Date: September 7.
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.
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).
The views both during the hike and from the top are absolutely amazing!
This hike is NOT for those out of shape and those afraid of heights. It's OK if you are afraid of widths.
Fun quiz: Strawberry Peak got its name because:
1- A famous mountaineer called John Paul Strawberry discovered it in 1491.
2- Hikers were required to have a strawberry margarita before starting the hike when California used to be part of Mexico.
3- Mountaineers, probably tripping on acid, thought that the peak looked like an upside down strawberry.
I will reveal the answer during the hike. It really is one of the above. :-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.
- 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!