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A Quiet Hike to Strawberry Peak

Peak Summited2021 Strawberry Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadRedbox Canyon
EncounteredFall foliage
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsIntermittent snow - not hard to cross
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems
Additional Informationhttps://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/strawberry-peak-trail-via-redbox-canyon-56d326d

With a day off from classes, I was able to complete this beautiful hike on a Tuesday and even convinced my mom to join me. We started around 9:30 and, as it was a Tuesday, had no trouble finding parking (you do need an Adventure Pass). The weather was absolutely fantastic with clear, sunny skies and a slight breeze. After about a mile of easy terrain, we got away from the noise of the road that runs past the trailhead and were able to enjoy the sounds of the nature around us. We saw multiple hawks fly by us relatively close although I wouldn't know enough to identify the species they were. At around the three mile mark, the incline increased pretty dramatically as we got close to the peak. My mom, who doesn't normally do hikes like this, repeatedly expressed her jealousy for my trekking poles as we climbed over difficult terrain so she borrowed them for a good portion of the steep bits. Nearing the peak, we saw the last remaining patches of snow speckled across the ground and once we reached the top, the 360 views were spectacular. After a snack and taking pictures with the sign, we had an equally beautiful hike back down to the parking lot. All in all, letting my mom set the pace, it took us about three and half hours round trip and, as crazy as it sounds, we saw a total of only three other people. This was my first hike for the SoCal 6 pack of peaks and my first hike in the LA National Forest but I will definitely be going back soon!

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