This ride’s general location is halfway between Ripton and Goshen on FR 32. Scenery includes views of Hogback Mountain. It is excellent for novice riders learning trail riding. It only gains 400 feet in elevation, mostly at the start, which may seem challenging, but hang in there – the rest of the ride is worth it. You will come to an open meadow and the Blueberry Management Area, where wild blueberries grow in abundance. The view to the east, of Romance Mountain, is stunning. The course returns you to the woods and gently back to the start, all on cross-country ski trails.
|Activity Type||Mountain Biking|
|Length||3.5 total miles|
|Elevation Gain||400 feet|
|Skill Level||Easy intermediate|
Trailhead: All rides begin at the Blueberry Hill Inn, located on the Goshen Road, halfway between Ripton on VT 125 and Goshen on VT 73.
From Rochester, head west toward VT-100 S/S Main Street. Follow VT-100 S for less than a mile, and then turn right onto VT-73 W (Brandon Mountain Rd). Continue to follow VT-73 W for 10.7 miles. Turn right onto Hathaway Road and stay on this road for 1.4 miles. Next, you’ll turn right onto Flora White Rd and follow that for another 1.4 miles. Finally, turn right onto Goshen-Ripton Rd. The Blueberry Hill Inn will be on the right in 1.3 miles.
Directions: Beginning at the bike shop, cross the road and ride to the back of the inn on the left side of the building. Pick up the cross-country ski trail at trail marker 1. Climb the ski trail to trail marker 7 and turn right. Follow this trail, which becomes level, out to the blueberry meadow. Stay on the trail and drop down to a dirt road. You might have to get off your bike to negotiate the trench at the edge of the road. Turn left and follow the road briefly, looking for trail marker 25, where you reenter the woods. Stay left at every opportunity until trail marker 7, where you retrace you steps back to the inn.
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