Strawberry Peak via Redbox, 7.5 miles RT, 1,752’ +/-, April 20, 2018

Strawberry Peak is the tallest peak in the front range standing at 6,164’.  It’s easy to spot along Angeles Crest Highway because it’s shaped like a Strawberry.  We took the trail from Redbox, but there’s also a mountaineer’s route with a class 3 rock climb that you can access via Colby Canyon.  We opted for the “easy” route.  This was a fun hike which at times tested my fear of heights.  Steep rock scrambles are more of a mental challenge for me then a physical one, so I had to push through some fears getting myself up there today.  The expansive views as you hike along the ridge and make the steep climb to the top are absolutely worth the effort.  And who knows, maybe someday I’ll work up the courage to do the mountaineer’s route!  It was a fun, challenging and exciting day!  

 The trail starts just off Angeles Crest across the street from Redbox.

The trail starts just off Angeles Crest across the street from Redbox.

 The first part of the trail is a nice and easy.

The first part of the trail is a nice and easy.

 You can see how much damage the Station Fire did here in 2009.

You can see how much damage the Station Fire did here in 2009.

 The trail hugs the mountain as it winds around it.

The trail hugs the mountain as it winds around it.

 Starting to gain a little elevation.

Starting to gain a little elevation.

 That far off bump is Strawberry Peak.

That far off bump is Strawberry Peak.

 Enjoying the views.

Enjoying the views.

 Yucca everywhere.  Be careful not to walk into them!  Ouch!

Yucca everywhere.  Be careful not to walk into them!  Ouch!

 Lots of rocky sections.  We had to use our hands in some spots.  

Lots of rocky sections.  We had to use our hands in some spots.  

 Just a little bit further.

Just a little bit further.

 Taking a moment to enjoy the views.

Taking a moment to enjoy the views.

 Now the final push to the top.

Now the final push to the top.

 Strawberry Peak looking back from where we just came from.

Strawberry Peak looking back from where we just came from.

 Strawberry Peak views.

Strawberry Peak views.

 Strawberry Peak.

Strawberry Peak.

 Strawberry Peak.

Strawberry Peak.

 Starting to head back now.

Starting to head back now.

 We were up in the clouds on this beautiful ridge most of the trip.  It was awesome!

We were up in the clouds on this beautiful ridge most of the trip.  It was awesome!

 Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

 My husband waiting for me as I continue to snap a million pictures.  :)

My husband waiting for me as I continue to snap a million pictures.  :)

 Rocky cliffs.

Rocky cliffs.

 You can see the trail laid out in front of us.

You can see the trail laid out in front of us.

 Looking back at Strawberry Peak.

Looking back at Strawberry Peak.

 Here we are at Strawberry Saddle.  I'm actually standing up on the trail to Mount Lawlor here.

Here we are at Strawberry Saddle.  I'm actually standing up on the trail to Mount Lawlor here.

 This is the trail you take to Mount Lawler.  

This is the trail you take to Mount Lawler.  

 And now we hug the mountain again for the hike back.

And now we hug the mountain again for the hike back.

 You can see the Angeles Crest Highway just off to the left here.  It was a weekday so it was mostly quiet unlike weekends when people are driving on it like a speedway.  Be careful crossing it to get to the trail!

You can see the Angeles Crest Highway just off to the left here.  It was a weekday so it was mostly quiet unlike weekends when people are driving on it like a speedway.  Be careful crossing it to get to the trail!

 Spiky yucca!

Spiky yucca!

 I would not want to get stuck with one of these!

I would not want to get stuck with one of these!

 This is the view of Strawberry Peak just off Angeles Crest Highway.  It kinda does look like a strawberry, don't you think?

This is the view of Strawberry Peak just off Angeles Crest Highway.  It kinda does look like a strawberry, don't you think?

 That's me pointing at the mountain we just climbed.  :D

That's me pointing at the mountain we just climbed.  :D