Looking for the silver lining to the weak winter we experienced in the Northeast this year? Dust off the MTB and go ride! The best singly in the land is clean, dry and waiting for you.
With the exception of a handful of superb “earn your turn” April skiing days, March temperatures in the high 70′s pretty much crushed the ski season.
Fortunately for MTB riders, the April snow events were sequestered to the higher elevations. Down low, millions (if not billions) of deciduous trees were aroused from their winter slumber weeks ago, all available moisture is being quickly wicked away and turning the single track forests into a lime green early season color explosion. This combination of the moisture sucking root balls and SUPERBLY BUILT trail is providing for an epic early season of tours through the lime green network of Stowe. Time to ride!
Keep in mind, these ridiculously good trails didn’t create themselves. Numerous volunteer hours, Stowe Mountain Bike Club Membership donations and enjoyable efforts in the woods are the reason we can flow on two wheels through the woods. JOIN the club and PLEASE check trail status before you ride here. More members and volunteers equals more new trail to enjoy!
PHOTO TOUR AND TRAIL STATUS
New school trail riding at its best! Countless, perfectly bermed switchbacks, perfect grade climbing and descending trail and bridge work worthy of Landscape Architecture Magazine is the name of the game in this stash of trail. A few wet spots to be aware of, but if you are looking for flowy goodness, search no more. Beware of at least one Black Bear roaming around the woods in the area. At first, the large black spot on the trail was thought to be a stump. Then the stump moved, rapidly, up into the surrounding woods.
Looking for a quick return on investment? Look no further. Accessing the Pipeline Trail requires a power climb of either dirt or pavement depending on your mood. Get to the top, do a 180 and point the wheels down. Jumps, berms, bridges and endless pump track style cross hills await. Fall line riding at its best!
MAPLE RUN / STERLING VALLEY
Spin to win! Hitting Sterling Valley via Maple Run from Stowe Village requires a solid effort of vertical gain that quickly gets you into the wild. Once in the wild, a variety of new and old school trail await.
IN THE LOWLANDS:
Pictures worthy of a look cause the colors are just so awesome:
Lime leaves, Yellow daisies, Black bears, Brown dirt trail, Grey granite, Red pine needles and Exceptional single track! How’s that for a Silver Lining? Let’s go RIDE!