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Strawberry Peak Hike (Mountaineers Route)


 

 

Date: September 7.

Time: 8:00

Location: Angeles Crest Highway Carpool Location (4826 Angeles Crest Hwy, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011).

Let's take things up a notch both in challenge and in fun and let's do one of the coolest hikes in L.A.: Strawberry Peak via Mountaineers Route.

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At 6,165 feet, Strawberry Peak is the highest summit in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains. There are two main trails to Strawberry Peak, a strictly hiking one, and the mountaineers route with some fun class 3 rock scrambling in two different sections. The hike is considered moderately strenuous: 7 miles out and back, with an elevation gain and loss of 2,700 (including the class 3 scrambles).

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The views both during the hike and from the top are absolutely amazing!

 

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This hike is NOT for those out of shape and those afraid of heights. It's OK if you are afraid of widths.

Fun quiz: Strawberry Peak got its name because:

1- A famous mountaineer called John Paul Strawberry discovered it in 1491.

2- Hikers were required to have a strawberry margarita before starting the hike when California used to be part of Mexico.

3- Mountaineers, probably tripping on acid, thought that the peak looked like an upside down strawberry.

I will reveal the answer during the hike. It really is one of the above. :-D

 

As a bonus, the trailhead is just a short drive on Angeles Crest Hwy. We'll meet a 8:00 am at the carpool place at the bottom of Angeles Crest Highway. We'll organize carpool and head up the road to the trailhead. The hike is supposed to take about 6 hours altogether.  Afterwards we'll go for pizza and beer.

 

Bring:

- At least 3 liters of water. THERE IS NO WATER ON THE TRAIL AND IT WILL BE A HOT DAY.

- Snacks. If you really want to be cool, bring strawberries to eat at the top.

- Wear good shoes. We will be scrambling some rocks, so you can't have shitty shoes.

See you then!

Eduardo.

Comments

  • Is this safe without ropes? - "Jim Haugsness"

    Reply:

    Yup. Nope rope needed. :-D


  • To Jim Haugsness: Thank you for the ride today. Hope to see you on next hike. Mehrdad A. - "Mehrdad"

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