9.2 miles
Distance
503 ft
Climb
-502 ft
Descent
01:22:33
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Strawberry Narrows Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Strawberry Reservoir
    Heber City, Utah
  • Ref Number
    #804
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (2 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #44133 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Strawberry Narrows:
The Strawberry Narrows Trail is a 12-mile singletrack that skirts the southern edge of the narrow band of water joining Strawberry Reservoir to Soldier Creek Reservoir. It begins at the Aspen Grove Marina on the east end of Soldier Creek and ends at the Renegade Point marina at the southwest corner of Strawberry. Average altitude is 7500 feet.

The ride is done as an out-and-back or a point-to-point with shuttle vehicle. The whole trail as an out-and-back is 24 miles, but shorter rides are possible. You'll climb from the lake surface to 400 feet above (a couple of times), plus rolling up-and-down riding. I'd estimate the total vertical for the round trip at 2600.

The singletrack is narrow with encroaching berry bushes and baby aspen. I got scratched up a little. The trail is intermediate technical, nothing tricky. There's one half-mile section of steep side-slope.
A boat heads west in the narrows ahead of us as the trail rolls through the fir trees on the mountain side.

Few riders will want to do the entire trail. The western end is 4 miles of sage brush (and swamp, depending on the time of year). If you happen to be camped at the west end, fine, ride it. But if you're driving to Strawberry specifically to ride this trail, I suggest you start at the eastern (Soldier Creek) end and turn around at Poison Ridge for a 16 mile out-and-back with 2000 vertical.

The eastern 8 miles of the trail is absolutely beautiful. You'll roll up and down through aspen and fir forest, with frequent breakouts into small meadows overlooking the lake. The trail twists into side canyons and crosses a couple of small creeks.

There are a few very short grunt climbs, but most of the riding is gentle climbing and descending. Views are terrific.

The sun-exposed areas are thick with wildflowers. Even the sagebrush flats had plenty of lupine and sticky geranium. In areas of mixed aspen and fir, wild raspberry bushes and snowberry flank the trail.

The western end of the trail is seriously overgrown with sage and grass -- about as close to "not trail" as a trail can get -- but it should improve in later summer as more people use the trail. About two miles from the west end, the trail disappeared into water three times. In other areas, the trail was merely a linear "thin spot" in the brush, completely grown over by grass. Many eastbound riders will skip the official trailhead and drop in from Big Springs (see directions below).

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More Stats for Strawberry Narrows mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    0 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,600 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,812 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,616 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,618 ft
  • Grade max
    -63.2%
  • Grade min
    19.4%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    01:22:33
  • Avg reverse time
    02:00:25
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on Sep 6, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.4 (10 votes)
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      Strawberry Narrows Trail Reports

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      Sep 6, 2021 @ 11:53am
      Sep 6, 2021
      A great trail. Because of time we were only able to do half of it but it was beautiful. Started on the Aspen Grove side. Well worth the time.
      Sep 4, 2021 @ 3:24pm
      Sep 4, 2021
      A couple of trees down around the halfway mark were the only issues. Otherwise it’s in great shape!
      Jun 5, 2021 @ 12:00pm
      Jun 5, 2021
      Went on June 5, 2021 with a small crew and cleared 10/20 fallen trees. The remaining trees, that were too large to handle without a chainsaw, were...
      Sep 27, 2020 @ 12:40pm
      Sep 27, 2020
      Very dusty and loose with sand in places. Not crazy overgrown, but long socks and sleeves make for a better ride.
      Jul 25, 2020 @ 5:54pm
      Jul 25, 2020
      Great ride. I wore long socks and long sleeves. As good as it gets, views and forest riding. I did not have to walk anything. Most of the trail...
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      8 Reviews & Comments

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      cwg008 (Jul 17, 2017 at 19:24)
       Very picturesque trail. A bit overgrown so definitely wear leg protection so you don't get scratched. I would also rate this an Intermediate level trail.
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      • + 1
      dnuskin (Jul 18, 2017 at 12:19)
       Is there still a bunch of trees on the trail past the overlook with the big rock?
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      ungewissen (Jun 17, 2018 at 6:11)
       According to my riding companion in her first year riding off her road bike, this isn’t a green trail. It is super pretty, but there is enough exposure and short, loose pitches to climb/descend I would probably expect it to be green/blue.
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      danctil11 (Jul 16, 2018 at 21:40)
       Great trail ! Ridden July 16 2018. The Dollar ridge fire didn't touch the trail. Counted 5 smaller trees across it though out to Renegade point. Regardless, super fun ride and great scenery.
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      tuffguppy (Jul 5, 2020 at 8:54)
       I rode this in July 2019 and July 2020. It is obviously getting more use in 2020 and it is very dry and loose on the steep ups and downs. My arms got more scraped up than my legs from the bushes. It's really not too bad though out to poison ridge and back. There are no fallen trees on the trail.
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      • + 1
      NickBirch (Jul 18, 2020 at 15:27)
       I rode this trail on 7-18-2020, with search and rescue. Took my chainsaw and cut up the trees that were in the way, the trail is now clear.
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      • + 1
      steph-fuller (Jun 28, 2021 at 15:49)
       Thank you. There are more trees down. You really can't win. But I appreciate the effort. This is a lovely trail.
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      steph-fuller (Jun 28, 2021 at 15:53)
       Yes, there are some short/medium steep climbs, and yes, the sagebrush is over grown. but this trail is worth the effort, 8 miles or all 12, and back. There are snacks at the marina store at both ends. There is a trail parking lot at the west end, just past the marina, so you don't have to pay the day use fee, but it was nice to have a toilet and to use the fish-cleaning station to wash the sweat off before driving home. There are also a few camp sites about 1-2 miles in from either end of the narrows.
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