Strawberry Narrows Details
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).
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Strawberry Narrows mountain bike trail
Altitude change9 ft
Altitude min7,596 ft
Altitude max7,849 ft
Altitude start7,615 ft
Altitude end7,623 ft
Distance climb4 miles
Distance down4 miles
Distance flat3,570 ft
Avg reverse time00:02:09
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Strawberry Narrows Trail Reports
Sep 8, 2018 @ 6:54amSep 8, 2018
|Rode this over Labor day weekend, from Renagade to Aspen Grove and back. Trail was in excellent condition. As other have said, a few down trees...|
Jul 1, 2018 @ 3:24pmJul 1, 2018
|Cleared several of the smaller downed trees on the eastern 2/3rds of the trail, didn't have time to finish the job on the western 1/3rd. Left two...|
Jun 27, 2018 @ 8:53pmJun 27, 2018
|Dead fall still not cleared, getting very loose in exposed steep sections. I agree with Clarsch, not a beginner trail. Intermediate.|
Jun 17, 2018 @ 6:07amJun 17, 2018
|Five dismounts for fallen trees in the first 4 miles. Slightly overgrown as this trail always is, but the scenery is beautiful and trail in good...|
Oct 13, 2017 @ 12:01pmOct 13, 2017
|This is not a beginner trail. Challenging climbs, consequential drop offs. Beginners who tackle this face the potential to be quite...|