|Looking North into Colby Canyon from the Trailhead|
Both Colby and Daisy Canyons are cool, shaded, and gurgle-y. When I made my visit, the water was still flowing in the canyon bottoms which was a pleasant alternative to the dusty rock beds that have passed for streams during these past 4 years of drought. These two little canyons were so pleasant that I could have easily spent a few hours just hanging out in them and enjoying their cool embrace.
|Colby Canyon Falls|
|Lower Colby Canyon|
|Looking South Down Colby Canyon|
|Typical Conditions Along Upper Colby Canyon Trail|
|Strawberry Peak's Massive South Face|
|View West Down Lucas Creek into Upper Big Tujunga Canyon|
|San Gabriel Peak (L) and Mt. Disappointment (R)|
|City of Angels and Beyond|
You can also gain access to Strawberry Peak's west ridge route at the saddle. The faint use trail branches off of 12W23.1 a very short distance from the saddle. For a description of that route, see Keith Winston's report titled "Strawberry Peak West Ridge."
For a shorter hike, one can head west along 12W23.1 to the Josephine Peak fire road and then descend to Clear Creek. This option can be extended by continuing out to Josephine Peak before dropping down the fire road to the ACH.
And of course, you can always simply turn around a drop back down into verdant Colby Canyon.