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kngalaricBagged it a few times from both sides  Sucess!


A good winter hike. It snowed on my friend Jim and I early on Super Bowl Sunday a few years ago.
Posted Aug 9, 2006 1:35 am

jazamoomorning sweetness  Sucess!


5 AM drive from UCLA for a 6 AM hike
greeting Helios in the early morn with a resounding hello
truly resounding!
lovely mountain echoes
sweaty backs, well-used legs
a well-loved trail
returning to a still snoozling roommate
what hilariousness

and oh, the beauty of the San Gabriels...!
Posted May 29, 2006 5:51 am

johnmRoute Climbed: West Ridge (ascent) / East Ridge (descent)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 8, 2006


Clear day and early morning start up Colby Canyon. The stream and waterfalls were all flowing well. Reached Josephine Saddle and started up the ridgeline towards Strawberry Peak. Still patches of snow in the covered areas. Reached the base of Strawberry and followed the well known purple arrows to the summit. Nice view but low clouds moved in quickly from the southwest. Decided to return via east ridge to Red Box.
Posted May 4, 2006 6:13 am

cbuelowEast Ridge/Red Box  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006


Cloudy at home, but plenty of sunshine above the clouds... Great views of Baldy and San Jacinto from the top.
Posted Apr 30, 2006 12:13 am

EleutherosNo Pain No Gain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2006


Gotta love an icy class 3 ridge. Circled the mountain and passed through Camp Colby on the way up to ascend Red Box. This made the hike about 14.5 miles round trip.
Posted Mar 17, 2006 7:09 pm

Augie MedinaWest Ridge Strawberry Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2006

Augie Medina

This is the only route to a summit in the San Gabriel front range that I know of that has sections of 3d class rock. I've done this route many times and it is always fun. Today, our group did Josephine Peak first, then Strawberry, then Lawlor. From Strawberry, we could see that Baldy still has snow on it.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 4:16 am

hagertypWest Ridge/Colby Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2006


I had a good, first 3rd class experience. Check out my trip report if you want to hear what it was like for a beginner.
Posted Feb 13, 2006 5:51 am

Fred BagniRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: January 7th, 2OO6  Sucess!

Fred Bagni

Beautiful day for a hike. Retrieved my son's lost pack.
Posted Jan 14, 2006 10:42 pm

GlennGRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 1/7/06  Sucess!


Fun little section of 3rd class. Part of an eight peak HPS jaunt, beautiful weather. Only worth ascending from the West ridge IMHO.
Posted Jan 8, 2006 12:39 am

Fred BagniRoute Climbed: Colby Canyon/West Ridge Date Climbed: December 27th, 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 27, 2005

Fred Bagni

Nice day for a hike. My 12 year old son and I had a good great time on the class three section. I dropped his backpack down a cliff by accident:-) It's orange just in case...

Posted Dec 27, 2005 11:01 pm

jazamooRe: Route Climbed: Colby Canyon/West Ridge Date Climbed: December 27th, 2005


randomly scanning the summit-posts... this one made me laugh (sorry, but it's funny) :)
Posted May 29, 2006 5:53 am

Steve LarsonRoute Climbed: East Ridge/Red Box Date Climbed: 1980's  Sucess!

Steve Larson

Climbed with a friend one afternoon soon after college. Kind of hot trudging up that ridge, but nice views.
Posted Dec 24, 2005 11:28 pm

jkowalskiRoute Climbed: West Ridge-Extensive vandalism Date Climbed: 11/6/05  Sucess!
Some moron has spray painted purple arrows all the way from Josephine Saddle to the summit of Stramberry Peak. At almost any spot there was a rock, a purple arrow or purple dot has been painted on it. This trail is clear and direct so there was absolutely no reason to vandalize it in this way. I reported the defacing to the law enforcement division of the Angeles National Forest Service and they will be heading up there to assess the situation. All of us who hike it often could help remove the graffitti little by little simply by bringing a few sheets of sandpaper in your pack and taking a few moments to remove these marks one at a time. Simply by using a rock I was able to scrape off one in about 3 minutes, but there are so many I would request everyone please take a minute and try to remove one or two. Thank you very much.
Posted Nov 7, 2005 12:16 pm

JonodoRoute Climbed: East Ridge - Red Box Date Climbed: October 16, 2005  Sucess!


This was a really fun, easy hike. I went with my Dad (68 yrs old) and he did great. Some thoughts for posterity.

1. The first "Hello Kitty" register box I've seen.

2. The Indian grinding stones near the summit were cool.

3. Yuccas suck.

Posted Oct 22, 2005 12:27 am

fleshy1Route Climbed: Colby Cyn / West Ridge Date Climbed: October 16, 2005  Sucess!


New boot break in hike. No blisters, but man my feet were done. Did the route with a 30 lbs day pack on and was comfortable on the short climbing sections. Today was also the first storm of the fall season. Managed to get out before any serious rain began to fall.
Posted Oct 17, 2005 10:31 am

gtsmithRoute Climbed: Red Box Station To Peak Date Climbed: June 4, 2005  Sucess!
We were at the trailhead around 10 am with temperatures around the mid 70's. This was a beautiful day above the clouds and smog of LA. The trail is well maintained, steep in the last third with scree in some locations but walk-able especially with hiking sticks. Also, watch out for sharp Yucca’s. We kept batting the flies away while at the peak. The peak register, a red tin can, was missing but we did find a Geocache nearby. We took about 2 hours up and 2 and a half down mostly to enjoy the mountain views and vegetation.
Posted Jun 5, 2005 2:40 pm

bechttRoute Climbed: Colby up -- Red Box down Date Climbed: 29 May 05  Sucess!


Great climb -- perfect day. The last part up the class 3 route was the best (although my dog didn't think so)
Posted May 29, 2005 10:50 pm

jkowalskiRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: May9, 2005  Sucess!
Just completed my 20th summit of Strawberry Peak via the West Ridge. Awesome conditions as the marine layer rolled in and stopped right along the ridge. Climbed up through the clouds on the 3rd class section and topped out looking down onto an awesome layer of clouds that slowly began to roll over the ridge. So of course when I go to take some pics I find out my camera batteries are dead. Would have been some great shots.
Posted May 10, 2005 2:52 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: West Ridge / East Ridge traverse Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2005  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Agree 100% with Matthew's comments below. Trip Report
Posted Apr 13, 2005 12:27 am

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: West Ridge (ascent) / East Ridge (descent) Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Found some enjoyable fourth class by heading up the spine of the ridge directly. Fun scramble, a bit spicy in one or two places, and Colby Canyon's a pretty area as well. I'll do this one again. I'm a bit curious what the standard class 2-3 route (replete with painted arrows) is like now.

This was the second peak on a semi-epic day of HPS peak bagging with Bob. We started with Josephine, Strawberry, then Lawlor in the morning. Then a drive up Wilson. Then we spotted San Gabriel, vaguely recalled that it was an HPS peak, so we went and tagged Markham, Lowe, Disappointment, and San Gabriel. Then Bob thought that Mt. Harvard was an HPS peak as well, so we went and tagged that one. The crux was squeezing through the security fence around the telecommunications facility at the top--helps to be skinny. We still had some daylight and a full moon, so then we did a loop around Iron, Round Top, Granite, and Rabbit.

Thoroughly enjoyable day. Perfect weather, great views, nice hiking/scrambling, and I enjoyed the spontaneous nature of just seeing a peak, thinking "that looks like an HPS bump!" and heading out to it.
Posted Apr 12, 2005 5:35 pm

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