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Link up the two sides of the Strawberry area now that Phased N Confused has been built!


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Map Key

11.8

Miles

19.1

KM

95%

Singletrack

9,185' 2,800 m

High

8,357' 2,547 m

Low

1,766' 538 m

Up

1,782' 543 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

In summer of 2021, a few key trails were (re)built in this area. Phased and Confused is brand-new; all of Bottom of the Bowl was reconstructed, and large sections of Salad Bowl were touched up. This route connects together the best bits.

The start (Brush Pile and Phased and Confused) are much less technical than the back side. The back side (Bottom of the Bowl and Salad Bowl) have challenging-but-doable technical climbing and many alternate features on the descents (constructed jumps, drops, rock rolls etc).

Overall, it's much more challenging than other routes in Fraser and Winter Park. But very rewarding! Especially the top of Salad Bowl -- that takes you into aspen and juniper groves that feel like high alpine.

Description

Park at the first parking area on your left as you enter BLM land. This is right near the exit from Phase 0.25, which you'll descend at the end of the ride. From there, ride up the road to the second parking area and take a right.

Go through the gate and maybe another 250 yards and you'll see the start of Brush Pile on your left. The first 100 yards of this is very strenuous climbing but then it gets turns into a much mellower singletrack climb. If you don't want to climb the singletrack, you can continue on the road -- it'll take you to the top of Phased and Confused as well.

At the top of Brush Pile, take a left and descend Phased and Confused. This descent is flowy and fast and has virtually no technical obstacles -- but does have a number of fun rollers that you can pretend are a pump track. This recommended route has you take a left where the two forks of Phased and Confused split up. That'll drop you to the third parking area. Take a right on the road at the parking area and continue 100 yards to a right hand turn on Bottom of the Bowl. Take a left where bottom of the bowl intersects the other fork of Phased and Confused. This is the start of much more strenuous climbing. It's hard but doable -- stick with it.

In a bit, you'll come to a very cool feature -- the route goes over a skinny (optional) and through a mini cave. Enjoy the views over the Fraser Valley -- you can see all the way to the WP ski area. Stay left as you climb to top of Salad Bowl. Once you hit Salad Bowl, the climbing gets a little easier. At the top, you'll be on original hand-built trail. Different character than the rest, and winds through aspen and juniper groves.

On the descent, keep an eye out for the many optional features that Skinny Traffic Trails built for us to enjoy! Three-quarters of the way down Bottom of the Bowl, hang a left to the fork of Phased and Confused that you haven't ridden yet. Ride that up to the top of the Phases area and descend New Quarter. This is a fast and fun descent.

Be careful because the trail is quite narrow and somewhat rutted from runoff in a few places. You'll drop right back to your car.

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Shared By:

Alexander Vogenthaler

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Photos

6yr old Koen on Phase .25
Oct 22, 2017 near Fraser, CO
Flatter singletrack near the middle
Oct 22, 2017 near Fraser, CO
One of a kind feature here!
Aug 16, 2021 near Fraser, CO
Fraser Valley
May 25, 2018 near Fraser, CO
fraser valley
Dec 4, 2017 near Fraser, CO
A good preview of Phased and Confused from top to bottom.
Jul 6, 2023 near Fraser, CO

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Aug 4, 2023
Tom Moritz
Rode the whole Strawberry Salad route for the first time. Next time I will do some warm up before hitting the intitial climb. 11.9mi — 3h 13m
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