The Strawberry Fields Forever XP
Ride date changed to August 14-15-16, 2020
THIS WILL NOT BE AN AERC RIDE
THIS WILL BE A WDRA RIDE
As long as the state of Utah remains under Code Yellow we will continue with the ride plans. We will camp in the same place on Co-Op Creek. You must be a WDRA member to enter and participate. This is our insurance requirement. The ride is not open to the general public. The distance of the 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. The ride will be a limited entry event and will require a commitment and payment in advance. The entry fee will be non refundable after August 2nd. During these troubled times and with limited entries we must know exactly what we have before we undertake the expense of putting on the ride. If you are interested in coming you should send in an entry and we will send an entry reply sometime before the event with all the information on how to proceed. We strongly recommend you obtain trip interruption insurance if you have any doubts about having to cancel at the last minute. We won’t know what the final conditions and price will be until we get closer to the ride.
The ride date has been moved for 2020 only
August 14-15-16, 2020
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.
2020 is the 18th year for Strawberry Fields and once again, it will be a 3-DAY Pioneer Ride. There will be 15 through 55 mileage point rides.
Dave and Ann Nicholson are helping Howard continue this great ride. We have moved the date to allow the Big Horn an opportunity to ride under the full moon on the first weekend in August.
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 but there is a lot of snow that will have to melt to be able to do that. 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 has decided to cook meals for the riders who are interested. You will need to reserve meals 24 hours in advance. Complimentary sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be provided for riders each day at the control check point.
For more information contact Ride Manager:
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