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    Northfield VT...

    Got an email....town forest will be open to development of MTB trails. 600 ares in total, starting this month. ALSO, Norwich is in the planning stages of developing a XC recreation center and renovation of the old ski area base buildings on 600 adjoining acres....pretty stoked. Anyone interested in helping with the contruction of the town forest trails, pm me. The local VMBA chapter (Northfield Trail Assn.) will be helping the town plan the network and build the trails. The potential here is HUGE. 1200 acres that also ties into Berlin TF and Irish Hill currently being developed by the Montpelier VMBA chapter. Many hands make light work.
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    This is awesome dave. Can't wait to help.
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    Update after a year or so. The town conservation commision is moving very slowly. I have been to many meeting. It seems there is likely to be MTB access on the town forrest up to the summit of Paine. Their management recomendation will be passed along to the town select board soonish (this calander year?) Norwich University went ahead and hired Sinuosity out of Hinesburg to build out a 10 mile recreation trail network in and around the abandon ski hill across the street from Norwich University. There is exsisting DH trail here that Tim has been taking loving care of and with the addition of the prposed trails there will be a couple more "down" oriented trail, and an "up" that helps us mortals gain the top of the ski hill. From there there will be a loop out the back of the ski area to extend near the top of barrows rd and the far edge of the school property. Assuming the town does eventually give us permission to use exsisting trails on their parcel, that plus the trail on the adjoining Norwich land will add up to a descent amount of trail. All in all at least 15 miles. Starting at 800 and peaking out at just under 2400...pretty cool stuff unfolding. Stay tuned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt
    Update after a year or so. The town conservation commision is moving very slowly. I have been to many meeting. It seems there is likely to be MTB access on the town forrest up to the summit of Paine. Their management recomendation will be passed along to the town select board soonish (this calander year?) Norwich University went ahead and hired Sinuosity out of Hinesburg to build out a 10 mile recreation trail network in and around the abandon ski hill across the street from Norwich University. There is exsisting DH trail here that Tim has been taking loving care of and with the addition of the prposed trails there will be a couple more "down" oriented trail, and an "up" that helps us mortals gain the top of the ski hill. From there there will be a loop out the back of the ski area to extend near the top of barrows rd and the far edge of the school property. Assuming the town does eventually give us permission to use exsisting trails on their parcel, that plus the trail on the adjoining Norwich land will add up to a descent amount of trail. All in all at least 15 miles. Starting at 800 and peaking out at just under 2400...pretty cool stuff unfolding. Stay tuned.
    Nice work! Glad to see your persistence will be paying off.

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    Exciting news. I live up near exit 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plumbitup
    Exciting news. I live up near exit 5.
    yea. I live in Northfield too. With the news that Millstone will likely be purchased and designated town forrest by Barre town, which will mean free riding and a real trail work effort, and this development, CVT is getting cooler by the second.

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    I am looking for some trails in the Northfield area, I will be graduating from norwich in June and would love to ride that week, any helpful information on trails in this area would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Rick

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    Go to Millstone. And head accross the street and check out what's going on. Not a ton of stuff finished yet, but worth checking out for a quick ride.

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    thanks for the info, is it close to Norwich?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tackle View Post
    thanks for the info, is it close to Norwich?
    do asearch on this site for millstone. The trails at Norwich are going in accross the street at the old ski hill.

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    Any update on the scale and scope of this project? I know some sanctioned building has been happening but are we still talking about a 1200 acre area for the long term?

    Either way, subscribed to this thread for updates and work days. I'm in Montpelier with some tools and additional recruitable labor.

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    i've been emailing Brooke, and the school has indicated they are interested in building out the entire proposed project on their 600+ acres piece, of which about 1/3 is roughed in. The adjoining 600 acre town forrest is still waiting on a finalized management plan, but from what I've gleened from conversations witht the town forester, they are going to aprrove use on exisiting trail by MTBs, which means the Paine Mtn Trail from the old Cheney Farm where the town water works is now will be a viable climb to the summit of Paine, which will tie into singletrack at the back end of the Norwich lot. If everyhing that is getting talked about get's build it will be 12-15+ miles of multiuse/singletrack in and around the abandon ski area in Northfield.

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    Been working with Brooke and Jason finishing up phase 1 of the Norwich project which will be about 6 miles of trail. He has submitted a proposal for phase 2 which they are in the fund raising stage of. The trail going in as part of phase 1 is mostly 50 inch wide, buffed out, bermed out, pumpy trail with some tables and small airs. FUN to ride. Phase 2 will consist of more bike trail behind the ski area built more like modern bench cut single track and add a few more miles of trail, if it gets funded.
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    A teaser...
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    Nice berms! How does one find a trailhead in that area?

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    Trailhead

    At the old ski hill across the street from Norwich University, actually on Cresent Street. Pull in amongst the new landscaping and construction and find the dirt lot on the left. There is a map on the side of the new Outdoor Center, which is the new building just up from the lot. There is still alot of work to do on drainage on some trails so please avoid riding the wet stuff. I think of the 6 miles of trail in phase 1 about1/2 to 2/3 is 100 percent done.

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    Top notch. Is this machine built, hand finished? I'm guessing 50" means mini-ex was used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by radair View Post
    Top notch. Is this machine built, hand finished? I'm guessing 50" means mini-ex was used?
    Yup. Mini excvavator and a ditch witch, finished with hand tools.

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    Broke ground on new trail last week, onto the last major section of new work of phase 1. It will be machine built, generally DH specific, I think 30 inch tread. It is flagged and cleared and starts at the top of the old ski hill. Skier's right side of the old lift line. As you drop in to the Old DH MTB trail it spilts left almost immediately. Switchbacks accross the DH tral a few times, eventually crosses the lift line and connescts to the southern most DH line off of the old "StageCoach" ski trail immediately below the old big ladder drop. Eventually it feeds into the Green trail right where all the sweet berms start on that downhill section. It is rideable in it's rough form now, but watch out for some stumps and other rubble. I think this run is gonn abe pretty legit. Finger's crossed for phase 2 funding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    Looks like some awesome work going on there! Well done.

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    yah! looking real nice over there, great job guys!

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    Norwich Trails Map and Comments

    Took Father's Day to explore what is going on in Northfield. Really enjoyed the trail construction and the climb to to the top. A few observations, much of the trail cornering construction appears to be designed more for coming down than going up. As a comparison the trails in Pittsfield ride equally well in both directions. The wooded section of the solid yellow trail (see map) could use a little attention when it comes to thumb size stumps. There a still quite a few "gothcha's" to watch out for in the wooded duffy portion of the trail. Especially if your headed in downhill. After almost busting a lung within 50 yards of the top we rode down the dotted orange (see map) . Very challenging in it's current state. Can't wait to ride the final product. All in all I really liked the area and plan to return. It's not that far from home base in Morrisville. It will be even better if/when it can get linked in with Irish Hill.
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    The Irish hill link is very possible. Northfield has two parcels of town forrest. One is the northern boundry of the Norwich property we are working on, the other is to the north of Turkey Hill rd. If access was given to this piece, we could almost connect directly to the class 4 section of Darling Hill rd which is part of the Irish hill ride. Last I heard, a couple years ago, the conservation comission was no recomending any uses for this piece of town forrest because of an endangered salamander. Not to say it will never happen. Hopefully as the scene grows here in town, we can get a little more organized and have that conversation.
    And be warned. This area is in the middle of construction. You will ride finished trail, partially built, leaf blown areas that will soon be trail, and old school rake-and-ride DH stuff. Be on your toes for stumps and machinery on the unfinished sections.

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    during my graduation from norwich this week I had the opportunity to ride the Northfield mountain and I thought the trails were were clean and flowing coming down the mountain, the climb was tough but that is how it is supposed to be. Coming from Maine the trails were very different, not allot of technical spots but great scenery. I also had the opportunity to ride millstone and waterbury vt, both spots were great, my hats off to all that maintain the trails in northfield, I can't wait to get back.

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    Wow. I am super happy to see these developments.

    I lived in Northfield and Montpelier for a few years while my wife and I taught at Norwich. Not the right academic environment for us, but we definitely dug the outdoor scene which, for us, was primarily hiking and snowshoeing. We did a TON on Paine (with an infant/toddler on my back) and I was always eyeing up the trails (and fearing the big DH drop at the top). But, I wasn't really into massive riding.

    Fast forward a few years and I'm riding a ton and not doing too much hiking. Can't wait to visit that neck of the woods and hit these new NU/Northfield trails. Possibly during an August trek to Kingdom trails. Curious about the Millstone developments. Only rode there once, but it was fun. Are the land owners donating the land to Barre Town?

    Not to take this too far off topic, but how are the trails north of Montpelier holding up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor76 View Post
    Wow. I am super happy to see these developments.

    I lived in Northfield and Montpelier for a few years while my wife and I taught at Norwich. Not the right academic environment for us, but we definitely dug the outdoor scene which, for us, was primarily hiking and snowshoeing. We did a TON on Paine (with an infant/toddler on my back) and I was always eyeing up the trails (and fearing the big DH drop at the top). But, I wasn't really into massive riding.

    Fast forward a few years and I'm riding a ton and not doing too much hiking. Can't wait to visit that neck of the woods and hit these new NU/Northfield trails. Possibly during an August trek to Kingdom trails. Curious about the Millstone developments. Only rode there once, but it was fun. Are the land owners donating the land to Barre Town?

    Not to take this too far off topic, but how are the trails north of Montpelier holding up?

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    The town of Barre is trying to buy the Rock of Ages land that Millstone exists on as town forrest. They are in the fund raising stages. Riding in Montpelier remains much as it has been for years. Good if you know where to go. Invisible if you don't. By August most of phase one should be done here in Northfield.

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    Dave,

    Many thanks to you and your crew for all your work. Five of us had a great ride at Norwich the other day. The groomers are amazing and the winding singletrack (we rode yellow) is a blast. Yellow needs a little stump work as Oldicehouse said above, and that one corner comes up on you fast (you know the corner I'm talking about, I'm sure). But those are nitpicks at best. And I'd love to help pluck stumps the next time there's a work day.

    What a resource this place is going to be, especially when everything is linked up with Irish Hill. It could rival Millstone as a destination, maybe even KT someday. Yeah, I said it.

    But it's so different from either of those places, it won't be so much a competitor for their visitors, but a complement to the rest of the top-tier destinations in Vermont.

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    Fuzz, it is my pleasure, really! It's Brooke's crew, I just work on it. His design and vision, we're just helping execute. It really is gonna be a unique ride spot. There is some primative single track out behind the ski hill that will be connected very soon. Once yellow is done, we will work our way up on orange. All of it will be machine built, all the stumps are coming out, but the orange from the top will be narrower and more technical then the yellow and green stuff. Cheers.

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    Narrower and more technical is perfect. The sculpted bobled runs are really sweet but some more traditional New England single would be icing on the cake. Can't wait.
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    Little progress update. Yellow trail south of the lift line is completed. We have about 1400 linear feet on the north side of the property to finish yellow up. More pumps, jumps and berms being shaped, then on the Orange. Should take us about a week to finish yellow completely, assuming we get a descent weather window. Also, the primative singletrack out the back of the ski area has finally been connected to the ridge trail that comes off the true summit of Paine. This is a couple/few miles of primative, raked in sniggle. It needs traffic. The climb to the lean-to is about 2 miles of double track. Goat has not been raked yet, but should be burned in enough, it's years old. The new trail starts at the height of land off the double track after you ride goat and bang a right on the double. If you start going down on the double track after making the right at the end of goat, you went too far, it's only a couple hundred yards between goat and the new trail. It needs traffic....go ride it.
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    How about a berm on this "grassy knoll" leading out of the Paine Mtn. Trail into the field? My whole group almost ate it there. The n00b guy just blew through it and sailed down into the field.



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    Prolly not gonna happen. That's the climb anyway fuzz.

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    Heh, I figured. What about a 12 foot wooden berm wall? Concrete?

    We went partway up there then turned around because we were short on time. I'm the fastest descender in the group, so I went first, blew out of the woods, did the slo-mo "oh...my...gawww..." and barely made the grassy, slippery off-camber corner. Three other guys skittered around and held on.

    The last guy just honed straight into the tall grass. He was fine.

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    Just GPSed the loop to the lean to and back.It's a 2.5 mile climb gaining 1500ish feet, followed by a 5 mile, mostly DH rip back to the lot. 1.5 hours maybe. Glorious out today!

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    Is the lean-to at the left/north end of Goat? Did you climb up the old doubletrack on the left/north?

    What combo of trails did you descend to make 5 miles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzz541 View Post
    Is the lean-to at the left/north end of Goat? Did you climb up the old doubletrack on the left/north?

    What combo of trails did you descend to make 5 miles?
    So you climb the Paine Mtn trail from the north end fo the town field (old Cheney Farm), up to the lean to at the clearing. (small house shape on my paint map) From there you hit Goat, which is a little overgrown in the field, but easy to follow once in the woods, minus a couple blow downs I need to clear...it's at the south end of the meadow the lean to is in. Ride that out to the new trail ( a short climb up the double to the right when you pop out of the singletrack) Newly raked in trail on the left at the top of the hill, if you start going down you went too far. This singletrack is rolling terrain, mostly down with a short climb or two. Eventually it puts you on some older rake and ride that connects to the back of the old ski hill where we hit the unfinished orange, to yellow to green, which is 99 percent downhill. Great loop of rake and ride and buffed....machine built. I'm pretty stoked. That connection has been years of work, mostly route finding. Finally a good loop from my house here in town!

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    Ripping!

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    Thanks, Dave. We'll try that loop next time we have a couple of hours and feel like a big climb/reward.
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    Wow. We hit Dave's loop today. Observations:

    The climb up the left/north end is a beast. Smooth double to rocky jeep track, with a couple of mud crossings for good measure. We took our time and eventually made it (I was the suffering sandbagger). At the lean-to, we had trouble finding Goat but I think we got the first part of it - south from the fire pit?

    After that, we missed "new sniggle," got lost and wound up bushwhacking through the hardwoods down to the southern field by the VAST trails. We almost continued south. GPS saved us, and we worked our way back along VAST to the lower red connector. Not sure what we hit, but I think it was the orange dot "snowshoe" trail pictured in post 24, then back into the main section.

    Holy s***. The orange bit is the gnarliest singletrack I've ridden in years. Loved it. I hope Brooke and co. keep it a little "wilder" than the rest of the hill. It makes a great "expert XC/AM" area to complement the highly groomed stuff.

    The Yellow trail is now a total ripper. So fun at speed now that the tiny stumps are gone from that last section.

    We also ran into Brooke and Jason (?) near the end of our ride. Can't thank you guys enough - keep up the great work. Please update this thread with big trail work dates so we can help out. I'd also like to help with flagging and signage. It's good but could be better - not that I'm complaining since I'd rather see you building and improving trail than mucking about with signs.
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    Signage coming soonish on all parts of the loop outlined. Buffing out the Goat is my next personal project, though this week is booked, probably next week.

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    Great. I know an underemployed 16yo kid who'd love nothing more than buffing the goat.

    One more thing: I'm all for calculated risk and unsanitized adventure. But I'm amazed there's no fencing above the quarry, just a flimsy piece of webbing. That fall from just off the yellow trail would be certain death. Do you know if that's on the landowner's to do list?
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    Fencing, no. Appreciate the offer. Many hands make light work.
    edit: Had a suprise day off Monday. Got the Goat cleaned up. You can now find it starting right behind the Lean-to at the top of the Paine Mtn trail. Got some trail markers goin up soon.
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    This trail is very nicely burned in right now. Pick up the singletrack right behind the Shleter up on Paine. Right on the quad trail after "Goat", then in on the left after a short climb. (if you start going down, you went a few feet too far). Made the climb today no stops, no dabs. Pretty stoked.

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    Just got my first taste this evening, nice work Dave and Brooke. I started on the climber's right and got all the way to the old tower pad on the double track/ new stuff, then went into the woods on older sniggle with lots of rock rollers to the top of the ridge, where it looked like if I went down, I might end up on the wrong side of the mountain. Was that just a loop back to the tower pad?

    The berms and jumps were sweet and I was able to clear most of the tables on first try. I met Angus M. out there, who I know from somewhere else, but can't remember where. Good guy to chat with on the way up.

    The thing that got me most excited was the incredible supply of workable rock. I prefer schist for its shape-ability, but the massive piles of slate were inspiring. FYI, there were a couple turns that looked like they needed a little riprap to slow and maintain water flow.

    I am so excited that there is such an enormous variety of great riding so close to home. Life is very good, and getting better, for mountain bikers here. Please support VMBA and our local pro builders!

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    Hi all, new to the mountain and the trails. Today "first time" went to the top hiking ... I thought the shelter was just off of the top but I didn't see it. Can you explain if your @ the top where do you go from there, or is it off another trail, have no idea where the goat is.

    Thanks, Smitty ....

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    When you gain the ridge on the Paine Mtn Trail (PMT), go right at the "T". The shelter is about 100 yards out that way, the trail starts immediately on the left just before it, and loops behind it. The true summit of Paine would be a left at the "T" and up about a 1/4 mile, gaining another couple hundred vert.

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    Hey Dave, thanks for the information. I'm new to the area and just learned about the bike and hiking trails. The climb was/is steeper that I thought, but I wasn't going to stop

    Reading the forum you may/would like some help up there. Let me know, would like to give a helping hand.

    When you mean the true summit of the mountain, there is the old cement foundation for the old ski lift yes??

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    Quote Originally Posted by smitty's View Post
    Hey Dave, thanks for the information. I'm new to the area and just learned about the bike and hiking trails. The climb was/is steeper that I thought, but I wasn't going to stop

    Reading the forum you may/would like some help up there. Let me know, would like to give a helping hand.

    When you mean the true summit of the mountain, there is the old cement foundation for the old ski lift yes??

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    Nope. Thats at the top of the old ski hill. A couple miles from the Summit of Paine Mtn. To find the Paine Mtn Trail...you want to head up the green trail from the main lot off cresent to your left. After a few minute climbing cut through the old slate quarry and over to the town field. Make your way to the north corner of the field and find the Paine Mountain Trail. From there it's about 2-2.5 miles up. There are a few intersections but just stick with the most uphill route and you'll find yourself at the "T" intersection on the ridge. Go right, find the shelter....in on left....rip down, right on the double track to the top of the short climb, back in on Left...ride single track and after about 20 minutes you'll find yourself at the concrete lift footing you metioned. GL.

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    Wow, you guys have got some nice trails down there. I finally made it today. I was expecting a more hellish climb, but the new trails ride great uphill. We did slog up the marching trail to the very top to see the orange loop. I'm not sure I'd bother with that again. If the orange loop turns out really nice, I hope that Brook will be able to work in a new climb to the top. Everything else we rode was really great though.



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    DaveVT, thanks for the info, no wonder I couldn't find it. Hope to see ya round up there. Don't forget if ya need a hand I'm around.

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    Nice Shots. The climb is much better then it used to be, just use your granny...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    The climb is much better then it used to be, just use your granny...
    You better believe it!

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    the climb actually would be one of the easiest climbs on a SS around here, till the red road to the top, then the SS would probably hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
    the climb actually would be one of the easiest climbs on a SS around here, till the red road to the top, then the SS would probably hurt.
    Yup. The green trail up to the climber's left from the bottom is a great pedal. Up above the quarry thru the pines is a really fast climb, ripping berms uphill seated and hammering is pretty fun. The top half of the red has 2 pitches that hurt. The first one past the big step down on the lift line, and the last one. I don't often climb that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    I don't often climb that way.
    Is there another trail going up?

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    Directions for longer loops given previously in thread.

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    Great ride

    Saturday, although I got turned around a bit both on the way up and on the descent. Props to the designer and all of the builders and to the University and town for seeing the potential for the school and community and crafting the network.

    Is there anywhere to get a copy of the map pictured in this post that is on the side of the outdoor center building?

    It was great fun checking this out again in in it's present and evolving state-I hadn't ridden here for twenty plus years, when it was just the Paine Mountain trail, dirt bike tracks, and the ski area that we'd connect off dirt roads or the double track coming over from Irish Hill.




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    Took Father's Day to explore what is going on in Northfield. Really enjoyed the trail construction and the climb to to the top. A few observations, much of the trail cornering construction appears to be designed more for coming down than going up. As a comparison the trails in Pittsfield ride equally well in both directions. The wooded section of the solid yellow trail (see map) could use a little attention when it comes to thumb size stumps. There a still quite a few "gothcha's" to watch out for in the wooded duffy portion of the trail. Especially if your headed in downhill. After almost busting a lung within 50 yards of the top we rode down the dotted orange (see map) . Very challenging in it's current state. Can't wait to ride the final product. All in all I really liked the area and plan to return. It's not that far from home base in Morrisville. It will be even better if/when it can get linked in with Irish Hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelo View Post
    Saturday, although I got turned around a bit both on the way up and on the descent. Props to the designer and all of the builders and to the University and town for seeing the potential for the school and community and crafting the network.

    Is there anywhere to get a copy of the map pictured in this post that is on the side of the outdoor center building?

    It was great fun checking this out again in in it's present and evolving state-I hadn't ridden here for twenty plus years, when it was just the Paine Mountain trail, dirt bike tracks, and the ski area that we'd connect off dirt roads or the double track coming over from Irish Hill.
    Maps for the School property are available inside the new building, up above the new lot.

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    Just stumbled across this thread. I cut my teeth riding around Paine and the ski area on my first bike a 85 Stumpjumper. Used to work at the woodshop in the mill there in town and we rode up there most days of the week. I live up in Elmore now but I'm going to make a trip down to check out all of the work you guys have done. It looks awesome! We used to climb up Turkey Hill and go up to the lean too on Paine from that side; called it "climbing to the height of Pain". It was all double track back then, looking forward to checking out all the new single track.

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    Trails are awesome, rode yesterday and today. Yesterday did all the green and blue trails today did yellow.

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    Working on the last trail in Phase 1....Orange...about half built. It flows. Never linked to my FB before, here goes...
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    Not visible due to privacy settings. Is the orange trail getting machine work, or shovels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by epic View Post
    Not visible due to privacy settings. Is the orange trail getting machine work, or shovels?
    Damn, my privacy setting are public. Guess I'll upload to Youtube.
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    Wow, impressive. I was at Vermont College of Norwich University in Montpelier as an architecture student when that campus was shut down and the traditional students all got moved to the Military College of Vermont of Norwich University's Northfield campus back in 1992 I think. My dorm ended up being right on the upper parade ground. It was an "interesting" year, that year we moved, thats for sure. The cadets were not fond of civies being on their parade ground.

    Anyway, we used to ride the hill all the time on our old hard tails. I'm going to have to make the trek back up there and ride the hill again. Everything I have seen on here and other web sites looks great!

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    super sic

    went over to northfeild again wicked fun trails throw in paine mt and you get plenty , my buddy rode his ss rigid and was crushing it happy fall enjoy thanks to brook and dave for their work hope they get phase 2 next spring also quite of few out enjoying the system hiking runnig etc..
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    It's a mix of hand work and machine work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    Damn, my privacy setting are public. Guess I'll upload to Youtube.
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    Dave, is this the newest stuff way up on rider's/skier's left?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzz541 View Post
    Dave, is this the newest stuff way up on rider's/skier's left?
    Yea. It actually starts just right of the old lift footing/lift line. Most of the machine work is done....hand work mostly done about half way up. That is just a short section of the trail.

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    The trails up behind the Ski lift anchor are sick! The way down from the lean-too is technical enough to keep me on my toes but can still bomb it. There really needs to be some trees removed (chain saw Required). I'm a Student at Norwich and I ride the mountain 3-4 times a week between class and xc practice. I would be happy to help with any trail building/ maintenance. Great to see such a complete trail system.

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    There is that one big one, but i've been sneaking under it, and getting over the rest of them but you're right, I do need to get up there with the chainsaw. Glad you are enjoying the trails. As you can see from the thread start date, it's been a work in progress since 2009 and this year we finally reached a critical mass for some good local riding. Shoot me a pm with your email and I'll include you in any future volenteer work.

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    Got the chainsawing done up on the Ridge trail. If anyone has time to drag a rake around, most of the leaves are down and it would be a good time to get it done.

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    Many thanks to Brooke, Dave, the volunteers and especially the forward thinkers at Norwich University.

    I can't express how cool it is to be able to ride with Natty on real trails. We go very slowly, but it all flows and sometimes feels a little like freight train on rails. She giggles and talks the entire time, more in the swoopy parts. Wheee!

    The incredible spectrum of riding within 25 minutes of my house is ... incredible.

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    So rad to see you slogging it up with the kiddo in the trailer. I need to get my kids (11 and 9) there on their bikes once before the season gets snowed out.
    Looking for the person who tapped and pinned a set of Shimano A530 pedals - can't find the thread! Shoot me a PM. Thanks!

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    OFF TOPIC: looking for a good mechanic in Northfield to check a used car for me. PM's would be great. Thanks!
    Looking for the person who tapped and pinned a set of Shimano A530 pedals - can't find the thread! Shoot me a PM. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzz541 View Post
    OFF TOPIC: looking for a good mechanic in Northfield to check a used car for me. PM's would be great. Thanks!
    Josh Morby up in the falls, on the right heading north just before you leave town. Good, kid, local....always kept me rolling with minimal ********.

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    Well, had the grand opening of the Norwich University XC center at the Shaw Outdoors Center yesterday. A great turnout of about 60 riders. We got rained on a bit and stuff got slick. We did a couple laps inside the school property and a bigger loop up off the top of the town land from the Hawk's Watch. Techy and fun. Some crashing, a coupla flats. Bumped into some old friends and aquaintences, and made some new ones. We got muddy. Great time. Definitely some trail damage to rebuff, but it was worth it for the event and I think the network was enjoyed by everyone who turned up. Fingers crossed for Phase 2 next summer!!!

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    Fingers are crossed. They have to be happy with Phase 1, hopefully phase 2 will be a very easy sell after this.

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    Thanks to everyone who came out to ride. Great to have Phase 1 finished and ready to share. The trails are still looking pretty good after the rain and 50 riders doing a lap or two! Brian Mohr wrote this nice summary of the event. Here's a photo that John Atkinson snapped as we rolled out. Everyone at the school is happy with Phase 1 and looking for ways to fund Phase 2 sooner than later. Fingers crossed for next season.

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    Perfect dirt!

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    Orange Trail....hunt free zone....come get some.

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    hunt free? sounds good

    is the upper mountain hunt free also (I'd guess not)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by epic View Post
    hunt free? sounds good

    is the upper mountain hunt free also (I'd guess not)?
    Most of the stuff up there is on school land, but right now the first small portion is not signed. If you picked up the ridge trail from the saddle, not the shelter you'd be in the right, but that's not saying you'de not piss off some local. Folks have been hunting on school property for a long time, not supposed to be. If you climb the PMT up past the pond then stay straight instead of heading up the rock garden to the shelter and bang a right on the ridge trail at the top of that hill, you get onto school land as soon as you turn on the singletrack. The double track climb is town forrest but you'd have to be an idiot to set up on that trail it's full of hikers and snowshoers year round.

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    Is it open until the snow falls? This might be a weekend destination for me in November!

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    It's open. Not a great place to ride if things are wet. Mostly clay. Gets crazy slick. But for now it's in good shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    Orange Trail....hunt free zone....come get some.
    posted over in the fall stoke:

    i ride like that in my dreams. those ones that go on forever where things all flow and you can jump and fly and whatever forever.

    not my thing, (maybe it should be, looks damned fun!)

    that makes me want a full squishy bike, or all mountain, or whatever you kids call them these days.

    me and my fargo and all my camping gear and crap will be over here, off to the side, out of your way.

    nice.

    strava this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    It's open. Not a great place to ride if things are wet. Mostly clay. Gets crazy slick. But for now it's in good shape.
    Thanks Dave. I have no intention of riding anywhere unless it's really dry, so at least 24 to 36 hours after rain.

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    Rode today. Best bet for the rest of the season is to catch it frozen....unless we have a big warm up for several days. Singletrack on the ridge was snow covered yet completely rippable....sunny. Epic.

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    Conditions?

    Have things thawed/firmed up at the Shaw Center ski hill trails? I was there a few days after the last significant rain (nothing since) and it was really greasy and getting rutted. Don't want to push it, but would love to get a ride in tomorrow or Friday if it looks reasonable.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelo View Post
    Have things thawed/firmed up at the Shaw Center ski hill trails? I was there a few days after the last significant rain (nothing since) and it was really greasy and getting rutted. Don't want to push it, but would love to get a ride in tomorrow or Friday if it looks reasonable.
    Thanks.
    The freeze / thaw cycle has continued to create slippery afternoon conditions. The riding is much better in the morning before the frost thaws. The trails are getting rutted from afternoon traffic. A couple really warm days might help, but the clay soil there doesn't like thawing frost. Unless things really dry out in the next couple days, things get bad after 11 am.
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    Had the opportunity to ride at Northfield. One time up, one time down. By the time I was up the mountain, certain spots that were exposed to sunlight were wetter/softer/more slippery. . Since I was riding by myself (with my dog!) I was really keeping things slow and under control. This is / will be a fantastic place to ride. Close to other riding areas and great trails. I also was lucky to meet BikesOnSnow. His team did great work on the mountain and can be proud of the network. I hope that more people will discover this place. I will certainly make it a destination on a regular basis.

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    Update for summer '13. Phase 2 has not yet been funded so there is no new trail going in this year. There is a budget for up-keep and improvement of existing trail and Brooke is taking care of the wettest spots one by one. Inthe mean time things are unnig fairly well considering the weather. Mid and lower mtns continue to have some seeps that are making big, deep mud holes. Upper mtn. and ridge are draining fairly well but this is not a great wet-weather destination. Some of the older, well compacted trail has gotten very fast and also extremely slick and sweaty when humid, like today. There is a Super-D race schedualed for this fall here. Info at Onion River sports. Bike Express in Northfield has group rides thursdy nights at 6. SYOTT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    Inthe mean time things are unnig fairly well considering the weather. Mid and lower mtns continue to have some seeps that are making big, deep mud holes. Upper mtn. and ridge are draining fairly well but this is not a great wet-weather destination.
    Hey Dave,

    Do you think the trails will be dry enough to ride on Sunday?

    Thanks,

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    I want to hit these trails tomorrow. Can anyone suggest a good direction or route to take. Thanks!!
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    Looks like about 1/4 inch rain coming Sunday at the most. We should be in good shape or that. As far as route, I made a crude but fairly accurate map. Climb up the red pencil on Green, climbers left from the lot at about 800ft elev. Follow green through the old slate quarry and up to yellow and make a left on yellow. Drop down to the town field above the quarry and proceed to the North corner of the field. Great view of the Worcesters from here BTW. Your ultimate goal is to pick up th Paine Mtn Trail (PMT) at that north corner of the field and climb up to the shelter located on the ridge about 2.5 miles away. You climb up into a brook valley on an old benched roadbed, eventually cross the brook and grind up trough rock gardens and some steep pitches to the ridge at about 2100ft, make a right on the doubletrack and roll about 200 yards to the shelter. From there, starting right behind the lean-to is singetrack that drops down the ridge. You momentarily hit 4 wheeler trail make a right, climb for minute literally and pick up the singletrack again on your left. From here it's a couple miles of rolling terrain that will spit you out directly into the back of the old ski hill at the old concrete lift footing. From there pick up the orange trail 20 yards to the right...rip that down to yellow to green...it al flows together real nice. should be about a 2 hour ride. I think it's about 10 miles with some stiff climbing that includessome rocky, washed out quad tral. Lots of tracks out there, should be able to follow the loop pretty easy once you ind the PMT.
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    why would you not just take the fireroad to the top? its steep but its not washed out at all...... you could do 3 complete top to bottoms in hour in half that way instead of doing one top to bottom in 2 hours.

    Epic and Paul from Iride did your way and said it was pretty much the suck. but if you like washed out quad track sure than take davevts way...... I personally would rather lap quicker with less shittiness.

    Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Norwich University trails reallly climby forgot to turn on my GPS for the second lap down. near Northfield | Times and Records | Strava you can easily do 30 minutes laps there. this was during the rainy days of early July and was walking bits so I imagine now in the dry it should be faster. If you Chris H I bet you could do a sub 23 minute lap...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
    why would you not just take the fireroad to the top? its steep but its not washed out at all...... you could do 3 complete top to bottoms in hour in half that way instead of doing one top to bottom in 2 hours.

    Epic and Paul from Iride did your way and said it was pretty much the suck. but if you like washed out quad track sure than take davevts way...... I personally would rather lap quicker with less shittiness.

    Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Norwich University trails reallly climby forgot to turn on my GPS for the second lap down. near Northfield | Times and Records | Strava you can easily do 30 minutes laps there. this was during the rainy days of early July and was walking bits so I imagine now in the dry it should be faster. If you Chris H I bet you could do a sub 23 minute lap...
    Unless you do the climb through the ravine on the backside, there is no other way to access the "Goat" trail in the proper direction of flow. What your strava link shows is you lapping the frontside machine-built trails, which is fine and dandy, but it misses nearly 2 miles of sweet, flowy, backcountry singletrack that IMHO really adds to the ride. The loop Dave describes is illustrated in the link below, it took me 1:19 on my singlespeed, and I'm a good bit slower than you are (altho you're 15 years younger than me, and a much more aggressive rider). I agree the sweaty rock garden climbs aren't for everyone, but I don't mind them - to each his own tho. I also agree that the old-school stuff (can't believe I'm saying that) isn't for everyone, which is fine by me. Let the frontside get all the traffic and preserve the more fragile singletrack.
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