Strawberry Peak was one of my all-time favorite trails in the San Gabriels – it had everything: a beautiful early trail, a crazy-challenging peak ascent that always scared the crap out of me, and a gentle return loop trail through gorgeous meadows and tall pine trees.

Strawberry Peak Take 2 037

Unfortunately, 2009’s Station Fire wreaked havoc on the area, and the Strawberry Peak trails have been closed ever since (although that hasn’t stopped people from trying them anyway, then needing rescue team assistance). However, groups of dedicated volunteers have been hard at work trying to repair the area, and this Saturday you can get your hands dirty and help them speed up the recovery process.

The Sierra Club’s San Gabriels Trail Crew is holding their seventh trail restoration event all day on Saturday, February 9th. They’ll give you the tools and instructions needed to help restore the trail and repair damage caused by erosion. All you need is a willingness to work, boots, long-sleeved pants and a long-sleeved shirt (all mandatory). You should also bring a daypack with lunch and plenty of water, as you’ll be doing about 5 miles of hiking with your trail-work, too.

To RSVP, additional details, and the exact location of the meeting, contact event leaders DON BREMNER ( or MISHA ASKREN (

You don’t have to be a Sierra Club member to chip in, although everyone will have to sign a liability waiver.

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Casey Schreiner

Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Modern Hiker
Since founding Modern Hiker in 2006, Casey's writing has appeared in Backpacker, Adventure Journal, the REI Blog, and Sierra Trading Post's Social Hub.

He has also been featured on Good Morning America, NPR, and the Associated Press, as well as in documentaries for Columbia Sportswear and the OTIS College of Art and Design.

Casey was one of eight people chosen by the National Parks Foundation to participate in the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition. His first book "Day Hiking Los Angeles," will be published by Mountaineers Books in 2016.

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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on February 5, 2013


  • Sedona Hiking Guide says:

    So sad to know about it,well I hope it would turn good this time.Haven’t been there bui I heard so many god wright ups about that place.

  • adrian says:

    Has anyone heard back from the coordinators yet? I emailed them yesterday and haven’t heard anything. Is this volunteer opportunity still on? I would love to help out. also how do you get there?

  • geekhiker says:

    I too wish I could come, but the six hour drive is a bit much. I actually went back into my archives and found my write-up from the hike from 2008, and got a little wistful thinking about how the trail used to be… *sigh*

  • Samuel Savard says:

    Good luck to you all for the restoration, what you guys are doing is amazing selfless work that will benefit not only the trail, but nature in general, and thousands of hiking enthusisast in the future! I wish I could come but I’m stranded in Canada, so I’m with you in spirit! Cheers!

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