Ascent of Strawberry Peak on 2014-12-06

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, December 6, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Strawberry Peak
    Elevation:6164 ft / 1878 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access notes: Red Box is located at the turn for Mt. Wilson Road right off Angeles Crest and provides ample parking early in the morning.

Climbing notes:
Both the lower part of old Forest Road 2N46 and the trail to Lawlor Saddle are in excellent shape. The trail traverses the south and western flanks of Mt. Lawlor, gaining only about 600 ft from start to the saddle. Thus most of gain to the summit of Strawberry comes at the end on the unmaintained use trail. The use trail goes over several bumps, creating some unpleasant ups and downs in both directions, but generally gains steeply to the tune of 1000 ft per mile. There are a few loose sections where careful placement of feet and minor aid with the hands is recommended. The views from the summit are expansive and on a clear day allow even for the Channel Islands to be identified far over the Pacific Ocean. The Los Angeles Basin and parts of the San Fernando Valley are also fully displayed. Most of the Western Angeles front country is visible in the other directions, including the Mt. Wilson group and, as far away as San Antonio (Baldy) and San Jacinto to the east. This peak truly has some of the best views in the entire range.

Thus, it should have come as no surprise that the peak is popular, as large numbers of people were encountered on the descent. Parties trying to pass each other in opposite directions would probably create bottlenecks at some of the narrower and steeper spots. Peak is best done with an early start to beat the crowds or on a weekday. I continued up the west ridge of Lawlor after regaining the saddle.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1754 ft / 534 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1168 ft / 355 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1654 ft / 504 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1504 ft / 458 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.7 km
    Route:Forest Road 2N46/Lawlor Saddle
    Start Trailhead:Red Box Parking Area  4660 ft / 1420 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1018 ft / 310 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 918 ft / 280 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:East Ridge XC
    End Trailhead:Lawlor Saddle  5246 ft / 1598 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Angeles Crest West 12-14

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Strawberry Peak2014-12-061754 ft / 535 m
2Mount Lawlor2014-12-06731 ft / 223 m
3Barley Flats2014-12-06423 ft / 129 m
Total Trip Gain: 2908 ft / 887 m    Total Trip Loss: 2907 ft / 886 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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