Climbed with a friend one afternoon soon after college. Kind of hot trudging up that ridge, but nice views.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great climb -- perfect day. The last part up the class 3 route was the best (although my dog didn't think so)
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.
Agree 100% with Matthew's comments below. Trip Report
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.
Have climbed the Red Box and Colby Canyon routes many times since. One of the nicer peaks in the San Gabriels, IMO.
couldn't sleep , too drunk , so at 3:30am decided to leave a letter of resignation at my job, rei, and then off to colby canyon and up to Strawberry for the sunrise.
19th time on summit. Nice and warm, very little snow and ice along the ridge. But the waterfalls are flowing nicely down in Colby Canyon.
A pretty good hike with a nice scramble at the end. Warm weather for January and no snow left from the previous big storm.
As my Uncle Jim says: The Man's Route. Lots of fun following the arrows...
Climbed with my son rusty6. I have to get used to the class 3 thing. All-in-all an enjoyable hike.
Solo climb when I was round 16yrs. I remember it as pretty solitary (probably went mid-week), and not too difficult. Remember peering down the west face!
The recent rains have ripped up the trail in spots, making it a much more enjoyable and interesting hike. I summited at 9:50 a.m. Getting a little chilly up there.
It was a gorgeous day after a big rainstorm and the creek was flowing nicely. It was a great hike and I like the scrambling sections. I love "scrambled legs". Thanks, Robbie!
Damn it was cloudy, climbed that last 1/4 mile with about 15 feet visibilty. Oh well, it just made the climb that much more memorable.
The main thing I remember climbing this peak is how hot it was and I ran out of water. I had to push my tee shirt through the water screen atop a water tank along the ridge. I then squeezed my wet tee shirt wringing as much salty and dirty water into my parched throat. I don't know how I didn't get sick from the stagnant water since a ranger told me even rats fall through the screen guard! Yuk!