|Peak Summited||2021 Strawberry Peak|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
Strawberry Peak is definitely an odd one. Up until the last scramble, it's a leisurely stroll through dramatic canyons opening into some nice views.
The soundtrack isn't as much nature as a park near an interstate, with birdsong interrupted by revving engines periodically as the 2 highway gets enjoyed by heavily modded canyon carvers and middle-aged Porsche enthusiasts alike. But when you get to the saddle, and look up at that last mile, it really starts to feel like a proper mountain hike.
That being said, it's a popular hike which means you'll be fighting space when you do finish the scramble to the top with all sorts of folks. Some, are friendly and are there to enjoy nature while others are loud and blaring music. In my case, it was a bit of a party up there with the peak taken over by a joyful group hellbent on making their descent as difficult as possible by eradicating a bottle of tequila in record time. Getting to the tippy top of the peak took letting them sway off of it but the view from there wasn't worth really putting up a fight.
On the way up, there's some nice rocks and viewpoints that I'd recommend stopping at for lunch or to rest over getting up to the peak.
I'd also definitely recommend making a stop at Mt Lawlor, just don't go up the firebreak from the front – it's 1000ft up over 1/3 of a mile with slippery scree and limited places to rest. The back route, from the saddle, is much more mellow and once you crest the first ridge, basically a straight shot. The view from up there was excellent and there were a few rocks to let you rest your weary bones.