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Strawberry Peak from Red Box in Angeles Crest Forest - MINS KITCHEN for THAI!!!!

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    Angeles Crest Highway /Red Box Rd., Angeles Crest Forest, Ca., Angeles Crest Forest, CA, Los Angeles, CA (map)

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  • We will be in the RED BOX PICNIC AREA parking lot near at the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Red Box Rd. It's the lot OPPOSITE the Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center
  • USE THIS MAP HERE!! THIS ONE RIGHT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    MAP FOR RED BOX PICNIC AREA USE THIS!!

    Time - 10:00 a.m. LEAVE AT 10:15 a.m. SHARP!
    Distance - 7 miles RT
    Elevation gain 1500'
    Difficulty - ADVANCED MODERATE with some rock scrambling. (5/10)
    The last 3/4 of a mile is not a maintained trail and is very steep with some rock scrambling over boulders and takes time. (NOT class 3)
    ABSOLUTELY NO BEGINNERS!!!  But it's a heck of a lot of fun!

    Strawberry Peak is located along the Angeles Crest highway in the Mt. Wilson area. This hike has been closed due due the Station fire for almost 5 years and is now OPEN!! The beginning of the trail has been beautifully restored by the Sierra club and there are currently many wildflowers along the route. The trail follows a ridge that provides panoramic views of the front range and the Upper Big Tujunga-Alder Creek backcountry. 

    The trail is very easy to follow. When we come to a split about 3/4 mile in  we continue North and take the branch on our left.  We will be traversing through some hearty yucca, so watch where your step.

    We will come to another branch about 2 miles in, (the saddle with Mt. Lawlor) at this point we need to continue north again and take the left branch. The other trail leads to Strawberry Meadows. This is where you gain most of your elevation, and there is some climbing on the ridge. It's  rocky and the trail is not maintained like the first part of the trail. It is essential that the people at the front stay within sight of the hike organizer AT ALL TIMES and I may ask you to wait from time to time. Please honor that request.

    I can not stress enough that the last 3/4 of a mile are challenging and should NOT be attempted if you have any injury or are inexperienced with a small degree of rock scrambling. Though not class 3 it can be tricky and will require all your attention. I will be making ABSOLUTELY SURE that the group is not spread apart at this point of the hike. THIS MEANS WE WILL WAIT FOR EVERYONE TO CATCH UP BEFORE THE LAST 3/4 MILE!!! PLEASE DO NOT GO AHEAD AT THIS POINT!! 
    We will have snacks at the peak

    Directions to the trailhead: From Foothill Blvd in La Canada drive up the Angeles Crest highway (2) for 15 miles. You will pass the intersection of Angeles Forest Highway at mile 11. Continue STRAIGHT past the small ranger station on your right for another 4 miles. At mile 15 from La Canada You will see the turnoff for Red Box Rd (Mt WIlson Toll Rd) on your right. Turn right here. Turn left immediately into the lot by the picnic tables. We will meet here.
    Forest Adventure Pass is required to park in the lot.

    MAP FOR RED BOX PICNIC AREA USE THIS!!

    -BRING PLENTY OF WATER!!!|
    -Use proper hiking shoes, lugged soles are helpful.
    -POLES ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Especially for the last 3/4 mile.
    -Use plenty of sun block.
    -Bring a camera.
    -Bring something for a snack at the peak.
    -Bring at least one joke.


    MINS KITCHEN: 1040 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

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  • Flora

    Does anyone know why they call it "Strawberry" Peak?

    1 · June 4, 2014

    • Joe

      I heard a different story. The original name was Grape Peak, named for the transplantees who came here from Sonoma. Several years later there was a huge battle for that area spurred on by hippies drunk on Strawberry Hill wine. After much slipping and falling and name calling, the hippies won and renamed the peak....so it is said.

      1 · June 6, 2014

    • Flora

      Ha! Who would have known!

      June 7, 2014

  • Karen L.

    Ken: I feel your pain brother. Remind me when I see you to tell you about my road trip and breaking down outside of Salinas - THREE days after Frontier Toyota had the car in for repairs for an entire week!! Hang in there buddy - the trails will waitin for you.

    June 7, 2014

  • GERN B.

    I think i am freaking out for sure i think

    1 · June 6, 2014

    • Ken S.

      You're not alone my friend. Hand me the cranial saw...

      1 · June 6, 2014

  • Ken S.

    Yes I'm OK. Just was too late in the day to do anything about this. I am in North Hollywood.

    June 6, 2014

    • Ken S.

      I want to choke my mechanic... The entire exhaust system sounds like it's about to drop off the bottom of the car. It was fine when I left it there this morning. I'm so sorry, thus is embarrassing. hope everyone gets the emails....

      June 6, 2014

    • Jen X.

      I didn't see this comment and was worried about you...glad you are ok. Sorry about the car, it will get fixed. Not embarrassing at all, thanks for organizing the hike in the first place. Next time.

      June 6, 2014

  • Val

    Let me know... If you want me hold the mechanic... Good luck with a car.

    June 6, 2014

  • Val

    Ken, where are u reside?

    June 6, 2014

  • Val

    Ken, are you OK.

    June 6, 2014

  • Ken S.

    Anybody there? I may have to cancel this hike as my car just blew up. ARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!

    June 6, 2014

  • Carmen

    Ken, is it possible to get a day pass somewhere close to the parking lot?

    June 6, 2014

    • Ken S.

      There is a ranger station at the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Angeles Forest Highway about 11 miles from Foothill.

      June 6, 2014

  • greg g.

    HEY KEN: MAY I BRING MY DOG . I DONT HAVE ONE BUT IF I DID: KEN I AM CONFUSSED HERE ONLY BECAUSE EVERYONE PUTS THEIR 2 CENTS IN. DOES ONE NEED TO PURCHASE A DAY PASS TO PARK IN THE PARKING LOT YOU DESCRIBED OR WHAT???? AND IS THIS HIKE HARDER THEN LAST WEEKEND'S HIKE. AS IN STRAIGHT UP HILL???????

    June 6, 2014

    • Ken S.

      No, Yes, Yes.

      June 6, 2014

  • greg g.

    Ken is there a place that my helicopter pilot can land so i may join you on the hike?

    June 6, 2014

    • Ken S.

      Lawlor saddle. Best of luck!

      June 6, 2014

  • Julie

    Does anyone have a spare adventure pass? REI have run out of day passes? Or if someone wants to Carpool from Culver City or surrounding area, I'll trade you my mad driving skills for a pass?

    June 6, 2014

    • rexfrankel

      The ticket is $5 if you don't have one.

      June 6, 2014

    • Jen X.

      Try Big 5

      June 6, 2014

  • Jen X.

    I have a parking pass and I can carpool...leaving from pasadena around 9:30. Can meet at the ride share street just off 210 Angeles Crest Hwy. PM me if interested

    June 6, 2014

  • greg g.

    I like hiking but my ideal of hiking is a flat land with pretty views. people chatting as we hike.... maybe a stop to eat some lunch. Getting to know someone. But dude your hikes are not hikes they are lets see who can get there first and then what?????? if i want to race then lets go down to the beach and ill run 16 miles but when it comes to hiking i like to relax and get to know people. Sorry your group is not for me.

    June 6, 2014

    • greg g.

      I work in the entertainment field and that is very very competitive so on the weekends i dont need hikes for my x ser size lol. i need peace and relaxation . i dont need competitive .

      June 6, 2014

  • sondra

    this sounds fun anyone want to carpool from SfVF? Its 50 minutes I can fit 4 more in my car and we could leave around 9 or 9:15 from SHerman Oaks east or I can pick up folks in Valley Village/NoHo

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Mary

    VERY FUNNY! I hope we all know how to swim :)

    June 4, 2014

    • Mary

      (Referring to your map locating the deep blue ocean)

      1 · June 4, 2014

    • Ken S.

      Well now that's why it says "MAP FOR RED BOX PICNIC AREA USE THIS!!"

      June 6, 2014

  • Karen L.

    I may come in last, but I always finish!

    2 · June 4, 2014

    • Jen X.

      I injured my shoulder last night. Hope it will be better by Saturday. If for some reasons, I can't make the steep climb, can I wait there?

      June 5, 2014

    • Ken S.

      Yes.

      June 5, 2014

  • ! That JOHN G.

    MINS KITCHEN: 1040 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

    1 · June 4, 2014

    • Ken S.

      That's for sure!!!!

      1 · June 4, 2014

    • ! That JOHN G.

      and more importantly... a place that serves Jagermeister

      2 · June 4, 2014

  • Jen X.

    You're right...this ought to be a lot cooler in temperature. Climbing on the ridge and the last 3/4 miles sound scary?!

    June 2, 2014

    • Ken S.

      Class 3 requires hands and feet on rock and might need a rope. Not the case here. There are rocks but not of this difficulty.

      1 · June 4, 2014

    • Joe

      I'm looking for the classless rock scrambling. More my speed.

      3 · June 4, 2014

  • Jessica v.

    Is the next one this Friday ?

    June 4, 2014

  • Ken S.

    My number is[masked] if you need it.

    June 4, 2014

    • Ken S.

      And if you don't need it it's[masked]

      1 · June 4, 2014

  • Lee Z.

    Ken....now this is a primo hike you are doing. Good job.

    2 · June 2, 2014

    • Ken S.

      Thanks Lee!!! From you that's quite a nice statement! Much appreciated!

      1 · June 2, 2014

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