This is a vast improvement. Now I can go there and know what I'm doing. Thanks!
Hey Melba, you funny girl. Can I go there with you?
Good job, Rob.
Funkness, darling, I think you mean a strawberry with it's blossom end down, don't you? Pointy end up?
Geez I don't know. I borrowed that info from here. It says "up". But I agree with you, it's surely a typo, I'll change it. Thanks.
Good job on the update
looks vaguely like Borah Peak after you reflect that standard view and minaturize it. Deserving page
Borah picture comparison at SP
Thanks for a great page of info. All of the routes and
instructions for access were accurate and were a great help to us. The photos are helpful as well.
This page and the web site are the best. Trail info and routes into the mountains from the forestry service are sadly lacking. Thanks for your hard work.
Very nice page. I lived in La Canada for 18 years, and would have loved to have known about the peak. Thanks for the effort.
Thanks for your vote!
Nice page, Rob.
Nice to see that there is a real Strawberry peak!
I used to call a hill next to my grandparents' mountain house that way because it looked like a giant strawbery to me. Here's a picture of it:
For those of us who loved to use the "climber's route" up Strawberry Peak, we mourn the loss of plant and animal life on this wonderful mountain. I have gone up the steep trail over 200 times in 20 years, taking many friends and family with me.
I have not seen the devastation from the Station Fire myself, but I have seen a videotape showing the barren mountain in the background. If anyone has information on the effect of the fire on Strawberry Peak, please post here.
It would be good the help restore the trail after the area opens again, particularly after the winter rains and snow will take their toll.
Does anyone know when the Angeles Crest Highway will reopen?
I think the area is still closed as of June 13, 2011. The Ranger District and Forest Service haven't done a very good of communicating online what areas are actually closed now -- their pages link to a map, but it's a broken link. But apparently the general area that's still closed is the Big Tujunga watershed. Both the Jospehine Peak road and the Red Box trailhead have signs saying they're closed.
It was illegal to hike in the Big Tujunga area for years after the Station Fire, due to concern that hikers would carry invasive plant seeds on their boots while the vegetation was still getting reestablished. It's legal again now.
Immediately after the fire, some of the burned areas had huge amounts of poodle-dog bush: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turricula_%28plant%29 This stuff is a horrible skin irritant. The plant has microscopic hairs that are like little syringes injecting its irritating chemical. They stick in your skin and you can't get them out, and it's much, much worse than poison oak. I had a case that made life miserable for a full month. As of 2014, the stuff has mostly retreated from the road cuts and hillsides, but there is still a ton of it on the west ridge of Strawberry Peak, in the area leading up to the final scramble. It's possible to avoid a lot of it, but not all of it. There is one big bush of it directly blocking and obscuring the start of the scramble. Definitely wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, avoid contact, have a change of clothes in the car, and throw the stuff in a garbage bag when you get back to the car.
The trail from Red Box is back open as of April 2015. There are no signs, but the route is in good condition all the way to the summit, and it is easy to follow. The portion of the hike from the saddle to the summit is still difficult, but the trail is easy to follow.