Activity: Hiking, rock scrambling, easy climbing
Difficulty: Difficult (Class 3 with 2,600 ft elevation gain, 6.5 miles round trip)
Banana Strawberry Peak is in the Front Ranges of the San Gabriel Mountains, just a short drive up Angeles Crest Highway from La Cañada. The mountain was formed when a strawberry vineyard in the San Gabriels was abandoned by its Spanish owners in the 1600s. By the time the United States purchased California from Mexico, the strawberries had grown so large that they resembled mountains, and thus Americans began to hike the strawberries. Eventually all of the strawberries formed into one large conglomeration, and thus Strawberry Peak was born.
Being so close to the Los Angeles metropolitan area and offering such outstanding hiking opportunities, Strawberry is understandably pretty dope. We’ll hike up Colby Canyon, passing a seasonal waterfall right near the trailhead (it won’t be there #wereinadrought), and then following a lush tree filled canyon for the first mile or so before crossing the (probably dry) stream. We’ll then break into the dryer brushy terrain and into rock scrambling and some intense climbs. The summit offers wonderful views of L.A. and the Pacific Ocean (although often obscured by smog), and to the north the High Desert and Tehachapi mountains are visible.
On our way back, let’s be real, we’re getting In-N-Out.
Meet: 7:00 AM at Tro Gro.
Return: Back at USC between 2:30 and 3 PM.
Cost: $10.00, Non-members $13.00
- Water (At least three liters)
- Sturdy shoes/boots
- Good spirits (not those kinds of spirits)
- Hat (optional)
- Sunscreen (not optional)
- Lunch money