Ascent of Strawberry Peak on 2008-01-01

Climber: Mark Habermeyer

Others in Party:Jeph
Date:Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Strawberry Peak
    Elevation:6164 ft / 1878 m

Ascent Trip Report

Well they say that the 3rd time is a charm! I can believe that now as I finally reached the summit of Strawberry Peak on New Year's Day!
After aborting our trip on a summit attempt back in April due to snow and as recently as December 15th, we reached the top on a gorgeous day to start 2008! We started early and were out on the trail out from Red Box by 7:40am. (Really no one there!) Many thanks to HikeUp for his suggestion of this trail up to Strawberry Peak. It was great!

My hiking companions for the day were four young energetic kids that could really move out on the trail. They made it to the saddle between Lawlor and Strawberry by 8:30am and then waited for me! We touched Mt. Lawlor after a rock scramble (exposure was minimal) around 10am. After a return hike (the kids ran!) back to the saddle we headed up to Strawberry Peak on the use trail and were up there by 12:30pm. (the kids were up there sooner but waited until I got my tired bones up there! )

After great views and a quick lunch we headed back down to the car. We were treated to a fly over of Strawberry Peak by the F-18 jets at the Rose Bowl Game!

We also had a great view of downtown LA and the Goodyear Blimp!

All in all a great day in the mountains above LA! Obviously conditions have changed since we did this hike.(Be careful out there!) Have a great day!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1828 ft / 557 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1828 ft / 557 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:Strawberry Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:Red Box  4336 ft / 1321 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    End Trailhead:6164 ft / 1878 m
    Time:2 Hours 6 Minutes

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