|Peak Summited||2021 Strawberry Peak|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Intermittent snow - not hard to cross|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
My first hike of the challenge! Arrived at the trailhead just before sunrise and was on the trail around 6:30. Beautiful sky with the sun coming up behind Mt. Baldy in the distance. Weather was perfect, mid-40’s but I warmed up quick while hiking and just needed a smart wool base layer on top after I got going. I was expecting more snow but there were only a handful of spots on trail that had packed snow. I had microspikes but didn’t need to put them on, trekking poles were sufficient. First couple miles is really gentle and pleasant, that last mile and a half to the summit is a great workout. Met two fellow 6 pack challengers on the peak. Clear and crisp day, could see the entire valley, LA, Santa Monica and majestic views of a snow covered Mt. Baldy. Highly recommend going on this hike now to capitalize on the snow-capped views.