The Strawberry Fields Forever XP
Ride date changed to July 15-16-17, 2021
We have notified the AERC office that we are willing to host and AERC event but have not heard back from them. Anyone planning on the AERC event needs to do so with full recognition this will be an extremely difficult ride to complete under AERC rules as we will no longer be making an time or distance allowance for the difficulty of terrain as previous ride managers have or as we do with the WDRA events. The Strawberry Ride will take place regardless of AERC sanctioning. However, we must have sufficient confirmed entries for the AERC event by July 4th or we will not be able to hold the AERC sanctioned ride. You can confirm an entry by entering online and making payment through Paypal for the AERC event. There is no need to make a pre payment for the WDRA event. We will announce on both this page as well as our XP Facebook page the status of the AERC event. For us to conduct an AERC event we have many additional costs as well as a lot more work marking and clearing trails.
We will camp in the same place on Co-Op Creek. The ride is not open to the general public. The distance of the WDRA rides will be adjusted for time. There will be distances with mileage points ranging from 15 to 55 points. Social distancing and current CDC and state guidelines will be followed. WDRA membership is not required to participate in the event but will be required for WDRA placings and awards. The 2020 WDRA annual award jackets will be available at the ride.
The ride date has been moved for 2021 only
The Strawberry Fields Endurance Ride is one of the most beautiful rides in the Mountain Region. Located in the Uintah Mountains, 55 miles SE of Salt Lake City and just 20 miles east of Heber, just north of Strawberry Reservoir, this is a ride to enjoy in a friendly, relaxed environment. The terrain is challenging, but not difficult, with trails winding through aspens and meadows filled with wildflowers and spectacular mountain scenery.
2021 is the 19th year for Strawberry Fields and once again, it will be a 3-DAY Pioneer Ride. There will be 15 through 55 mileage point rides for WDRA. There will be true statute mile 25 thru 55 mile rides for AERC, providing we receive sanctioning approval and have sufficient entries
Dave and Ann Nicholson are helping Howard continue this great ride and will be doing our Lonesome Duck Ride on the same trails that weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone again this summer. We hope everyone will spread the word about the beautiful scenery… the area is blessed with some of the most pristine, gorgeous riding terrain imaginable. At this time of year, with the spring run‑off, numerous creeks are flowing, and the wild flowers and Aspen are blooming everywhere. It is a perfect time of year to enjoy a memorable Uinta Mountain riding experience.
We are looking forward to taking our riders back up to the Red Cliffs and on the spectacular high mountain trails again as there should be no snow problem this late in the year. Come early, stay late and savor the pure mountain atmosphere. Sightings of deer, elk, moose and beaver are not uncommon, and look for bald eagles and hawks soaring above. The scenic value of this ride is what makes it truly unique and special, and if taken at a moderate pace, this is a ride to cherish and remember forever.
DIRECTIONS: Base camp is about 55 miles south east of Salt Lake City, Utah, with easy access. From Heber City, take Hwy 40 eastbound for approximately 25 miles. You will go over Daniel’s Pass and the Daniels Summit Lodge. Base camp was moved to Co-op Creek last year and will be there again in 2016. 7.6 miles east of Daniels Summit Lodge you will see the sign for the Co-Op Creek Road. The turn off is between milepost 41 and 42. Turn left and continue on the good gravel road for approximately 2 miles then turn left on Forest Road 451 to Base Camp. You can use these directions as an address for health certificates.
If you are coming from the east, the turn off is about about 5 miles west of Fruitland on Hwy 40. Turn right at CO‑Op Creek.
TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Our trails are mostly single track through woodland and open meadows, and some gravel roads. There are plenty of creeks and ponds, and an abundance of green grass for horses to snack on. Although it is high altitude, and there is significant elevation change, the trails are not difficult and the footing is generally very good. This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to be introduced to the sport of Endurance Riding in a friendly, relaxed, environment and there will be people around who would be pleased to show you the ropes and get you started.
We plan for the 55 and 50 milers to start at 7am and the 25 milers at 7.30am, but weather and trail conditions could dictate a last minute change in plans. Daytime temperatures usually range from 70 to 80 degrees, and you can expect the occasional thunder shower so come prepared. The nights can get chilly so warm jackets and horse blankets are advised. Annie is unable to cook for the riders but there is a possibility of having catered meal supplied, once again with sufficient requests. We will not be providing the lunches until the Covid Pandemic is fully under control
For more information contact Ride Manager:
One Day $120.00 check or $125.00 Paypal
Two Days $230.00 check or $240.00 Paypal
Three Days $ 320 check or $333.00 Paypal
AERC riders add $10.00 per day.
Cell and internet service is poor at the ride site. Emails and text work best but don’t be frustrated by no response as we may have to travel some distance from camp to make contact.
Ann Nicholson, 907-209-8881
Dave Nicholson, 907 419 0924
P.O. Box 422, Klawock, AK 99925