A seven hour drive to the trailhead

Peak Summited2019 Strawberry Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadRed Box Picnic Area
EncounteredWildflowers blooming, Fall foliage, Ripe berries
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

When I got in the car at 3:30am this morning, I didn't know which SoCal Peak I was going to hike but  7 hours in the car gave me plenty of time to make a decision.  I had a few ideas of which peak I wanted to bag next but Strawberry was pretty convenient to where I was headed and I was up for a shorter challenge.

This was my first peak since I finished the JMT 3 weeks ago and I didn't know how I was going to feel.  I knew the weather was going to be warm and had been hydrating a lot more for the few days prior.  This hike didn't have much shade and getting to the trailhead at 10am meant I was hiking in the sun.  It was tough and even tough on my feet.

There was a gradual climb for the first half before a steep and sometimes a good scramble to the top.  It was hot but there was a slight cool breeze that was really nice. Oh, and the fact that I partially froze my CamelBak so it was pretty cold for almost the entire hike.

There were so many great areas with a 360 degree view and I could make out a faint silhouette of downtown in the far distance. Less than a mile from the peak on my decent, I saw a guy wearing nice clothing and dress shoes, pointy ones at that.  I also don't recall him carrying any water.  I have so many questions I didn't get to ask him.

3 SoCal Peaks down, 3 NorCal Peaks down. I think I'm going to wait until it cools down to bag some more.


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