It’s pretty well known that the Burlington, Vermont area is a great ski & snowboard destination. What many don’t realize is that the Vermont biking scene is fully loaded with trails to check out! Vermont has an abundance of perfect biking terrain for every level of rider no matter their biking preference. Less adventurous bicyclists can take leisurely rides along some of the well maintained & scenic bike paths with amazing views of Mt. Mansfield, the Green Mountains, Lake Champlain & the Adirondacks. Road bikes have unlimited miles of winding country lanes and scenic mountain highways. Adrenaline junkies can charge down technical lift served downhill tracks. Burlington, Vermont is truly a first class biking destination.
Alpine Shop’s staff rides the greeen mountains often on various Norco and Felt bikes. I asked our more avid bikers to name a few of their favorite spots. For some, it was like trying to get them to give up their favorite powder stash. This is what I could get out of them, some of Alpine Shop’s 'Top 5' places to bike in the Burlington, VT area (In no particular order):
1. The Burlington Bike Path / Champlain Causeway - 8 miles of paved path wind through the major parks & along the waterfront. The path also connects both commercial and residential areas. The scenery along the waterfront of Lake Champlain of the Adirondack Mountains is spectacular. (http://enjoyburlington.com/venue/burlington-bike-path/)
2. Waterbury Area Trail Alliance/ Perry Hill - 7.8 miles of singletrack with 1600’ of vertical drop. Get the blood pumping on the climb up & adrenaline pumping ripping down. Perry Hill is best suited for advanced riders looking to push their limits. (http://www.waterburytrails.com/#!trails/cquc)
3. Stowe Rec. Path / Town Trails / Cady Hill / Von Trapp & Adams Camp - 5.3 miles of paved trails wind along the West Branch of Little River interconnecting single track in the hills surrounding the town of Stowe. Bikers enjoy mountain views (Mount Mansfield & Smugglers’ Notch), access to world class mountain biking and all of Stowe’s downtown attractions like restaurants, lodges & shops all within easy bike access. (http://www.stowerec.org/paths/item/51-rec-path)
4. Sugarbush Resort Downhill Biking – Thrill seekers enjoy 18 miles of lift served heart pumping downhill trails off Lincoln Peak. An added bonus is the disc golf course and bike terrain park included with the ‘Lift Ticket'. (http://www.sugarbush.com/activities/downhill-biking/)
5. Hinesburg Town Forest / Carse Hill – The Town of Hinesburg has an immense network of mixed use trails. Many miles in the 837 acre “Old Town Forrest” located just outside the town center, offer seclusion and terrain for every comfort level. Carse Hill offers 10 miles of singletrack winding through old growth forest, beautiful meadows and spectacular views from a ridgeline trail. Technical and flowy, you can ride for hours here and not see a soul!(http://www.hinesburg.org/documents/hart_trailinfo_townforest.pdf)
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Local’s favorite stashes are not often given up easily but provided the right persuasion (Heady Topper) it’s amazing what you can find out. Next time you're in the area, stop by Alpine Shop in South Burlington, VT make some friends with a local and see if you can find your own new favorite trail. #RideToday