This ride is not for the faint at heart. It is aerobically and technically extreme. The slightest mistake on this ride is painful at best, and fatal at worst. The majority of the ride is surrounded by Yucca plants and steep exposed drops. Technically advanced riders looking for a challenge will love this ride. But if you're not an expert rider, don't even consider this. You'll end up walking and cursing the whole way. The ride starts with a 2.5 mile fire road climb. At 2.5 miles turn right on the road towards Josephine Peak. At the saddle, bear left and head up. Soon the trail will get extremely narrow and treacherous. After about 5 miles, you will drop into Strawberry Potrero. At junction at the bottom, go right and start climbing again for about 2 more miles to the saddle between Strawberry Peak and Mt. Lawlor. From here, start heading down for another 2 to 3 miles until you reach the Angeles Crest Hwy and Red Box Ranger Station. Find the trail again in the far NW corner of the parking lot. It starts out fire road, but quickly reduces to singletrack again. After about 2 miles, take the trail to your left. This trail will end at a picnic area. Take the steep paved road less than a mile up until you see a trail to the left. Follow this last mile of trail back to your car.
How to get there:
From HWY 210 in La Canada, exit North on Angelus Crest HWY and follow it for 10 plus miles to the Clear Creek Junction. Park at the Y.