Roll Me Away: Mountain Biking in Vermont

By Sarah Galbraith and Tristan von Duntz

Perhaps best known for its scenic road riding, Vermont is now fast becoming a mountain bike destination. Mountain bikers of all abilities appreciate the opportunities to go off-road with their bikes on trails covering the spectrum of il, it says ability levels. From smooth winding trails to classic technical New England riding, the Green Mountain State has a lot of riding to offer!

Pine Hill Park, Rutland, Vermont (www.pinehillpark.org)
This well-mapped trail network offers beginner to intermediate level terrain. Advanced riders will enjoy the smooth, fast, flowy single track here, too. Try the Svelte Tiger Trail, or defy gravity on Aaron’s Air.  After riding, check in to Killington's Summit Lodge and enjoy mountain views from the outdoor heated pool (www.summitlodgevermont.com).

Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vermont (www.trappfamily.com)
About twenty miles of riding at the Trapp Family Lodge makes this an ideal spot for an afternoon, with trails ranging from beginner to expert. Take a spin on the Luce Hill Loop and be rewarded with a fast, single track adventure.  Intermediate riders may connect to more riding in Stowe via the Pipeline Trail. After your ride, check out the DeliBakery for an scenic lunch or enjoy a fresh Austrian-style lager at the new Trapp Family Lodge Brewery.  Enjoy Austrian and Vermont inspired cuisine in the lodge's dining room and roll right into bed!

Sleepy Hollow Inn, Huntington, Vermont (www.skisleepyhollow.com)
The Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski and Bike Center specializes in intermediate and advanced single track. With over twelve miles of single track that connect to the Hinesburg Town Forest and Carse Lands, many miles of the trails are expertly constructed by the Fellowship of the Wheel, a member-based  mountain biking organization. Lodge at the Sleepy Hollow Inn and relax in the wood-fired sauna,and enjoy a full country breakfast.
 
Kingdom Trails, East Burke, Vermont (www.kingdomtrails.com)
This network is great for all ability levels. A family trying mountain biking for the first time will enjoy the network of graded loops; the intermediate to advanced rider will enjoy the many miles of cross-country style trails; and the thrill seeker will have a blast on the mountainside. The intermediate to advanced rider should ride Toady’s Tour, Sidewinder, and Kitchel Trails; everyone will enjoy Webbs Trail. Afterward, check out the Tamarack Bar and Grill (www.skiburke.com/tamarackgrill) at the East Burke Base Lodge

These trail networks only scratch the surface of what Vermont has to offer for mountain biking, but they’re a good place to start. Happy Trails!

Sarah Galbraith and Tristan von Duntz find their adventures in central Vermont. Read about their latest foray at www.greenmountainlines.blogspot.com.


Need more inspiration? Here are some events to plan a vacation around:

Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Waterbury, Vermont
July 2011
www.vermontmountainbikefestival.com

Check out vendors, demo the newest in bike technology, take guided rides, participate in a skills clinic, and enjoy good food. This is a great event for the whole family, or pack a car full of your best friends and your biking gear.

Girls Move Mountains Women’s Skills Clinics
At Riding Locations around the State
June 25th, August 6th, and August 20th
www.girlsmovemountains.org

These clinics are ideal for beginner to intermediate female riders ages 16 and up. Whether it’s your first time on a mountain bike or your fiftieth, you will come away feeling more confident riding on trails. These clinics support experiential education programming for middle school girls. Come by yourself or plan a girls’ weekend away!