Mad River Riders Trail Rules
- Always ride, ski, run and walk in control. Bikers yield to all pedestrian users. Skiers yield to hikers and snowshoers. Climbing traffic has the right of way. Please stop in a safe visible spot off the trail.
- Stay off trails when the ground is soft, especially in winter and spring. Avoid leaving deep footprints and ruts. Help with maintenance. Build or change only with permission and planning with the Riders' trail crew.
- Respect landowners, neighbors, and other visitors. Trail use is dependent on positive landowner relationships and respectfully sharing.
- Park in legal areas. Parking at Lareau Farm-American Flatbread is prohibited on Fridays and Saturdays from 4PM - 9PM. Please no personal alcohol consumption at Lareau Farm.
- Due to livestock, food production, user safety and water/habitat quality concerns, please keep pets leashed under control at all times and clean up after them. Dogs are not allowed on Marble Hill Farm trails. If challenges arise, our landowners' reserve the right to further disallow pet access.
- Leave no trace. Pack it in, pack it out. No camping or fires, unless otherwise permitted by the landowner. GMNF has free primitive camping.
- Remember to share gracefully, smile widely and appreciate often.
Blueberry Lake & Green Mountain National Forest Trails- current trail conditions on Trailforks
Access & Parking: Blueberry Lake is on Plunkton Rd. Park in any of the access or pull-off areas. Trailheads are on the opposite side of Plunkton Road from the lake. The Blueberry Lake trails were designated in 2013 as an IMBA Model Trail-Gateway network, great for beginners. The Blueberry Lake trails, part of the Green Mountain National Forest, feature gentle grades, sweeping turns and flowy lines. Start slowly and learn the routes, before increasing speed. Be aware of guide stones near the edges of the trail. These help guide users to stay on the trail, which reduces impacts and maintenance. These trails are very popular for gentle hiking and fun trail running too. Many thanks to the US Forest Service for their permission and support of these trails.
Tootsie Roll : Beginner - Tech: 1 Flow: 5
Tootsie Roll is to the north of Lenord’s Loop, and the easiest and shortest loop at Blueberry Lake. Tootsie Roll is fun for all abilities and features wide views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
Lenord's Loop : Beginner/Intermediate - Tech: 1 Flow: 5
Start at the main trailhead on the north side of the earthen dam on Plunkton Rd. Follow the trail to the signed intersection, then down to a bridge over the stream. After crossing, climb briefly until reaching an intersection. Go right for an easier climb, left for a moderately tougher ascent. These routes reconnect at a main intersection with the Flying Squirrel loop. Lenord’s Loop is named for Lenord Robinson, the original designer of Blueberry Lake and the owner of Blueberry Lake Ski Touring Center.
Flying Squirrel: Beginner/Intermediate - Tech:1 Flow: 5
To access Flying Squirrel, start with Lenord’s Loop or enter at the Gravel Grind trail, a short steep climb. As the climb levels out, there is an intersection with the Flying Squirrel loop. Go right to meet the Lenord’s Loop/ Flying Squirrel intersection, about .25 of mile further on the trail. Go left to ride the other direction on Flying Squirrel.
Suki’s Alley: Intermediate/ Advanced - Tech: 2 Flow: 5
Suki’s starts just above the double stream crossing on Tootsie Roll. Expect progressively more difficult features, with berms, rollers, rocks, wood bridges and optional lines. Suki’s finishes near the main bridge at the bottom of Lenord’s Loop. Due to steeper slopes and the flow of the trail, Suki’s is open as a downhill only. True to MRV form, this downhill has some climbing too.
Amenta's Way: Intermediate - Tech: 2 Flow: 5
A sweet loop off upper Lenord's Loop, w/lots of air-portunities, berms, rocky features & scenic views of the Green Mountains.
Camel’s Hump State Forest – Howe Block/ Tucker Hill/ Dana Hill Trails - current trail conditions on Trailforks
Access & Parking: Lareau Swim Access parking on east side of Rt 100 (use trail underpass to get to Revolution trailhead). Lareau Farm - American Flatbread parking, except Fridays&Saturdays 4 PM–9 PM. No open containers in Lareau Farm parking lot. All dogs leashed and fully cleaned up after at Lareau Farm, due to livestock, guest safety, food production, river runoff and sanitation issues. Tucker Hill Rd-CHSF parking lot. Waitsfield Village. Dana Hill Rd not recommended for driving (very steep w/waterbars, privately maintained.)
Revolution: Intermediate - Tech: 2 Flow: 5
Look for the wooden fork and bike wheel sign behind American Flatbread. Enter a wide trail, traverse and climb for about half a mile. On right, follow trail through a series of switchbacks (a few advanced moves required), across a long bridge to the high point of the trail. Cross Dana Hill Rd here to access the bottom of Evolution. From the bottom of Cyclone, cross Dana Hill Rd to enter Revolution.
Evolution: Intermediate - Tech: 2 Flow: 5
Evolution extends Revolution's flow close to the top of Dana Hill on an uphill/downhill- friendly route. The top end crosses Cyclone and goes out the Dana Hill Rd, just below Clinic.
Enchanted Forest : Intermediate - Tech: 3 Flow: 5
The EF is a relatively low angle route, with a mix of bumpy armored rock sections, flowy rollers and little tech obstacles. Stay straight under the sap lines at large intersection. Watch for low saplines in this area.
Cyclone Connector : Intermediate - Tech: 3 Flow: 5
CC starts at a big intersection just below the top of the EF. Watch the two stream crossings. The Cyclone trailhead just in the woods from the Dana Hill Rd intersection.
Cyclone : Expert+ ** - Tech: 5 Flow: 3
The Cyclone’s twisty turns are riddled with roots, rock faces, log rolls, burst climbs, bridges and berms. Cyclone ends on Dana Hill Rd, continue across the road to Revolution. Use Dana Hill Rd to return to upper trails or drop to Waitsfield.
Clinic : Expert+ ** - Tech: 5 Flow: 3
This Valley classic is a true clinic of skills. Be careful to go right on Busternut soon after the double stream crossing to return to Dana Hill Rd. Stay on state land here, marked with orange blazes.
Clinic Connector: Advanced- Tech: 2 Flow: 5
This up-down friendly route connects from the top of Evolution into Clinic, just below the first steep rock bands. One of the best routes to the top of Dana Hill Rd from Lareau Farm is up Revolution and Evolution, down Clinic Connector and Clinic, and finally up GS.
GS : Advanced/Expert- Tech: 3 Flow: 5
GS is the preferred climb from Clinic and Busternut. Expect fast gate-inspired flow on the down, with fun rocks, ripping round turns and sweet old stone walls.
Busternut : Advanced/Expert - Tech: 4 Flow: 3
Generally used as a climb from Clinic or GS, this tough uphill tops out on Dana Hill Rd. After big stream crossing on Clinic, stay right and traverse, then left at the GS intersection. At Dana Hill Rd, go right to EF and other CHSF trails. From Dana Hill Rd. stay left at the intersection near the top of the road and look on the downhill side for the entrance before a big stone wall.
Maple Twist : Advanced/Expert - Tech: 4 Flow: 3
Maple Twist is a turn-filled spinner on the down and a challenging climb too. The bottom is at the top of Tucker Hill Rd. The top intersection is at the Ridgie/Techie intersection.
Misty Maple : Advanced/Expert - Tech: 4 Flow: 3
Straighter, smoother and steeper than its sibling, Misty is the western side of this loop.
Chase Brook Town Forest - Marble Hill Farm Trails - current trail conditions on Trailforks
Access & Parking: Park at McCollough Barn on German Flats Rd or in Waitsfield. Obvious trailhead signage across from Fayston School. Look for new bridge, ramps and access trail climbing up the bank. Dogs are not allowed on Marble Hill Farm trails, as they pass close to livestock areas.
Sugar Run : Intermediate - Tech: 3 Flow: 4
Turn into Sugar Run off German Flats Rd. and go straight up the hill. Look on the left for the entrance to Sugar Run/ Catamount trails. This route connects directly to the top of Marble Hill Rd, off RT 17. Expect stream crossings and moderate technical riding on a wide trail.
Catamount Trail : Intermediate/Advanced - Tech: 4 Flow: 4
This is one of the most fun trails in the network for good reason. It climbs and descends well, mixing classic features and friendly flow. From top, go left onto CT after cresting the high point of the Sugar Run trail. Stay left to end on German Flats Rd. From the bottom, there is an obvious trailhead and bridge on German Flats Rd, just below the Fayston School.
Techie: Advanced/Expert - Tech: 5 Flow: 3
Techie is the connector from Marble Hill/Sugar Run to Tucker Hill and Eurich Pond areas. The top is at the Maples intersections and the bottom is directly across from the top of Catamount. From the top of Ridgie to Techie to Catamount down to German Flats Rd is one of the best extended descents in the network, and ridden in the opposite direction, one of the toughest climbs too.
Eurich Pond and Sugarbush Pond Trails - current trail conditions on Trailforks
Access & Parking: Park at Sugarbush Resort at the top of the Access Rd. or the lower parking lot across from the Sugarbush Inn.
Eurich Pond Trail : Advanced - Tech: 3 Flow: 3
Follow Eurich Pond Rd. through the South Face condos. The signed trailhead is on the right. Next to a wet area is a rocky step-up entrance to the drier option, which parallels an old stone wall, before rejoining the wider route near Eurich Pond. This is a beautiful spot and primary access to several trails. Please be extra respectful here.
Purgatory/Powerline : Expert - Tech: 4 Flow: 2
After Eurich Pond, stay straight, passing a right (Plum Line), then a left (Private-No Access). Take next left on Purgatory, wind uphill, parallel to Hell Hill. Go left to connect to the Powerline trail or right for Purgatory, which reconnects to Hell Hill for the last few pitches. Powerline is relatively mellow, but can be wet.
Geyer’s : Expert - Tech: 4 Flow: 3
This is best used as a downhill, especially first time. The top entrance is just south of the big Powerline junction at the bottom of Race and exits at the bottom below Eurich Pond.
Hell Hill: Expert ** - Tech: 4 Flow: 3
An old farm route/ ski trail leaving straight from Eurich Pond, its four main steps require technical moves and lots of lung. At the top, traverse west under sap lines, soon reaching the intersection of Race and Pusherman.
Race : Expert ** - Tech: 4 Flow: 3
Race is the left intersection at the top of Hell Hill. Stay left at the next intersection with Ridgie and Bitches Brew, then there are alternate lines on Race. Exits onto Powerline near the top of Guyer’s.
Ridgie : Advanced/Expert - Tech: 3 Flow: 4
After start of Race, go hard right at first intersection on to Ridgie, which winds along the ridge. There are alternate lines here, generally stay right to ride the entire trail. Pass under the power line and stay right at the next intersection to connect to Maple Twist, Misty Maple and the top of Tucker Hill Rd.
Bitches Brew : Expert+ ** - Tech: 5 Flow: 3
At the first intersection after the start of Race, take the middle route on to Bitches Brew. This trail has challenging rocks and tough bridges. It parallels Race and reconnects with it near the bottom.
Plum Line: Expert ** - Tech: 3 Flow: 3
Take first right after Eurich Pond. After first long descent, stay left, then a quick right across a wider trail intersection. (Uphill left is High Plum.) After a long section next to stone walls, stay left, climb a short hill, and then round the main shoulder to a long traverse under a main ridgeline, heading north. Turning southeast, it descends for an extended stretch, with stream crossings, alternate lines, jumps and drops. Exit at Sugarbush Pond on Route 100.
Pusherman: Expert+ ** - Tech: 4 Flow: 3
From the top of Hell Hill, stay straight on main trail, which will loop back right and soon under several very low sap lines; walk here, leave the lines alone and try to stay as dry as possible. Soon, the sap lines will end and the trail will start climbing steeply up a rocky ridge. From the top, a fun descent drops into the intersection of High Plum at a rock shoulder.
High Plum: Expert+ ** - Tech: 5 Flow: 3
Stay right at bottom of Pusherman. This trail has sidehill exposure, with wood and stone bridges, scope challenges before use. It contours generally downhill and then finishes fast on a wider trail. At an obvious off-set intersection, right goes up to Eurich Pond. Left is down Plum Line, near the longest rock wall section.
Phen Basin – Camel’s Hump State Forest Trails - current trail conditions on Trailforks
Access & Parking: There are no official parking areas close to these trails, although you can legally park on the sides of dirt roads, please be respectful.
East Loop: Advanced/Expert ** Tech: 3 Flow: 3
At the end of Stagecoach Rd, enter Phen Basin on Bassett Hill trail, keeping a close eye for a sharp right on to the East Loop. Crosses Bassett Hill into Chain Gang.
Chain Gang: Expert+ ** Tech: 5 Flow: 3
From the Bassett Hill-East Loop intersection, cross Bassett Hill and enter Chain Gang. Expect tough fun trail, with lots of rock. We've been pouring energy into Chain Gang lately and it has several new rock sections. Exit on Phen Rd. With recent reroutes, expert climbing from Phen Rd to Stagecoach Rd is becoming more possible.
Bassett Hill: Advanced/Expert - Tech: 3 Flow: 3
Bassett Hill is used as access to East Loop and Chain Gang or as a connector to North Fayston.
Old Center Fayston Trails - current trail conditions on Trailforks
Access & Parking: Park at Bridge Street Marketplace or the Pines Rest Area on Tremblay Rd. Old Center Fayston Rd is near the northern end of Old County Rd.
Old Center Fayston/Gumball: Advanced/Expert - Tech: 3 Flow: 4
Climb past the houses on Old Center Fayston Rd. Trailhead is on right, down an embankment into the woods. The first part can be quite wet. After the initial wider section, it narrows and climbs steeply for a short bit then mellows into a long steady ascent, adjacent to Old Center Fayston Rd. Much of the route is flowy, but there are some old-school tech features too.
Old Center Fayston Rd: Expert - Tech: 4 Flow: 2
The bottom part of the road has been upgraded significantly as a driveway and is a steep quick climb, if you are looking for a fast loop with some sweet downhill singletrack. About half-way up, the driveway turns left, while OCF Rd. continues straight. Gumball is accessible at this junction, next to OCF Rd. The Old Center Fayston/Gumball trails also cross OCF Rd higher up. The middle section of Old Center Fayston Rd is not recommended.
Rocky Road: Advanced/Expert - Tech: 4 Flow: 3
Rocky Road connects Kew-Vasseur Rd to Stagecoach Rd, helping link the Old Center Fayston network to Phen Basin. This is not a vehicle road, but is shared with horses and aptly named. This trail has some of the best views in the entire Mad River Riders network. The scenes from the fields at the top are mind-blowing on a nice day.
Other Riding & Area Trails
Sugarbush Resort: Lift-served downhill trails, terrain park, dirt jumps, and wooden features. Free pedal-access trail riding. Check out the monster enduro rides from the top of Super bravo down to the Valley floor. Sugarbush + MRR =~3000 vertical feet.
Mad River Path: There are a few shorter sections of the Mad River Path throughout the Valley.