Camel's Hump State Forest: Howe Block Mountain Bike Trails
Enchanted Forest Trail: From Waitsfield, take Route 17 to Tucker Hill Road on left. Up Tucker Hill Road to small parking area on left, near the end of the road. Map and trailhead in parking lot.
Cyclone/Cyclone Connector/Clinic/Busternut: These trails start on Dana Hill Road, but may be accessed from Tucker Hill Road using the Enchanted Forest Trail. Driving on Dana Hill Road up from Route 17 is not recommended; it is very steep, wet, and lightly maintained.
Parking is available in Waitsfield Village and also at American Flatbread, except Fridays & Saturdays 4 PM to 9 PM. Lareau Swim Access parking is also available on east side of Route 100.
These singletrack trails traverse the Howe Block of Camel's Hump State Forest in Waitsfield and Fayston.
Enchanted Forest: Relatively gentle route, with a mix of armored rock sections, flowy rollers and little tech obstacles. After crossing a stream, going under a powerline and the lines of an active maple sugaring operation, the forest opens up into beautiful stretch of tall pines and low understory. The trail is relatively smooth, but there are several challenging sections too. Intersects Cyclone Connector and Dana Hill Road, which form a commonly used "loop."
Cyclone (2 miles): The Cyclone’s twisty turns are riddled with roots, rock faces, log rolls, burst climbs, bridges and berms. Cyclone ends on Dana Hill Road, continue across the road to Revolution. Use Dana Hill Road to return to upper trails or drop to Waitsfield.
Cyclone Connector (0.5 miles): Cyclone Connector starts at a big intersection just below the top of the Enchanted Forest. Watch the two stream crossings. The Cyclone trailhead is just in the woods from the Dana Hill Road intersection.
Clinic: This Valley classic is a true "clinic of bike skills." Be careful to go right on Busternut soon after the double stream crossing to return to Dana Hill Road. Stay on state land here, marked with orange blazes.
Busternut: Generally ridden as a climb from the Clinic. After big stream crossing on Clinic, stay right and traverse, before climbing again. Climb tops out on Dana Hill Road. From Dana Hill Road, stay left at the intersection near the top and look on your left for the entrance before a big stone wall.
Visit Mad River Riders online for more information and a printable map or contact:
Vermont Mountain Bike Association: Mad River Riders
VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 4: Barre District
5 Perry Street, Suite 20
Barre, VT 05641-4265
Phone: (802) 476-0174
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