This ride’s general location is Rochester. The first few miles parallel Bingo Brook, which has unusual boulders and crevices; the trail section is densely wooded. This primo ride is good for families and beginners. If short and sweet is your style, this loop is for you. It begins with a pleasant, gradual climb on Forest Service Road 42, parallel to Bingo Brook, a scenic brook with unusually large boulders. You then climb more steeply, which affords scenic views to the south. Eventually you connect with Pine Brook Trail, a grassy, smooth, double-track trail that descends through the woods back to FR 42.

 

Activity Type Mountain Biking
Nearest Town Rochester
Length 9 total miles
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Trail Type Out-and-back
Skill Level Easy

 

Trailhead: One-half mile south of Rochester on VT 100, turn onto VT 73 (aka the Brandon Gap Road). In approximately 2 miles, VT 73 makes a sharp left. Continue going straight onto FR 42, and park anywhere along the road. Your ride begins where you park.

Latitude/Longitude: 43.859457,-72.872683

Directions: Ride up FR 42 (Bingo Road) for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto FR 62. Climb steadily to the end where you pick up Pine Broom Trail. Look for a small, carved wooden sign, and a small white biker sign. Follow Pine Brook Trail, descending steadily. At any questionable trail junction, pay attention to the signs and you can’t go wrong. At the bottom of the descent, dismount and crawl under the Forest Service gate. Go right, still descending. Bear left onto FR 154 and immediately left on FR43. Retrace your steps to the start.

 

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