Ascent of Strawberry Peak on 2015-11-27

Climber: Larry Pitman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, November 27, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Strawberry Peak
    Elevation:6164 ft / 1878 m

Ascent Trip Report

The day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27, 2015, I left the Red Box Gap ranger station, elevation 4640, at 11:00am. The temperature was in the forties, 45 to 48 degrees. Wind was lite, out of the northwest. It was partly cloudy, but Mt. San Antonia to the east was socked in and snowing all day.
The Strawberry Peak trail starts off in an easterly direction, following the road on an easy trek through the high chapparal filled with snow covered yucca plants. Then turns northwest traveling under Mt. Lawlor to the saddle between Strawberry and Lawlor. Two point tree miles and one hour later into the hike the work begins.
Taking the use trail north, the ridge is a series of mini peaks and valleys up. One false peak after another spills you out on top, for me about an hour and a half, one thousand feet and 1.6 miles later. Strawberry Peak sits at 6164 feet. On this Black Friday at 1:30pm the temperature was 34 to 36 degrees, wind 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest and the sky was threatening. But looking west through the partly cloudy skies was awesome. I could see the downtown skyscrapers, the Long Beach peninsula, and all the way to Catalina Island.
The return trip was uneventful. Arriving back at the ranger station at 4:00pm. Making my Black Friday Summit a 7.2 mile adventure, with 1,520 feet of elevation gain across an occasional snow covered trail.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1524 ft / 464 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1524 ft / 464 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Strawberry Peak Trail
    Trailhead:Red Box Gap Ranger Station  4640 ft / 1414 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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