|Peak Summited||2021 Strawberry Peak|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a dog, Hiked with a partner, Hiked with a group|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||Bugs were not too bad|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
There's a reason we titled the post “Peeking Peaks” for this particular hike. To get to Strawberry Peak, we had to hike up and down a few false peaks. Once we hiked to the top of a hill, we only got to peek the next hill and so on.
The trail condition was good. The first mile was pretty shaded but after that there was no shade at all. Luckily, we did it on a cloudy day so it was not too hot for us. I'd imagine it'd be terrible in the summer. After the first mile, you'd be walking on a narrow path next to a cliff for about 1-1.5 miles. This part can be kinda scary but the terrain is pretty flat so it wasn't hard at all. The challenge came after the end of this narrow path. For the last mile, you'd be walking up and down steep hills before you get to the actual peak. It may seem like never-ending ups and downs but you'll get there eventually. Also, the view on this last mile was amazing so if you get tired, you can just take a short break enjoying a nice view all around.
We brought our 7-month-old 11-lbs puppy and he rocked it! Keep in mind that we've been taking him hiking every week this year so he's built up endurance for it. I don't know about taking a dog who doesn't go hiking often because we saw a group of people with dogs who turned back after they started the ups and downs. However, our friend's husky made it fine even though it was his first hike (with lots of water breaks). Just be sure to bring lots of water for the dogs if you do decide to bring them especially if it's a hot day.
We started at about 7:30am on a Sunday and the parking lot was kinda of full, but surprisingly we didn't see that many people on the trail. When we got to the top at about 10am, there were probably only about 4-5 groups. Since the day we went was kind of cloudy, we were above the clouds at the peak and it was really beautiful. The hike took us a total of 5 hours 45 minutes because we took a lot of breaks in between and also a 30-minute break at the peak for some snacks and pictures. My recording indicates that our moving time was 4 hours.
Overall, I really liked this hike even though it was a little challenging. The view was definitely worth it!