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Strawberry Peak Loop

Average Rating:    (3.92 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 25

The fire road climbs steadily for 2.5 miles to the saddle between Josephine and Strawberry Peak. From the saddle, instead of following the fire road left up Josephine Peak, go right on the road-turned-singletrack towards Strawberry Peak. A short distance later the trail will stop and you will have to go left or right. Go left (up) to Strawberry Peak singletrack (right goes down Colby Cyn). The singletrack goes up and down following the contours of the mountain with some very steep drop-offs 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. The trail sort of disappears for 100 feet or so, but don't panic, you'll find it to the right of an old picnic table. 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 drop-offs. In another 2-3 miles, you reach the Hwy 2 and Red Box Ranger Station. Go to the far West corner of the parking lot (next to the highway and a picnic table) take the 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). This part of the trail will finally end at Switzer's picnic grounds after about 4 miles from Redbox. Follow the paved and steep road up about 1/2 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 (or you can follow the paved road another 200 feet to Hwy 2, make a left on Hwy 2 and you'll reach Clear Creek in less than a mile). The total ride distance is somewhere around 17 miles.
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Latitude
34.2594865145062
Longitude
-118.16207885742188
Trail Directions
Take the 210 Frwy to Hwy 2 and go north about 11 miles to Clear Creek Station. You will see a turnoff for Palmdale. Park at the corner of Hwy 2 and the Palmdale turnoff. Make a left off of Hwy 2 like you are going to Palmdale. On the right side less than 100 feet from Hwy 2 you will see a gated (fireroad) dirt road. The trail starts here. You will need an Adventure Pass ($5) to park. You can get them at Clear Creek Station or at any Sport Chalet store.
Trail Length
17 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
La Canada
   


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Review Date
March 7, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dickbrown ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
THIS TRAIL CLOSED!

We didn't see the signs until we exited the fire road were we entered at HWY 2 and Angeles Crest. But they are there, still closed due to the station fire.

The fire road is a bit unkempt with lots of rocky parts. But still an a@# kicker! At one point every tree around you is completely scorched. When we got to the saddle after 2.5 miles we found the single track to the right. It is very grown over in parts and down right sketchy going along the backside of the mountain. Lots of rocks with a 6 inch or less track, oh ya, and a very steep grade on one side. About half a mile in to the single track the trail is completely gone. Looks like extreme erosion due to the vegetation loss. We couldn't even get around the first gravel washout on foot. If you fall you slide about 200 feet on sheer rock. As far as you can see around the mountain from this point the trail has been mostly taken out by rock slides. We were forced to turn around and stick to the fire roads.

Its very sad, as it looks like this trail may never recover. Even with many volunteers this trail may be lost.



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Review Date
March 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: becik ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just an update on the conditions.
The reviews of slowrider and rsmarq are still up to date.

Was there last Sunday,
Just a bit disappointed by the looseness of the surface, a bit too sandy to my east coast rider taste.
Definitely a trail builder accomplishment, with amazing views.
The best part really begin once you've reach the saddle between Strawberry Peak and Mt. Lawlor.

Recommended Route:
Maps available at Clear creek station.
Signalisation on the trail is realy minimal.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
we came back from red box to clear creek by the road,
(forced by a time secdule)



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Review Date
October 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: slowrider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fun 16 mile (on my computer) mostly singletrack ride with a few technical sections.
Some of the singletrack is cliffside with sandslides accross the trail that force you to dissmount to cross them, but only a few. The finish is fairly technical and a ton of fun.

Recommended Route:
We rode it clockwise and I wouldn't want to do it counterclockwise, Clockwise the 2.5 mile fireroad is a climb and all the technical stuff is downhill; especially the killer finish.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
JPL and redbox as a shuttle but this is a better all around ride.



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Review Date
May 15, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rsmarg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is the archetypal Southern California trail. Fire road climb with great views followed by varied singletrack through pine, oak, and scrub with flowy, smooth stretches punctuated by technical speed checks. This trail is somewhat long but - with the exception of the first climb - is not exhausting.

The tread is in pretty good shape overall, though pretty sandy and loose in the first mile or so after Josephine Saddle.

From a trailbuilder's perspective, this trail is exemplary for its nice outslope and sophisticated retaining walls. Props to whomever got those in that far (heli, mule?) and installing them. There's also some neat stonework across some seasonal drainages.

The singletrack grade never gets too hairy (except the switchbacks out of the Colby Ranch junction). It is exposed a lot of time, so probably not a good summer ride. Definitely want full suspension, not because of big drops or anything, but for your body's sake. Great trail will return to again soon.

Recommended Route:
Directions above are spot-on. For exact mileage reference see Diane Fragnoli's "Mountain Biking Southern California's 100 Best Trails," although note that her mileage includes the climb to Josephine Peak. If you don't ride that then subtract 1.5 miles from the reference after you pass Josephine Saddle.



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Review Date
July 8, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: edwinharbor ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode there today (07/08/07). Someone has written, "Save this ride for Winter time." TRUE. I have done this one a few times (maybe once before during the Summer as well) - have done many of the local stuff (El Prieto, Winter Creak, Sunset Trail, etc...) in 100 degree weather - I like to train in the heat, sometimes. Anyway, Strawberry Peak in the 90 degree heat is HELL! I did it with a 70 ounce water cell, my buddy a 100 ouncer, thank God, because I was empty before we started crossing the South ridge line in the heat of the day (around 1pm). We nursed what he had left and made it to the Redbox trail head. Never thought luke warm, drinking fountain water, with hundreds of huge dead red ants pooling in it could taste so good!

Long story short, the trail was dry, loose and loamy, which made for some difficult leg work. This is a very fun trail in the cooler months, and a tough training ground in the warmer ones.

Oh yeah, there were three runners (two guys and lady) in their 40's running the entire thing from Wilson to Wilson - training for a 50k run in August. If they can do it, so can we! : 0

Recommended Route:
Start at Switzer parking lot, climb to the road, take the fireroad to the saddle, do the single track to Redbox and end back at you vehicle. Around 17 miles. 2.5 to 5 hours depending on the heat and you.



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