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  • #810628

    Whynot
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    Doing a road trip for work this week. Have Monday to drive to Burlington VT, returning Thursday. I have room for a bike and could squeeze in a couple of hours en route tomorrow or returning Thursday.

    I’m thinking Kingston, but have no idea about the trails these days (I last rode there when the “best” accessible trail ran from RMC along the shore to the east).

    Also curious if anyone has local knowledge about the Burlington VT area? I found some trail info online – VT state has great info available – curious for some inside tips to get the most bang for my cranks.

    Feel free to post of PM.

    This trip came up last minute, next time I truly hope to have enough time to add a couple of hours and make it over to the Burke and Kingdom area.

    #810630

    mirotchnick
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    Hey @whynot, I know there are some trails pretty much right in Burlington, but I don’t know much about them. If you have time though, Perry Hill is about 30 minutes south on I-89 and is supposed to be great. I haven’t ridden it yet but am planning to this summer. And if you want to venture even farther in from the highway, Cady Hill in Stowe might be even better. I think Pinkbike did an article about all these at some point, complete with beer and food tips. I would definitely recommend hitting the Cabot cheese outlet store and Ben & Jerry’s factory if you go there.

    I’ve talked to people at the Skirack in Burlington who were very friendly and helpful, so you could ask them for recommendations. There are some other shops in the area that could likely help you out too.

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    #810631

    Whynot
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    Thanks for the info!

    #810632

    Erich
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    You have lots of options!

    The best riding in Kingston is on private trails, you will have to hook up with a member (or buy a membership) to ride. If you can find a member to ride with, I highly recommend the trails, I think they are some of the best in Ontario. You can find information about the trails and the club here: http://www.mtbkingston.ca/

    If you want to ride in Vermont, there is lots of riding around Burlington. The trails are maintained by the Fellowship of the Wheel, and they have a full list of their trails on their website: http://www.fotwheel.org/trails/. I’ve only ridden the trails in Hinesburg (Hinesburg Town Forest, Carse and Sleepy Hollow), but I can vouch for their awesomeness. If you did have a full day you can link all three networks together for an epic day. The trails are mostly natural old school single track (lots of roots, rocks, etc.) and involve quite a bit of climbing.

    Perry Hill and Cady Hill are also really fun, are easier to navigate if you are tight on time, and have more flow than the Hinesburg trails if that’s your thing. Personally I prefer Perry Hill. You climb to the top and ride down a few long downhills with some decent sized rock faces. As a bonus, in Waterbury, you can find some of the best beer in Vermont (Alchemist, Lawson’s, Hill Farmstead) on tap and in cans at the restaurants very close to the trails.

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    #810633

    Whynot
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    Awesome. That’s excellent info… especially the differentiation between easy to nav and not as I only have short windows to ride while in Burlington.

    Kingston MTB site is short on info on how to get a membership or ride the trails. Hoping a member pipes up here soon as my to/from days are mostly when I could make a ride happen.

    #810634

    FastTimes
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    MTB Kingston is some of the best riding in the province. I would email them and pre-pay. They are pretty good about meeting up for membership pick ups. I got my membership by leaving the cash in a drawer in the barn and my tag was there when I got back. There is no day pass so you will need to buy the full membership unless a current member signs you in as a guest. If I am around on the proposed dates I can take you. Honestly though, these trails are good enough that I would pay the yearly fee even if I only rode there once. If you can hit it on the way home, even better. I only rode there 3-4 days and it was totally worth it.

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    #810672

    Whynot
    Participant

    I didn’t end up taking the bike – agenda didn’t allow for ride time, but next trip will certainly include my bike. Burlington area is beautiful and tons of folks at my client site ride, so I’m pumped for the next trip at the end of June!

    #811225

    Whynot
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    Heading to VT again this coming week and the good folks at KingstonMTB have hooked me up with the one and only Rob Sangers for a tour of their trails Monday afternoon. Psyched for that – I’ve heard nothing but great things about Rob and his handiwork, should be a blast!

    Then lucky to have a couple evenings in Burlington area to tool around on some of the trail networks nearby.

    #811241

    Whynot
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    Had a guided ride at MTB Kingston trails by Rob Sangers yesterday. What a network! So awesome… rocks, roots, flow… a bit of everything. Kingston is super lucky to have these trails and community leaders like Rob driving the trails further. Worth the drive from the GTA, I’ll be back!

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