Northeast of Glendale, the Strawberry Peak Loop is a 17 mile mountain bike route through the rugged San Gabriel Mountains. The trail portion is a packed granular tread with plenty of switchbacks through Chapparel of scrub brush and occasional pine. There are plenty of great vistas.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Glendale, follow US210 to Exit 20. Head north on the Angeles Crest Highway (SR2) for roughly 30 miles. Park at the Clear Creek Vista trailhead just after the intersection with Angeles Forest Highway. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required.
The trailhead is at 3,500 feet and the summit of Strawberry Peak is 6,000 feet. There are numerous switchbacks along the way up that are not shown on the map.
The fire road climbs steadily for 2.5 miles to the saddle between Josephine and Strawberry Peak. From the saddle, instead of following the fire road left up Josephine Peak, go right on the road-turned-singletrack towards Strawberry Peak. A short distance later the trail will stop and you will have to go left or right. Go left (up) to Strawberry Peak singletrack (right goes down Colby Cyn). The singletrack goes up and down following the contours of the mountain with some very steep drop-offs to the left. The trail can get very narrow (6" wide), so be careful and don’t let your wheels stray too far to the edge of the trail and erode the edges. After about 5 miles, you drop into Strawberry Potrero. The trail sort of disappears for 100 feet or so, but don t panic, youll find it to the right of an old picnic table. At the bottom of the potrero, there is another trail junction. Go right (uphill of course). It bears up for about 2 miles to the saddle between Strawberry Peak and Mt. Lawlor. From here its almost all downhill singletrack with some awesome views and scary drop-offs. In another 2-3 miles, you reach the Hwy 2 and Red Box Ranger Station. Go to the far West corner of the parking lot (next to the highway and a picnic table) take the switchback down on to the trail again. The top part of this trail is old fire road but it quickly changes into singletrack again. After about 2 miles, there is a turnoff to the left (to the right returns to the highway and is seldom used). This part of the trail will finally end at Switzers picnic grounds after about 4 miles from Redbox. Follow the paved and steep road up about 1/2 mile until you see a sign for a trail off to the left. Follow this last mile of single track back up to Clear Creek Junction (or you can follow the paved road another 200 feet to Hwy 2, make a left on Hwy 2 and youll reach Clear Creek in less than a mile). The total mountain bike ride distance is somewhere around 17 miles.
Overall, Strawberry Peak Loop Trail is the 3rd most popular mountain bike trail of all 132 mountain biking rides in California.