08/23/2004

    • Trail UpdateStrawwberry-Very nice trail! I've never done this one before. Got there this morning and started climbing and climbing and... Lots of exposure here, might be uncomfortable for some intermediate riders trying to advance. I suggest learning some good trackstand skills. Other than that, extremely fun singletrack. The trails were in exellent shape. Get started early, the sun will be right at your back.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 10? Elevation change:
      Maniacal a 35 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Giant VT1 from Temple City

      Posted:08/07/2004

    • Trail UpdateDid It This Weekend.-You have been dooped. There is no slide to speak of. The trail is in great shape. Fantastic shape. Get on it you will have a blast. As for the last post. The first 2.5 miles is stenuous but after that it gets much easier. Technically it is exposed but very easy to ride. This ride is intermediate at most and is a blast. Get out on it and have fun.

      Posted:07/06/2004

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Loop - 7-5-2004-I did the loop this morning, no sign of any massive slide. I would say though that some of the comments about this being a walk in the park are a little misleading. I'm still learning and this ride kicked my butt! This is a very exposed single track, with many places where the dop offs are quite intimidating. There is a lot of loose stuff. Bravo to the forest service for a great job and the scenery is magnificent, but don't be seduced into thinking this is anything other than a strenuous and technical single track ride! Didn't see another soul, just plenty of lizards and snake tracks.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Chris Griffiths a 46 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Diamondback Response from Montrose, CA

      Posted:07/05/2004

    • Trail UpdateSlide?-I was up on Josephine Peak on Saturday and was going to go around Strawberry. When I got to Josephine Saddle/Colby, I met 3 MTB's coming down the Strawberry Peak Trail. I asked them if they had started at Red Box, and they said they started at Clear Creek. They said they couldn't continue around Strawberry becauee of a massive slide on the trail that they couldn't get around. They were riding $5000 bikes, so I figured they knew what they were talking about. Has anybody else been on that trail since Saturday. Is it impassable?
      Hugh Jass a 37 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Foes from Hammond

      Posted:07/04/2004

    • Trail UpdateWhat A Great Job-I rode it this weekend as well and bravo to the great effort that went into making sure this trail will be around for a long time. Is it easier to ride? Yes. Is that a little frustrating? Yes. Is is still one of the best trails in Southern California? Oh yea. And thanks to the trail maint it will be for a long time to come. Thanks for all the hard work. For those that are upset, know that soon it will have several tricky sections with rocks and sand to please and torture all. There are lots of other technical rides to tide us over until then. Now if we can just figure out how to get rid of the biting flys and 90 degree heat that was baking the first 2 1/2 miles of up on the loop I will be totally happy. Man that felt hard on Saturday. Way to hot.
      It does not suprise me that the adventure pass had nothing to do with the work. The Adventure Pass is a joke. I am sorry, but we do already pay taxes for the national forests. This fee is a double tax on land that still to often is neglected. They can tell me that 80% of the funds go back into the forest but I sure dont see it. I still have to bring my own toilet paper into the bathrooms and deal with closures to several areas because the park service can't afford the man power to do what needs to be done to re-open these areas. But they can afford to place signs up on the roads about every mile. You pass 9 signs getting to the start of this ride. How much of our money was spent on each sign? I bet it would suprise you that the metal alone with printing was several thousands of dollars for each sign. That does not include the post or installing it. Would not one sign do at the beginning of the road? Bad management of money. Down with the Adventure Pass. My regular tax money gets misused enough. Enough ranting. Get out and ride. Keep up the great trail maintance. You guys did an amazing job and I thank you for it.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 16 miles Elevation change: 2000
      Matt a 35 year old Cross-Country Rider

      Posted:06/15/2004

    • Trail UpdateTrail Work Funding-I received a reply today from Howard Okamoto, who is a Recreation officer with ANF. There is a Capital Improvement Program under which all trails are evaluated for reconstruction. This is a normal part of the Forest Service budget. The Strawberry Peak trail work was first submitted in 1999 and approved in 2003. The description of the project is: Redesign & reconstruct the Strawberry & Colby trails to mountain bike standards to meet the increasing numbers of bikes, on what was originally designed as a hiking trail. So, it appears that Adventure Pass money didn't pay for the work and J. Roach is completely wrong in assuming it did. I'm glad to see the two previous posts enjoyed the reconstructed trail.
      Bender a 55 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Mantra from Santa Clarita

      Posted:06/15/2004

    • Trail UpdateRanga: were you one of the guys who saw the bear just before we
      showed
      up?

      Beautiful day up there. A bit warm, but clear blue skies above the LA
      haze.

      The singletrack is still pretty exposed and loose in places but a bit
      faster than it used to be. Still a good ride.
      Endo Verendo riding a Pushed 4-Spot from The Valley

      Posted:06/13/2004

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Loop-Did the trail Saturday. Began at the Clear Creek station around 7:15 AM. Up the fire road to Josephine Saddle. By the way this is about the worst climbing for the entire trail. Very loose conditions on the fire road.

      The remainder of the trail after that is in outstanding condition. Excellent challenge for anyone trying to improve their skill level. However there are parts that the more inexperienced may want to swallow pride and walk it. (I did).

      The drop from the Lawlor/Strawberry peak saddle into Red Box is fantastic.

      Red Box to Switzer is mostly downhill. More technical than anything else with plenty of rocks. This part is a lot of fun and adds to a change of pace to the terrain.

      The only bad part is the climb from the Switzer Campground back up to Angeles Crest Hwy. Not fun after a long day.

      There were about 5-6 bikers in a group that passed me. Met two hikers on the way. What's up with that? Stop reading, writing, listening ....go ride.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 15 miles Elevation change: ?
      Singletrack=80% Dirt Road=15% Paved Path=5%
      Ranga a 32 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Trek 8000 from Arcadia, CA

      Posted:06/13/2004

    • Trail UpdateCool, Thanks Bender!-Ya, the server has been displaying that response for a long time, when you post trail updates.
      Preacher

      Posted:06/10/2004

    • Trail UpdateAdventure Pass Funds-Thanks, Preacher. I checked that site, but couldn't find anything on the Strawberry Peak Trail work. The site did state that 80% of funds collected in a particular forest are returned to that forest. The other 20% are divided nationwide for Forest Service projects. According to the site, none of the funds go to any anonymous govermental slush fund. The Angeles site has a link telling what was done with the funds in 2003. I did e-mail the Angeles Forest to ask how the trail work at Strawberry was funded. I await an answer and will post it when I receive it. Also, sorry for my previous triple postings of the same message. The server kept telling me that the message hadn't gone through.
      Bender a 55 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Mantra from Santa Clarita

      Posted:06/10/2004

    • Trail UpdateFee Info-http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/feedemo/index.shtml
      Preacher

      Posted:06/10/2004

    • Trail UpdateFees At Work Or Not?-Now, it has to be one of the two claims concerning the fees. J. Roach claims that the Adventure Pass fees paid for the Strawberry Trail re-do. Tha last post claims that the National Forests don't get back any of the fee money. Which is it. Does anybody know for sure.
      Bender a 55 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Mantra from Santa Clarita

      Posted:06/10/2004

    • Trail UpdateFees At Work Or Not?-Now, it has to be one of the two claims concerning the fees. J. Roach claims that the Adventure Pass fees paid for the Strawberry Trail re-do. Tha last post claims that the National Forests don't get back any of the fee money. Which is it. Does anybody know for sure.
      Bender a 55 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Mantra from Santa Clarita

      Posted:06/10/2004

    • Trail UpdateFees At Work Or Not?-Now, it has to be one of the two claims concerning the fees. J. Roach claims that the Adventure Pass fees paid for the Strawberry Trail re-do. Tha last post claims that the National Forests don't get back any of the fee money. Which is it. Does anybody know for sure.
      Bender a 55 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Mantra from Santa Clarita

      Posted:06/10/2004

    • Trail UpdateAdventure Pass-If I knew the money went to the National Forest I would gladly pay $100 a year. But silly me, I don't like being taxed twice for the same piece of land and then be insulted that they still don't get any of the money in the end. It is sad.
      The trail work I must agree is a good thing. Sure I love the technical aspect of this ride, and that is easier now then it was. But trail maintence must be done and they did a great job. Next season there will be rocks all over it again. I was up there two weeks ago and only saw one other rider so I see no evidence of a lot more riders on the trail.

      Posted:06/10/2004

    • Trail UpdateNote To Ranger Man-I know that, but how many National Parks are close to Santa Clarita. Add the gas costs it would take to reach one of them and you've spent lots more than $50. $30 for an annual Adventure Pass is still a bargain in my mind. The Southern California mountains are close by and still mostly deserted on weekends and downright deserted during the week.
      Bender a 55 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Mantra from Santa Clarita

      Posted:06/09/2004

    • Trail UpdateNote to previous poster: National Parks sell annual passes for $50.
      Ranger Man

      Posted:06/09/2004

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Isn't Ruined!-I disagree that the Forest Service has ruined the Strawberry trail. I've been hiking there since the early 70's. Back then, the trail was wide and safe. Over the years, weather & earthquakes have eroded the trail, so that some portions were definately unsafe. I applaud the work that has been done. What's so good about possible fatal dropp-offs? I'm sure that many more riders will be able to enjoy the trail now; including newbies just honing their skills. I just wish someone would rebuild the picnic table in Strawberry Meadows. It's a beautiful place to spend some time. And I doubt the trail will ever be paved. Let's not over-state the issue with ranting. By the way, I buy an annual Adventure Pass every year and feel it is a small amount to pay for the enjoymment I get from the San Gabes. Try visiting a National Park and pay $20 for only 7 days. That's outrageous.
      Bender a 55 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Mantra from Santa Clarita

      Posted:06/09/2004

    • Trail UpdateDowngraded From Great To Average-I hate to say it but it's true. It's been "destroyed" and it's pretty much a beginner ride that you're grandma might enjoy....very SART like, tame and many riders. The rocks, roots, logs have all been cleared.
      I use to see maybe one or two other riders on the trail but it was like a motorway this past weekend with so many bikers. Perhaps the forrest service should have put in a passing lane.
      mp3 a Weekend Warrior riding a Tank

      Posted:06/09/2004

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry - Ruined-Forest Pass fees at work! Strawberry Peak Trail, one of the best trails in the Gabs, has been horribly vandalized by forest service. At the rate they are going, the route may be paved soon. Just remember to NEVER BUY A FOREST PASS. Will someone please think of the singletrack?
      Ride rating: Beginner
      J. Roach

      Posted:06/09/2004

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Loop-This trail has been sanitized and buffed to incredible condition by the forest service almost to the point where it is no longer technically difficult. It is still a great ride but there is no longer glory in riding it dab free. you can race around it in about 2 hrs if you don't stop including the Gabrialino trail down from red box. I highly recommend it right now and even the yuccas are cut back to the point where I have no stab wounds.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 16.1 miles Elevation change:
      Singletrack=70% Dirt Road=25% Paved Path=5%
      DB a 40 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a superlight from tujunga

      Posted:06/02/2004

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak-This trail is in outstanding shape right now. The forest service has done an incredible amount of work to ensure that this trail will be there for the long haul, including brushing the trail, but more importantly, installing a ton of mini retaining walls. Unfortunately, they have tamed down many of the rock sections, which makes it much less technical, but the work they have done to preserve this trail can't be faulted. Overall, this is the best shape I have seen this trail in for a long time. We ended up riding it in reverse, starting at Switzer's, up the Gab, around the peak, and ending up down Colby Canyon trail, which is a very fun route. Get out there and ride it.

      BrahMa riding a 6 Spot

      Posted:04/25/2004

    • Trail UpdateMajor Changes (long)-A few of us hardy souls (or should I say Freekin Nuts)decided to do this outstanding ride today.The forecast called for mild to cool temps with a chance of rain this evening.So four of us made it to the trailhead a little late as we were waiting at another meeting place.This ride as anyone knows, who has done it, knows it takes off with a good climb.No warm up, just get on it.This should have given me a clue to how cold it was going to be.I was sweating but I was still a little cold.As we climbed we stopped a couple of times to see where the rest of the crew was and in that little amount of time you'd get cold.On we went.It was a record pace for us and we weren't trying to set a record but we flew up.Got to the top just below Joesphine and had to wait.WOW! It didn't take long for the teeth to start chattering.My back and hydration pack were soaked and I finally had to start moving around to get warm.Finally after 20 minutes or so we were all grouped together again and off we went.It looked like we might get a break in the weather as there were patches where the sun was shining through.By now the trail was getting pretty damp but not puddling.We rode up the first part of this trail which I've always had a hard time with and today because of the traction and maybe the long rest I was able to clean it with no problem.In fact the whole trail had that feel to it.That everything was do-able.I'm not sure if it was the weather or the fact that I've come to know this trail now, but it all seemed easy today.The usual places are still washed out and the Ewww Shiat factor is still there in a few places but the trail seems in real good shape to me.ST Junkie was doing trail maintenance as we went along and were waiting for our friends to catch up.The only problem with this was I would start freezing after just a few minutes.By now we were in rain and every bush or tree I just barely touched gave me a drenching.That cold water running down your back is a biatch.We made it to the picnic table spot, or should I say where there is pieces of the old picnic table.We stopped here and ate a little, but I had to just spin as I was to freekin cold to sit still.We seen some ice on the ground in this area.After awhile the rest got up and we were off again,Thank goodness.This lower section I've always enjoyed a lot as some of the rocks can make it quite challenging.I cleaned more today again then ever before, in fact it was just easy.Finally ST Junkie told me to go ahead and he'd sweep.So I took off to warm up.This area is the steepest of the whole route and I usually don't look foward to it but , today it was perfect.I finally got some warmth in my feet and my hands were almost warm,soaking wet,but warm.I went up this section faster then ever before.I got out of the canyon and yelled back to see if anybody was in range.Nothing.I found a pine tree and sat under it for 10 minutes.I was really getting cold again when one of our group came into sight.It was Ray.He got to me and I was to cold and decided that I'd just go at a pace that would help keep me from freezing but, hopefully not pull to far ahead.It worked fairly well.I only stopped a couple of more times on the way out.At this section of the trail, I seen the machine they use to repair or make the trails.It's a mini tractor with a scoop bucket on it.As I came around a bend there it was, right smack in the middle of the singletrack.At first it scared me and then I realized what it was.Pretty cool little machine.After this point I could see what they've done.They have graded the trail and reinforced all the places that were giving way.They did leave some rocks so it's not completely sanitized and considering we'd have no trail at all, if it wasn't fixed, I'm grateful.They really have done a lot of work here.It'll last for a lot of years to come.They left part of one of the rock gardens and eliminated the other all together.The one they left, they put a cheater line in it so you can now go around it.I elected to go over and found it was easier then before.I'm not sure how far they plan on going back with their mini tractor, but it's not a bad thing really.I'm really impressed with the work they've already done and this part of the trail wasn't all that technical anyways.The constructon of the walls is the best I've seen out there.After this last section you're at Red Box.Our original plan was to ride down the Gab but We got there (Red Box) and were freezin.Talked with a guy who said that there was a guy coming with another truck and we could probaly catch a ride down with him.About 10 minutes later this guy shows up and offers to take anybody who wants, a ride down.I figured that by the time our other friends got to where we were they'd be in bad shape so I jumped in.He already had a kid in there who was still shaking like a leaf.I don't think he spoke much english and he didn't reply to my spanish much either.He just kept telling me how cold he was.The temps at Red Box, by the trucks guage said it was 34 degrees.John (the guy who gave me a ride) dropped me off at my truck and I drove back up to Red Box.We still waited another 30 minutes before our friends made it out, but they were okay, just dam cold.Made it back to the vehicles and I decided if they say there is a even a slight chance of rain from now on,I'm staying home.
      Pain Freak a I dont want to talk about it year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Renrut 02/Surly 1X1 (Mighty Whitey) from Fontana

      Posted:12/14/2003

    • Trail UpdateMajor Changes (long)-A few of us hardy souls (or should I say Freekin Nuts)decided to do this outstanding ride today.The forecast called for mild to cool temps with a chance of rain this evening.So four of us made it to the trailhead a little late as we were waiting at another meeting place.This ride as anyone knows, who has done it, knows it takes off with a good climb.No warm up, just get on it.This should have given me a clue to how cold it was going to be.I was sweating but I was still a little cold.As we climbed we stopped a couple of times to see where the rest of the crew was and in that little amount of time you'd get cold.On we went.It was a record pace for us and we weren't trying to set a record but we flew up.Got to the top just below Joesphine and had to wait.WOW! It didn't take long for the teeth to start chattering.My back and hydration pack were soaked and I finally had to start moving around to get warm.Finally after 20 minutes or so we were all grouped together again and off we went.It looked like we might get a break in the weather as there were patches where the sun was shining through.By now the trail was getting pretty damp but not puddling.We rode up the first part of this trail which I've always had a hard time with and today because of the traction and maybe the long rest I was able to clean it with no problem.In fact the whole trail had that feel to it.That everything was do-able.I'm not sure if it was the weather or the fact that I've come to know this trail now, but it all seemed easy today.The usual places are still washed out and the Ewww Shiat factor is still there in a few places but the trail seems in real good shape to me.ST Junkie was doing trail maintenance as we went along and were waiting for our friends to catch up.The only problem with this was I would start freezing after just a few minutes.By now we were in rain and every bush or tree I just barely touched gave me a drenching.That cold water running down your back is a biatch.We made it to the picnic table spot, or should I say where there is pieces of the old picnic table.We stopped here and ate a little, but I had to just spin as I was to freekin cold to sit still.We seen some ice on the ground in this area.After awhile the rest got up and we were off again,Thank goodness.This lower section I've always enjoyed a lot as some of the rocks can make it quite challenging.I cleaned more today again then ever before, in fact it was just easy.Finally ST Junkie told me to go ahead and he'd sweep.So I took off to warm up.This area is the steepest of the whole route and I usually don't look foward to it but , today it was perfect.I finally got some warmth in my feet and my hands were almost warm,soaking wet,but warm.I went up this section faster then ever before.I got out of the canyon and yelled back to see if anybody was in range.Nothing.I found a pine tree and sat under it for 10 minutes.I was really getting cold again when one of our group came into sight.It was Ray.He got to me and I was to cold and decided that I'd just go at a pace that would help keep me from freezing but, hopefully not pull to far ahead.It worked fairly well.I only stopped a couple of more times on the way out.At this section of the trail, I seen the machine they use to repair or make the trails.It's a mini tractor with a scoop bucket on it.As I came around a bend there it was, right smack in the middle of the singletrack.At first it scared me and then I realized what it was.Pretty cool little machine.After this point I could see what they've done.They have graded the trail and reinforced all the places that were giving way.They did leave some rocks so it's not completely sanitized and considering we'd have no trail at all, if it wasn't fixed, I'm grateful.They really have done a lot of work here.It'll last for a lot of years to come.They left part of one of the rock gardens and eliminated the other all together.The one they left, they put a cheater line in it so you can now go around it.I elected to go over and found it was easier then before.I'm not sure how far they plan on going back with their mini tractor, but it's not a bad thing really.I'm really impressed with the work they've already done and this part of the trail wasn't all that technical anyways.The constructon of the walls is the best I've seen out there.After this last section you're at Red Box.Our original plan was to ride down the Gab but We got there (Red Box) and were freezin.Talked with a guy who said that there was a guy coming with another truck and we could probaly catch a ride down with him.About 10 minutes later this guy shows up and offers to take anybody who wants, a ride down.I figured that by the time our other friends got to where we were they'd be in bad shape so I jumped in.He already had a kid in there who was still shaking like a leaf.I don't think he spoke much english and he didn't reply to my spanish much either.He just kept telling me how cold he was.The temps at Red Box, by the trucks guage said it was 34 degrees.John (the guy who gave me a ride) dropped me off at my truck and I drove back up to Red Box.We still waited another 30 minutes before our friends made it out, but they were okay, just dam cold.Made it back to the vehicles and I decided if they say there is a even a slight chance of rain from now on,I'm staying home.
      Pain Freak a I dont want to talk about it year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Renrut 02/Surly 1X1 (Mighty Whitey) from Fontana

      Posted:12/14/2003

    • Trail UpdateMajor Changes (long)-A few of us hardy souls (or should I say Freekin Nuts)decided to do this outstanding ride today.The forecast called for mild to cool temps with a chance of rain this evening.So four of us made it to the trailhead a little late as we were waiting at another meeting place.This ride as anyone knows, who has done it, knows it takes off with a good climb.No warm up, just get on it.This should have given me a clue to how cold it was going to be.I was sweating but I was still a little cold.As we climbed we stopped a couple of times to see where the rest of the crew was and in that little amount of time you'd get cold.On we went.It was a record pace for us and we weren't trying to set a record but we flew up.Got to the top just below Joesphine and had to wait.WOW! It didn't take long for the teeth to start chattering.My back and hydration pack were soaked and I finally had to start moving around to get warm.Finally after 20 minutes or so we were all grouped together again and off we went.It looked like we might get a break in the weather as there were patches where the sun was shining through.By now the trail was getting pretty damp but not puddling.We rode up the first part of this trail which I've always had a hard time with and today because of the traction and maybe the long rest I was able to clean it with no problem.In fact the whole trail had that feel to it.That everything was do-able.I'm not sure if it was the weather or the fact that I've come to know this trail now, but it all seemed easy today.The usual places are still washed out and the Ewww Shiat factor is still there in a few places but the trail seems in real good shape to me.ST Junkie was doing trail maintenance as we went along and were waiting for our friends to catch up.The only problem with this was I would start freezing after just a few minutes.By now we were in rain and every bush or tree I just barely touched gave me a drenching.That cold water running down your back is a biatch.We made it to the picnic table spot, or should I say where there is pieces of the old picnic table.We stopped here and ate a little, but I had to just spin as I was to freekin cold to sit still.We seen some ice on the ground in this area.After awhile the rest got up and we were off again,Thank goodness.This lower section I've always enjoyed a lot as some of the rocks can make it quite challenging.I cleaned more today again then ever before, in fact it was just easy.Finally ST Junkie told me to go ahead and he'd sweep.So I took off to warm up.This area is the steepest of the whole route and I usually don't look foward to it but , today it was perfect.I finally got some warmth in my feet and my hands were almost warm,soaking wet,but warm.I went up this section faster then ever before.I got out of the canyon and yelled back to see if anybody was in range.Nothing.I found a pine tree and sat under it for 10 minutes.I was really getting cold again when one of our group came into sight.It was Ray.He got to me and I was to cold and decided that I'd just go at a pace that would help keep me from freezing but, hopefully not pull to far ahead.It worked fairly well.I only stopped a couple of more times on the way out.At this section of the trail, I seen the machine they use to repair or make the trails.It's a mini tractor with a scoop bucket on it.As I came around a bend there it was, right smack in the middle of the singletrack.At first it scared me and then I realized what it was.Pretty cool little machine.After this point I could see what they've done.They have graded the trail and reinforced all the places that were giving way.They did leave some rocks so it's not completely sanitized and considering we'd have no trail at all, if it wasn't fixed, I'm grateful.They really have done a lot of work here.It'll last for a lot of years to come.They left part of one of the rock gardens and eliminated the other all together.The one they left, they put a cheater line in it so you can now go around it.I elected to go over and found it was easier then before.I'm not sure how far they plan on going back with their mini tractor, but it's not a bad thing really.I'm really impressed with the work they've already done and this part of the trail wasn't all that technical anyways.The constructon of the walls is the best I've seen out there.After this last section you're at Red Box.Our original plan was to ride down the Gab but We got there (Red Box) and were freezin.Talked with a guy who said that there was a guy coming with another truck and we could probaly catch a ride down with him.About 10 minutes later this guy shows up and offers to take anybody who wants, a ride down.I figured that by the time our other friends got to where we were they'd be in bad shape so I jumped in.He already had a kid in there who was still shaking like a leaf.I don't think he spoke much english and he didn't reply to my spanish much either.He just kept telling me how cold he was.The temps at Red Box, by the trucks guage said it was 34 degrees.John (the guy who gave me a ride) dropped me off at my truck and I drove back up to Red Box.We still waited another 30 minutes before our friends made it out, but they were okay, just dam cold.Made it back to the vehicles and I decided if they say there is a even a slight chance of rain from now on,I'm staying home.
      Pain Freak a I dont want to talk about it year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Renrut 02/Surly 1X1 (Mighty Whitey) from Fontana

      Posted:12/14/2003

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak/Gabrielino-I'd been meaning to do this trail for years but couldn't find anyone mentally unstable enough to do so with me. Luckily my buddy Curtis was in town! There are a couple of sections where the trail crosses steep slippery rock walls, and the only traction available comes from half-inch piles of sand blown into tiny crevices in the rock. Slipping here will lead to a nice long slide which you would do well to enjoy, as if you're in that situation, you'll soon be joining what I can only assume is a large pile of bleached bones at the bottom. Fun, fun, fun - despite the swarming gnats, this is some of the nicest singletrack I've been on in southern Cali, and the views below Strawberry Peak are sweeeeet. Kind of a beeeetach to climb outta there on a hot day though. Highly recommend this trip, but don't be stupid up there! Nuff said... Oh yeah, take the Gabrielino downhill, much nicer and less chance of being mashed by a truck.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 16 miles Elevation change: yep
      Singletrack=80% Dirt Road=20%
      Seaclasper a 33 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Trek sumptin-or-other from Long Beatch, CA

      Posted:09/13/2003

    • Trail UpdateFockin Yucca's-These dam plants are trying to stab me.Drew blood in three different places today.Still had a good ride though.Hooked up with Silent Bob, Aaron, Pac Man, Mother, and myself.The ride up went really fast for us, but the bugs were trying to eat us alive, and thats even after a dowsing in bug spray. I've never seen so many lizards on the trail though.No snakes today,just a lot of BIG lizards.It was getting a little warm so you might want to go up with a full bladder and maybe a spare bottle.We all made it on the single bladder,but we were conserving a little bit.The trail is getting somewhat overgrown and it can make it difficult to navigate a trail that you can't see sometimes. It's more the hanging stuff then the ground cover though.Still real lose up there and this is not a trail for beginners or people who have a fear of heights or exposure.Seems to me that even more of the trail has broken away lately,but it's still do-able in most parts.Just don't become distracted (bugs) or you could end up going over the side.I don't know how they'd ever find you though,it's a long, long way down in some places. We did see some people doing some rock climbing why we were taking a break at the picnic table.I don't have any desire whatsoever to even try that.Lost my derailuer cable on the way out and Mother was able to jury rig it till I got out.It's awful hard climbing in your 3/4 gear on the way up out of that canyon.Made it out without any other problems and descended thru Red Box down the Gabrielino to Switzer.This trail is as good as it gets.No change from the last posts.We finished this ride in record time.I never got home so early doing this ride and thats even after a feast at Pepe's.I highly reccommend this trail to intermediate/advance riders.

      Pain Freak a Cross-Country Rider riding a Renrut 02 /Quintana Roo TeQuilo from Fontana

      Posted:06/08/2003

    • Trail UpdateYes, this trail is one of the great gems's out here.
      Rode for the first time and it's one of the best loops to do. ** Not for beginners ** Intermediate riders will dismount many-many times. I saved the dangerous attempts for the Gabrieleno desent.
      There really needs to be some work done on this trail, lots of brush clearance and a few of the log's should be removed/cut, donno what can be done about that slide area after the beginning of the singletrack tho, that's some major work (and major danger too).
      As one post stated "Conentration is the name of the game", this trail can kill you if your not good.
      ET riding a Switchblade from Simi

      Posted:05/19/2003

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Crash...-man, i don't know why i don't do this ride more often. well...actually maybe i do. this trail has a way of begging you to try to ride its various technical sections even though in your heart of hearts you KNOW these sections to be beyond your capabilities yet you try them anyway and down you go! yes, 80-90% of the ride is smooth, rolling singletrack albeit exposed but then all of a sudden one of those enticing sections appears and you're on your ass before you even know what just happened. at the beginning of the singletrack there are some very loose-dirt, washed out sections that are probably best walked. i tried it. crashed. then there's some pointed boulders with no clear, discernable lines unless you can boulder-hop. tried it. crashed. then at the end of the ride (this one was a fluke) i was bounced ferociously off the trail by a jutting stump. crashed. sometimes i'm amazed at the beating a mountain bike can take, especially the components, but depending on the crash components aren't always so lucky...in my case, my shins and knees weren't. anyway it's gotta be one of the top five best rides within a forty minute drive from where i live and i'd say it's well worth a much longer drive if you live in Orange County or San Diego...bring shin guards...

      Eck See a 33 year old Die-hard Enthusiast from Los Angeles

      Posted:04/23/2003

    • Trail UpdateThis was also my first time riding the trail. All I have to say is that I am glad I ignored the negative posts below. This is a really fun trail. Granted...it's no beginner trail. There is LOTS of exposure and potential for a serious fall. But as long as you keep your speed in check, this trail shouldn't be a problem for anybody of intermediate skill level. The scenerey is gorgeous. The trail is fun...10+ miles of twisting singletrack. I'd recommend this trail to any intermediate level rider.
      Like I said in the beginning, this was my first time on the trail, so it's hard for me to say what the conditions are like now compared to before, but a guy I ran into on the trail (not literally) said the trail was in the best shape he'd ever seen it. I only had to dismount two or three times because of washouts and twice for a downed tree. Once right where the singletrack begins and once on the switchbacks after you climb up out of the valley, which is a STEEP and LOOSE climb.
      I have to say though that the paved climb out of Switzer's and back to your car sucks ass. It's short, but steep and at the end of a ride like that, it's the last thing you feel like doin. Perhaps next time I will park my car down in Switzer's and get that crap out of the way in the beginning when I still have some legs beneath me.
      Overall though, this is a great trail. I'm so glad I didn't let those previous negative posts influence my decision because I was kind of debating on whether or not to ride trail, due to those negative reviews below. Ignore them. This is a GREAT ride.

      Posted:01/25/2003

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak In 2003 (1/20)-What a beautiful ride, eh? This is my first time up there so I can't tell you how "washed out" it is. But there are several unridable sections. I love the 6" ledges, but a sand waterfall just doesn't cut it. I only ran into one fallen tree and asides from a few protruding yucca plants the trail is in great shape. Oh, and if you take Gabrieleno back, there is plenty of water in the creek beds. If there are some similar gems like this up there, please let me know. Thanks!
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 17 Elevation change: 2000ft?
      Singletrack=85% Dirt Road=15%
      Jrod a 25 year old Weekend Warrior riding a KHS Alite 2000 (Yep, a hardtail) from L.A., CA

      Posted:01/21/2003

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak And Gabby's-rode the 10 mile loop of strawberry peak. was in great condition. after the initial 2.5 mile climb, you get lots of rolling singletrack. at end of loop, we then hopped on gabriellino's trail for a 14 mile ride of downhill singletrack. trail conditions were superb and surrounding area was gorgeous w/ lots of leaves on trail-definitely fall/winter conditions. we then got to jpl where we had left a vehicle. all together, a perfect day w/ only 2 minor crashes. couldn't have asked for anything more.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 24 miles Elevation change:
      Singletrack=90%

      Posted:12/16/2002

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Expedition-Three of us rode this trail on Tuesday from Clear Creek. The climb up to the saddle but it is okay as long as you are not on a 40 pound rig. From there we took the single track around Strawberry Peak. This trail is awesome. We brought a disposable camera for pics. Most of the trail is ridable, but be careful the margin for error is small. Some parts of the single track are washed out but you can get by on foot. The famous quote of our ride was, "I think I can ride it." He fell and only slid about 5 feet but it could have been much worse.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Anthony a 32 year old Racer riding a Yellow from Whittier, CA

      Posted:08/30/2002

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Snake...-Never mind about all the technical singletrack on this ride, but the three mile fireroad climb alone can be enough to do you in. There's really only one stretch of trail (in the canyon bottom) that requires trialsy type skills. Once you get outta there (it's about a mile and a half long section) there's a short singletrack climb but you may as well be scaling a wall. I cleaned the first switchback but the other one was too loose, steep, and sandy. After this point though, the remainder of the ride should be handled by any strong intermediate rider. As I continued on, a freakish thing happened. Something jolted out from the underbrush and struck my front tire. From the corner of my eye I could see it quickly retracting backwards as it disappeared. Yup. Rattler. Just missed my leg by inches! When I checked the tire later I could see the two little venom splotches where it bit. Not the sort of thing you want to write home to mom about! Reality check here. From now on I ride with a snakebite kit.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: miles 17 Elevation change:
      Singletrack=80% Dirt Road=15% Paved Path=5%
      Andy a 32 year old Die-hard Enthusiast from Hollywood

      Posted:04/29/2002

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Snake...-Never mind about all the technical singletrack on this ride, but the three mile fireroad climb alone can be enough to do you in. There's really only one stretch of trail (in the canyon bottom) that requires trialsy type skills. Once you get outta there (it's about a mile and a half long section) there's a short singletrack climb but you may as well be scaling a wall. I cleaned the first switchback but the other one was too loose, steep, and sandy. After this point though, the remainder of the ride should be handled by any strong intermediate rider. As I continued on, a freakish thing happened. Something jolted out from the underbrush and struck my front tire. From the corner of my eye I could see it quickly retracting backwards as it disappeared. Yup. Rattler. Just missed my leg by inches! When I checked the tire later I could see the two little venom splotches where it bit. Not the sort of thing you want to write home to mom about! Reality check here. From now on I ride with a snakebite kit.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: miles 17 Elevation change:
      Singletrack=80% Dirt Road=15% Paved Path=5%
      Andy a 32 year old Die-hard Enthusiast from Hollywood

      Posted:04/29/2002

    • Trail UpdatePerfect-You need to ride this trail. Except for some trail near the start, i'd say 95% ridable. Not a beginner ride. enjoy. Add Redbox to Switzer for a 17 mile loop.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 17 miles Elevation change:
      Singletrack=90% Dirt Road=10%
      Mother a 38 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Giant NRS1 from EagleRock

      Posted:03/10/2002

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Trail-The conditions on the Srawberry Peak Trail were awesome this past Sunday! I have a question for someone who knows this trail well. At the Northern most end of the trail (about 1/2 way between Josephine Summit and Red Box), there is a trail that shoots North off a point and looks like it goes down to Monte Christo or Angeles Forest Highway. Does nayone know where this goes and approx distance?
      Bruce Bornhurst a 45 year old Racer riding a Specialized S Works from La Canada, CA

      Posted:03/06/2002

    • Trail UpdateThe Strawberry Jam...-Yo, this ride is one of the best backcountry rides that I've done in awhile. Luis, Moondoggie, and myself (the Donut) did the ride last Saturday, and it gave us grins ear to ear. It starts off with a steep dirt road climb to the saddle. Put it in the granny and roll. The views are awesome the whold way on this ride. Once at the saddle, we sat in the shade and ate some granola bars and oatmeal cookies. Then we're off on 14 miles of sweet, technical at times, singletrack. You traverse the backside of Strawberry Peak, going up and down and walking the Gulleys of Death. Riders who complain about walking a little bit on this trail are missing the point. This ride gets you away from it all! The trail is thin and scarry as all hell in spots. A fall would be catastrophic. All the downed trees are cleared except for about 3 or 4.
      After you descend to a camp spot, you will then climb again for 2 miles on a steep singletrack and come out on another saddle on the other side of the peak. Now you have 3 miles of scary fast downhill with killer views and killer drop-offs on your right. After whooping it up on the last couple of berms, you come out at Red Box. On most rides, you would be satisfied by now, but wait, now you have 4-5 more miles of singletrack down to Switzers. This section is often loose and rocky, but still so much fun. When you get to the bottom, chill out at the picnic area in the shade and eat some sandwiches like we did. Then you have a short steep climb back to your car. Go out and do this ride, just don't ruin it for the rest of us. Be kind to hikers and wear a smile.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 17miles Elevation change: Huge
      Singletrack=80% Dirt Road=20%
      Donut a 28 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Surly Instigator from Hermosa Beach

      Posted:03/01/2002

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Loop-Rode the loop yesterday from Switzer's and was afforded some excellent views and weather on account of the mild Santa Ana's that had come in the night before. The trail is in decent shape - many thanks to the people who've cleared most of the fallen trees crossing the trail. However, I was dismayed at the amount of trail erosion. In many places where the trail was once rideable (sketchy, very narrow, with lots of exposure - but still rideable) it is no longer. I'm sure a lot of this is due to natural erosion and would have occurred without the help of mountain bikers - but there are a lot of places where the outside of the trail is all washed out because riders are skidding, not paying attention, or not skilled enough to ride this trail. PLEASE take care of our trails - some are more fragile than others, and this is one of them.

      ** This trail is NOT for beginners.** If you do ride it, please ride responsibly. It's one of SoCal's gems, but be prepared for a trail that is only 6-8 inches wide in places with 50'+ vertical drops down rocks and/or century plants.

      Lorax a 38 year old riding a ruth from Corona del Mar

      Posted:11/10/2001

    • Trail UpdateWanna Com To California-HY GUYS
      I'm a 23years old freeride and freetrixbike-freak. I wanna rock my new specialized big hit on my first bike trip in the u.s.a in california. what's the temperature at the end of january? wanna come for a month or more... rock tha legendary trials and bars! And I would help u clearing the trail.

      gimme all your infos for me. do u know where I can stay for the cheapest price, meet u freaks and have some smoooth sessions?

      thanx and cheers
      simonEppEnberger

      att: my e-mail adress is: mailto:simoneppenberger@gmx.net do not response to this mail!!!

      ;-)

      ps: bring my street- and wheelie-bike with me. can I go downtown?
      simon eppe.nberger a 23 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a specialized big hit from switzerland (not sweden!), zurich downtown

      Posted:11/06/2001

    • Trail Updaterode this trail on sat. was in great condition. thanks to those who cleared fallen trees and such. is narrow w/ steep drop offs. had to walk some parts but overall is a great trail. highly recommend it. after strawberry we rode from redbox down to jpl (shuttle set up). made for a total of 26 miles of mostly singletrack trails.

      Posted:10/16/2001

    • Trail UpdateWent up on Sat. to finish trail work some friends and I started a couple months ago. We had cut all the trees before the meadow and started on the ones after before time became an issue. There were no new trees down. The washouts were a little sandy but still rideable. I finally cleared the steep left-hand switchback before the meadow (1st time). Spent about 4 hours cutting trees before it started getting late. The trail is clear until you get to the steep climb out. A couple of trees are too big for my saw, and will have to wait for the Forrest Service. By the time I got to Redbox the sun had already set and I had no lights. Took paved back to truck. If anyone wants to help me with the last section of trail post on the "Local" and we'll set something up.
      Smokr a 39 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Jekyl from Lomita

      Posted:09/04/2001

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Ride/hike-I'm not sure what trail some of the other riders of this site have been riding, but Truth must have a lot of fingers on his hands if he only got off of his bike less than five times. I rode this trail with two friends (all experienced riders) on Saturday 9-1-01. I have to agree with the other postings that this is more of a hiking trail than a MTB trail. The washouts were as stated, 6" in places, very loose sand everywhere, and too many trees to count to go either over or under. One of the riders that went with me said this trail is the 5 second ride. You ride for 5 seconds and then get off and walk. Then ride for 5 seconds......
      Do yourself a favor and drive on up to Silver Moccasin.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 10.4 miles Elevation change:
      Singletrack=75% Dirt Road=25%
      Grvdygr a 44 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a '96 Pro Flex Beast from Santa Clarita, Ca.

      Posted:09/02/2001

    • Trail UpdateRebuttal-Don't let the last post diminish the virtues of this trail. Although I am not "an experienced mountain biker/racer", I was able to hang just fine.

      Sure, there were a couple fallen trees I had to carry my even-heavier-than-23lb bike over. Despite this, fingers on one hand could more than support the number of times I had to portage my bike.


      The bugs addmittedly do suck. Just keep crankin and they won't bother you. This trail does not "suck".


      Ride rating: Advanced
      E36 Truth a 25 year old riding a 01 Ellsworth Truth / 00 Canndale F3000SL from Glendale, CA

      Posted:08/22/2001

    • Trail UpdateJosephine/Strawberry Peak-Being an experienced mountain biker/racer I would
      not recommend this ride at all. Let me tell you
      why... First, the climb to Joseohine peak is great.
      2.5 miles of heart pounding grinder. Once you get
      to the split in the trail at the Josephine saddle is
      where things get bad. Go left and climb Josephine
      and head back to your car. If you head to the right
      you will regret it almost all the way to Red Box.
      Why? The trail is so washed out and covered with
      fallen trees that your really not riding at all. Sure,
      there are great views and you're out in nature, but
      would you like to carry a 23 pound lawn chair while
      you hike? I didn't think so. Once you brave the
      highly exposedback face of Strawberry Peak you
      drop into Strawberry Portrero. Do you like bugs?
      There are a lot of them-- in your eyes, your nose
      and your mouth. Climb out of this insect hell to
      more fallen trees, more exposed washed-out
      singletrack, although rideable, and then drop into
      Red Box (the last mile is actually fun). From Red
      Box to Switzer's is fun as well but not worth the hell
      on S.P. Four hours (1.25 actually on the bike
      pedaling) later we we're back in our car. I'm no
      baby, I've done Downieville, San Juan and others,
      and this trail just sucks. Red Box to Switzers is
      fun, but not really worth the drive.
      Ride rating: Expert
      Ride distance: Elevation change: 2200
      Singletrack=75% Dirt Road=25%

      Posted:08/20/2001

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak-Trail conditions were fine today despite being a bit more washed out than a couple months ago - the first wash just after the turn from Josephine Fire Road has become even more exposed. I'm glad I didn't slip down that 200ft rock slide *gasp*.


      Some portaging on a few ankle-deep sand switchbacks and fallen logs for us mere mortals. Really nothing to complain about given the other 90% of this epic trail. Bring plenty of water! Redbox Ranger Station is out as a refill point as it has contaminated water.

      E36 Truth a 25 year old riding a 01 Ellsworth Truth / 00 Canndale F3000SL from Glendale, CA URL: DTM

      Posted:08/12/2001

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry-Redbox-Yes, there are trees down and parts of the trail are gone but it's still a great ride. Most of the trail is rideable. The final 3 mile decent to Redbox is amazing as long as your not scared of heights. The jumps near the bottom will put a smile on your face. If you add Redbox to switzer it's 17 miles round trip.
      We did have a problem with flats, a lot of thorns on the trail come prepared.
      Paul G.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 17 miles Elevation change: ????
      Singletrack=70% Dirt Road=25% Paved Path=5%
      Mother a 37 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Giant NRS 1 URL: The Regulators MTB Club

      Posted:05/26/2001

    • Trail UpdateSTRAWBERRY PEAK-I'm an intermediate rider and had heard many different things about this trail. The excellent book, MOUNTAIN BIKING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA rated this trail as "very difficult" and I would agree 100% with that rating. I walked through many sections but the most annoying part of it was the 800,000 toppled over trees that completely obscured the trail. Even Hans Rey would have needed to dismount! Don't listen to the riders who say ONLY EXPERTS should ride here. As long as you're comfortable enough with your own ability and know when to hike-a-bike you'll be fine. The fact is much of it is rideable for intermediates. It's too incredible a place not to check out. Obviously, it also helps to have a full susser. The only thing that put a damper on the ride was this lone hiker who complained how bikes ruin the trail. "I'm just trying to have some fun like you," I said. I stopped and let him walk way up ahead. He beat me up an impossible climb. I met up with him later and fortunately he had mellowed out a bit. My recomendation is to buy the book, follow the directions, and just have some fun.
      Ride rating: Expert
      Ride distance: 16.5 miles Elevation change:
      Singletrack=80% Dirt Road=20%
      Drew a 31 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a GT i-drive from Los Angeles

      Posted:05/07/2001

    • Trail UpdateJoshephine/Strawberry-Road this Trail Last week. Actually, we took our
      bikes for a painful hike through occasionally waist
      deep snow, and hundreds of sharp tree falls. My
      skin is so scratched up, I look like a victim of a
      satanic ritual. The guidebooks say this trail is
      rideable in the winter, but don't you believe them. I
      shouldn't have. It will be rideable in a few months,
      after LOTS of trail clearing this spring. I'm sure this
      is a great ride, in the right season. We used bad
      judgement and jumped the gun. OOPS.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 18 miles Elevation change: 2k?
      Singletrack=70% Dirt Road=20% Paved Path=10%
      Erik a 30 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Trek STP 400 from West Hollywood, CA

      Posted:03/18/2001

    • Trail UpdateJosephine Head/Strawbeery Peak?-Across the fire station is where we parked after my friend and I drove up Angeles Crest highway and got geared up for our ride. It was about 6ish as the sun was beating down hard on the 15th of June 2000. The beginning is a consistent and leg-cramping climb all the way up the hill. About 3/4 of the way up, a trail to the right is where we continued. From then on it was a very single track ride along the side of the mountain. It didnít continue with the up hill battle that we endured the first 40 minutes of the ride on the wider trail. This trail had surprises of its own, with areas of the ground crumbling under your tires, and parts that would just be stupid to actually ride the bike through instead of carring it. It is a great ride with woopdy-doos and so on. I guess you could say it is technical since slight mistake can be fatal. Being a big guy as myself I was very friendly with the wall that faces the open air, and steep, deep emptiness below. My friend and I had a great time with this ride. By the time we started heading back the sky was golden orange. Our surrounding was like that of photos found in magazines like National Geographic. By the time we finished our ride it was almost 9pm. Visibility was minimal by the time we got back to the car. We both loved it so much we agreed to take it on again at an earlier time so we can actually continue and finish the single-track trail to where ever it would lead us.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 7miles? Elevation change: ?
      Dirt Road=95% Paved Path=5%

      Posted:06/16/2000

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Trail-I rode the strawberry peak loop yesterday(6-15-00) with a friend. the trail was nice, a little hairy in some sections but overall the usual fun ride. there were still a couple of trees down, one I recall at the very beginning and one at the end of the descent down to the bottom where the picnic table is. I also wanted to say that I was climbing at one point and came around a corner, encountering a very angry rattlesnake. Luckly, no harm was done, but I did see four more rattlers after that point. SO BEWARE! Keepyoiur eyes peeled. Just wanted to pass that along.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Papisimo a 26 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Yeti from La

      Posted:06/16/2000

    • Trail UpdateForest Service Rules!-I rode this trail on 6-4-00, and it is in great shape. There used to be many places where the cholla plants stuck out in the middle of the trail. Your choices were, get stuck by cholla, or try to go around, and likely slide down (and its a long way) the mountain. The forest service has come through and trimmed all of the cholla back, so is much better than before. Towards the end of the trail (right before Red Box) they have built a series of probably 25 water breaks, that are just perfect jumps for us mountain bikers. Ton's of fun. Don't miss out on doing the last part of the trail below Red Box. Nothing like several sets of high speed rock gardens to make a guy smile!
      Peter a 29 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Y-33 from Newport Beach

      Posted:06/05/2000

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Trail-I rode this trail shortly before Christmas. Definitely believe the previous posts that you should ride with a partner just in case. However, it's not a complete challege against death. While some sections do give you only 6" against the mountain side and others are washed away (especially on the initial ascent up the peak), use your sense, know when to walk when you have to and you'll do fine.

      One thing to note is that halfway through the trail as you descend into the picnic area at Stawberry Portrero, it gets really rocky- and not the kind of rocks you can really ride over either unless you're used to balancing on 1 wheel. Don't get frustrated as it doesn't last too long. You go through another long climb through some sandy swithbacks described in one of the earlier postings, but after that the descent back down to Angeles crest highway around the other side of the Peak is sweet indeed and worth the effort you put in to get there.

      By that point you'll be used to riding on the narrow singletrack cut into the mountain and will have finally remembered to look ahead rather than down. At this point the trail won't intimidate you and should be sheer enjoyment. Have fun.
      Tony a 29 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Unsprung Trek with a very UN-Ergo seat :( from Santa Monica

      Posted:01/12/2000

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak-Rode this past weekend. Great weather. Initial climb
      gets your legs going. The climb to Josephine Peak was
      worth the extra effort. Trail is in fair shape, could
      sure use some rain to dampen the soft stuff. Take heed
      to precautions of riding alone..DON'T! Some places
      leave no room for mistakes. If you ride here, better be
      a graduate of "DONT LOOK WHERE YOU DONT WANT TO GO".
      Conentration is the name of the game
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 21 miles Elevation change:
      Singletrack=90% Dirt Road=8% Paved Path=2%
      MBM (Mountain Bike Mike) a 41 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Schwinn Homegrown XT from Westminster,CA

      Posted:11/09/1999

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Trail-I rode this Sunday 10-22-99 and had a blast. Don't be too influenced by the other postings that this is too technical to ride -- it has been cleared of all the trees that once crossed it. Granted, there are still many dismounts required to clear rocks, wash-outs, hike-a-bike's, etc., but the overall ride is totally worth it. This is some of the best singletrack and views around. As others mentioned, don't ride this alone -- there is much potential for injury if you make a mistake -- just be careful and don't take stupid risks. Enjoy!
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 20 miles Elevation change: 3000+ ft.
      Singletrack=60% Dirt Road=30% Paved Path=10%
      Wayne a 37 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC Pro from La verne, CA

      Posted:10/29/1999

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Trail-Rode this trail last Sunday 10.22.99 (with the addition
      of going to the top of Josephine Pk., out and back, the
      view is worth the climb!). It was pretty sandy in
      places, it appears as if the fire rd. had been graded
      recently. Other than the sand / softnes (mostly on the
      start and backside of Strawberry Pk.) of the trail it
      is in good shape and worth the effort. Once this trail
      gets a little rain then dries again it will be killer.
      Good job Mt. Wilson Bicycling Assoc. on the
      maintenance, Thanks! Ride
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: approx 20miles Elevation change: gain approx 3000ft
      Troy a Cross-Country Rider riding a Cannondale 2000SX from INCYCLE BIKES URL: http://www.ropegun.com

      Posted:10/28/1999

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Loop-The Mount Wilson Bicycling Association (626-795-3836) has just completed it's third trail maintenance session here and sure shows. All the brush is cleared and the yuccas are trimmed. This is the best I've seen it in five years. Hurry and ride this outstanding trail before nature reclaims it. Oh yes,this is still for advaned riders only and the bugs are back (deerflies and gnats). Enjoy!
      Michael a 49 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Psycle Werks from Manhattan Beach,Ca.

      Posted:07/01/1999

    • Trail UpdateI have to agree with Beto. This trail is more of a hiking trail, and hiking books even advise caution. I would definitely NOT recommend this trail if you are looking for a fun ride. If you are a true expert, you will be challenged. I went with two friends, one of them was getting married two weeks later. We all spent too much time walking our bikes and my soon-to-be married friend was extreamely bummed about being on this ride with the 45 degree slope to our left the whole time, yucca plants to our right (we all got stabbed), and a narrow, heavily eroded trail to work with.
      Jeff a 31 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Gary Fisher Joshua Z1 from Brentwood, CA

      Posted:11/25/1998

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak-I rode the loop backwards last weekend (parked at Redbox, came down from the saddle at Clear Creek, and rode back up the road to my car). This is a *very* technical trail with heavy penalties for making mistakes; it is easy to either fly off a cliff, or get skewered by a Yucca spear. Riding the trail in reverse affords a bit more downhill on the trail, and the last section from the saddle to Clear Creek is unbelievable. I would agree with the previous comment that you should not ride this trail alone. Also, I would reccomend carrying warm clothing, as it was chilly at 4000 feet.
      Singletrack=75% Paved Path=25%
      Gus Zeiner a 25 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Homegrown from Santa Monica, CA

      Posted:09/28/1998

    • Trail UpdateI don't understand why Beto said this trail is unridable, it is ridable but very technical. It's a great challenge for the more advanced riders, but Be Careful, this trail is not recommended to be ridin' alone. There is a high chance you can fall off and not be found. If you ride this trail alone, be sure to notify the rangers that you will be riding up here to stay safe.
      Singletrack=95%% Dirt Road=5%%
      Steven a 19 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Bontrager Race Lite from Gardena, CA

      Posted:06/17/1998

    • Trail UpdateThis trail is in horrible conditions & is more suitable for hiking than for mountain biking. Instead of mountain biking you end up walking your bike 90% of the time. Pretty boring. The trail is so bad that on occasions even walking your bike is dangerous. I rode the trail all the way to the redbox ranger station & then took the highway to my car. I didn't continue to the next section of the trail which starts at redbox, but i've heard that this trail is o.k. Any questions e-mail me. Laters.
      Beto a 21 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Specialized FSR from Los Angeles

      Posted:06/11/1998

    • Trail UpdateThis is a great ride, with tons of technical, 6" wide, edge of the mountain singletrack. These trails are in good conditions considering El Nino's damage to other local trails. Just don't forget to buy your $5 Adventure Pass or you will get a ticket. They can be purchased at the ranger stations or at Sport Chalet sporting goods stores.
      Hedgehog a 34 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Heckler from Canoga Park

      Posted:05/27/1998

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak Loop-From the 210 freeway in La Canada, exit north on Angelus Crest Highway and follow it for roughly 11 miles to the Clear Creek Junction (where Angelus Forest Highway forks left to Palmdale). Park at the Ranger Station or in the dirt formed by the Y of the intersection. The fire road begins on the northwest arm of the Y, marked by an iron gate. The fire road climbs steadily for 2.5 miles to the saddle between Josephine and Strawberry Peak. Instead of following the fire road left up Josephine Peak, go right on the road-turned-singletrack towards Josephine Peak. At the saddle by Josephine Peak where the Colby Canyon trail comes up, bear left (North) and up on the trail. The singletrack goes up and down following the contours of the mountain with some very steep dropoffs to the left. The trail can get very narrow (6" wide), so be careful and don't let your wheels stray too far to the edge of the trail and erode the edges. After about 5 miles, you drop into Strawberry Potrero. At the bottom of the potrero, there is another trail junction. Go right (uphill of course). It bears up for about 2 miles to the saddle between Strawberry Peak and Mt. Lawlor. From here it's almost all downhill singletrack with some awesome views and scary dropoffs. In another 2-3 miles, you reach the Angeles Crest Hwy and Red Box Ranger Station. Go to the far NW corner of the parking lot, right by the highway, and switchback down on to the trail again. The top part of this trail is old fire road but it quickly changes into singletrack again. After about 2 miles, there is a turnoff to the left (to the right returns to the highway and is seldom used). The trail will finally end at Switzer's picnic grounds after about 4.3 miles from Redbox. Follow the paved and steep road up about 3/4 of a mile until you see a sign for a trail off to the left. Follow this last mile of single track back up to Clear Creek Junction. The total ride distance is somewhere around 16-17 miles.
      Singletrack=82% Dirt Road=15% Paved Path=3%
      Chris Francoeur a 34 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Ventana Marble-Peak from Corona del Mar, CA

      Posted:01/23/1998

    • Trail UpdateStrawberry Peak-Begin on fireroad 2N64, which is a gated fireroad leading off of Angeles Forest Highway just north of the intersection of Angeles Crest and Angeles Forest Highways. You'll be on this fireroad for about 2 1/2 miles as it climbs toward Josephine Peak. (This ride begins the same as the ride to Josephine Peak). It is a steep climb that is pretty exposed to the sun. When you reach the saddle between Josephine Peak and Strawberry peak, make a right turn. The saddle is a nice flat area and a good place to catch your breath. Continue on the saddle and go left when you reach end of the saddle. (As you cross the saddle, you can see the trail that you will be taking; it cuts across the side of the mountain.)
      You will be on singletrack for a long while and it will wrap around the mountain. It is a slight downhill. Sections of the trail are barely hanging on the side of the mountain and you are riding on the edge of forever. Some sections are not really rideable because most of the trail has slipped over the side. As the singletrack continues, you end up descending into a campground/picnic area. This is called Strawberry Potrero and the trail gets a little vague through here, but remember that this ride circles Strawberry Peak so you'll eventually be heading back to where you began. After a short while (maybe 6 1/2 miles into the ride) there is an intersection of Strawberry Peak, Strawberry Potrero and Colby Ranch trails. You just came from Potrero and you want to continue on Strawberry Peak trail (to the right). As you climb, there will be some switchbacks that are steep, loose and sandy. After you get through about 1/4 mile of that, you end up riding on a singletrack trail that contiues to circle the mountain and climbs slightly. After about 9 miles, you will reach a small saddle and Strawberry Peak will be behind you. Continue straight (you will now have the mountain on your left side) toward Angeles Crest Highway. You will be on another narrow singletrack that will descend onto Angeles Crest Highway at Red Box Station. Right turn on the highway to return to where you began (about 3 miles of pavement). (You could also take Gabrielino Trail back, but I didn't, so I am no help with those directions.)
      Disclaimers about the trail: It is a difficult trail that has a lot of singletrack. There are many portions that are technical and mistakes could involve a long drop. There aren't any easy bailouts on this trail once you get past the Josephine saddle and begin descending toward Strawberry Potrero. Bring lots of water.
      Singletrack=70% Dirt Road=15% Paved Path=15%
      Eric a 30 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Cannondale SVA 2000 from Studio City, CA

      Posted:07/29/1997


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