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Vermont trail recommendations

Discussion in 'Northeast' started by mtncycle, Aug 15, 2017.

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  1. mtncycle

    mtncycle Chimp

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    The wife and I will be staying in Middlesex, VT in mid-September. Found the Montpelier (MAMBA) site and looks like there are some trails close by. Also checked out VMBA's site and it looks like there is a bunch of riding in Stowe. Looking for trail recommendations from people familiar with the area. Wife can ride, but doesn't enjoy super tech, so flow trails sound fun for both of us. Is is worth driving an hour+ to Kingdom trails? Also, seems you have to buy a day pass to ride a lot of the Stowe trails, as well KT? Just seems weird paying to ride XC, I'm only used to paying to ride if there's a lift involved. But if the trails are worth it, that's fine, we're on vacation. Not looking to put in a ton of miles each day, probably 15 or so in the morning, then hit some breweries in the afternoon/evening. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
     

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    Perry Hill in Stowe - only place that is pay for play is Trapp...
    Millstone in Barre
    Saxon Hill in Essex
     
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    syadasti i heart mac

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    Onion River Sports in Montpelier does a group ride on Tues afternoon and has a facebook page for it and it's usually at a variety of locations in the area. There's also a group ride at Millstone on Tues. Northfield also has group ride on Thursdays. There's a few in Stowe but I don't recall the days.
     
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    Thanks, I'll check those places out. As for paying to ride, I was confused by this page: https://vmba.org/mta-day-pass
     
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    syadasti i heart mac

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    It's not required.
     
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    I would suggest getting a day pass. Something needs to provide operating funds to keep the trails going, and Millstone is stupendous.
     
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    syadasti i heart mac

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    Truthfully it's open to the public and it's like most mountain biking trail systems in the country (often maintained by the local mountain bikers). It's presumptuous to make people believe they have to pay for access to public lands especially when everyone else uses them for free. I've done lots of trail work (even in other countries) and have been a IMBA member for over two decades (and my VMBA membership is current), but I'm not going to trick people into donating time or money to use lands open to and paid for by the public.

    These trails were purchased with public funds and are noted as free for ALL trail users under the official park page. None of the other user groups try to trick people into donating to them - walking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing or disc golf.

     
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    I'm on the board of directors of a local conservation organization that conserves more than a thousand acres of land. We found all sorts of funding for acquisition, yet we struggle to fund maintenance, taxes, and other land management related expenses such as insurance.

    Millstone's no different. If you want the trails to remain, kick in.
     
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    syadasti i heart mac

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    Why not be honest then and why are bikers the only group that has to pay to use them?

     
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    splat Nam I am

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    Millstone is awesome , and its not that much for the Pass , I'm more then willing to contribute to them to help keep them running
     
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    Any suggestions for riding around Dartmouth College in NH? Gonna be going to a reunion there in June. Also looking for good rentals...
     
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    Highland! :D
     
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    From reading elsewhere, I am leaning towards a day at Ascutney. Probably another day in the Hartford (CT) area...wanna meet up?
     
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    When in June?
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    I'll ask wifey tonight. Would love to ride with you as well.
     
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    Yes in VT/NH, not in CT. :D
     
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    CT still has the arrest warrant? :D