Diamond Fork - Strawberry Ridge

Provo, Utah

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Diamond Fork is off the beaten path and easily overlooked, but the word is out that this is the place if you’re a singletrack purist. Tucked in the Wasatch hinterlands, Diamond Fork’s rolling, forested hills obscure most views of the Wasatch Range. That is, unless you make the climb to Strawberry Ridge, from where the serrated Wasatch can be seen stretching over 60 miles from the Alpine Ridge (Little Cottonwood Canyon) to Mount Nebo. The four trails this loop ties together are sometimes forgiving, sometime technical, and always big fun. You’ll splash through creeks, dodge rocks, duck under trees, and test the performance of your tires’ traction and your brake’s grip. But wait, there’s more. Pack along a bathing suit because you’ll want to soak your weary legs in the natural hot springs in lower Fifth Water Creek near the trail’s end.
Mountain Biking Utah

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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Diamond Fork is off the beaten path and easily overlooked, but the word is out that this is the place if you’re a singletrack purist. Tucked in the Wasatch hinterlands, Diamond Fork’s rolling, forested hills obscure most views of the Wasatch Range.

That is, unless you make the climb to Strawberry Ridge, from where the serrated Wasatch can be seen stretching over 60 miles from the Alpine Ridge (Little Cottonwood Canyon) to Mount Nebo. The four trails this loop ties together are sometimes forgiving, sometime technical, and always big fun. You’ll splash through creeks, dodge rocks, duck under trees, and test the performance of your tires’ traction and your brake’s grip. But wait, there’s more. Pack along a bathing suit because you’ll want to soak your weary legs in the natural hot springs in lower Fifth Water Creek near the trail’s end.

©  Gregg Bromka/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Provo
Distance: 24
Elevation Gain: 3,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: May through October, prime hunting ground Sept.-Oct.
Trailhead Elevation: 5,520 feet
Top Elevation: 8,700 feet
Local Contacts: Uinta National Forest, Spanish Fork Ranger District, 801-798-3571
Local Maps: USGS: Rays Valley, Strawberry Reservoir NW, and Strawberry Reservoir SW
Driving Directions: Directions to Diamond Fork - Strawberry Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

6/4/2007
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Fun trail; lots of smooth singletrack punctuated by occassion technical sections. Entire grade is ridable except for occassional short sections requiring a push. Note we did not ride the entire loop since we had dogs along. Rode all of cottonwood creek section and 2nd water up to Strawberry Ridge (don't need to ride doubletrack for the last quarter mile as indicated in trailbook; singletrack is good all the way up to Rays Valley Road) and lower 5th water from Diamond Fork trailhead to the hot springs. These sections are extremely Fido-friendly with water essentially available all the way, and very few people on the trail (slighly busier on section to the hot springs, but still not bad at all [we rode on a Saturday]). It should be pointed out that the Diamond Fork trailhead has been altered significantly -- there is no parking within 1/2 mile of trailhead, and there are no services (restroom, bridge to cross creek, etc.). It appears that someone is trying to discourage use of the hot springs.


5/8/2000
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This trail is an all day adventure!! It's clear out in the middle of no mans land, but that's what makes it a great ride. The first half of the trek follows a crik that you'll go through about 3-4 times. It's a beautiful ride and won't kill you going up it. The next section is off of Ray's Valley Rd and is brutal!! There's cows all over the place, the trail seems like it's straight up hill, and you'll walk the majority of it. Once you're done with that you'll find yourself ontop of Strawberry Ridge on a rutted jeep rd. You'll follow the rd for 5.5 mi. Look for a fence that parallels the right side of the jeep rd. And look for a round cemented marker in the ground. You'll see the trail and it's all down hill from here. The trail is hardly used and you'll love it, if you can make it to it without getting lost first. Just remember that the downhill is worth all the uphill walking.



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Apr 2018