Ash Hill Trail
This ride’s general location is Rochester. Scenery is densely wooded. This loop is basically a climb followed immediately by a descent. The initial, long climb is on dirt roads and jeep trails. You have about one-half mile of flat terrain at the top to catch your breath before descending a rocky, steep, knuckle-aching, bone-jarring trail. Once you make it to the bottom you can relax and spin your way back to the start on flat pavement. You will have good views of farms and fields as you climb, yet once you reach the height of the land you will enter a dense pine and hardwood forest. For those who love technical, very demanding climbing, try this loop in the opposite direction.
|Length||10 total miles|
|Elevation Gain||900 feet|
Trailhead: A mile south of Rochester on VT 100, turn right onto Liberty Hill Road (Forest Service Road 223). Go .5 miles, cross a concrete bridge and park in the area on the right. Your ride begins where you park.
Directions: From the parking area, begin riding on Liberty Hill Road, heading for the big red barn. Liberty Hill Road is gravel and begins climbing right away. You will pass a beautiful white house on the left, followed by another outstanding farmhouse further up the climb.
After more than 1.5 miles of climbing, you will come to a trail junction marked with VAST signs for the Ash Hill Trail. (The Contest Trail ride goes to the left.) Stay on FR 229 until you come to a gate marked with Ash Hill Trail signage. Go around the gate and begin some fun, single-track riding, descending gradually. Pass a hunting camp on the right, then at a T-intersection go right. Descend, steeply at times, on a rocky double-track trail, aka FR 216.
At 4.5 miles from the start you will arrive at a small parking area on FR 226, aka Corporation Road. Stay right and ride out to VT 73. Turn right on pavement and descend gradually to VT 100; turn right and ride for 1.5 miles to Liberty Hill Road. Turn right, cross a bridge, and return to where you started for a total of nearly 10 miles.
This ride can be don in conjunction with Contest Trail, for a total of approximately 17.5 miles of moderate riding with some challenging sections.
Download the map, courtesy of the Green Mountain National Forest service
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