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Strawberry Peak

Peak Summited2021 Strawberry Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadRed Box Picnic Area
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a dog, Hiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsIntermittent snow - not hard to cross
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

We spent 10 minutes looking for the trailhead at the parking only to realize it was further up the road, so we were off to a great start. Arriving at the first junction we almost turned back at seeing such a steep climb. Thankfully another group let us know that was the trail to Mt. Lawler and we found the rim trail to the saddle. This part of the trail was simply amazing with breath defying views. There was a plant that was trimmed on the side of trail which confused us until I accidentally bumped up to its brother and received a pleasant torn in my calf. The climb to the peak was a roller coaster of emotions. Yea! I'm making it. Crap! A false peak. Look at me go, cruising along, call me Hiker Extraordinaire. Who needs training for thru hiking? Not this gal! OMG, another false peak! The trail of lies and deceit! Ok, this has to be the peak….ugh, why?! Last climb, please? Finally! The peak was busy with people so we parked ourselves on the west(?) side that had more room and better views. Then we went back down. The peak in no way resembles a strawberry, upside or otherwise. Honestly, best way to start the new year. Loved this hike, trail dog approved.

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