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Kingdom Trails: Darling Hill Loop

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  Intermediate/Difficult from 2 votes
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Rank: #1 in the Newport area
#1 in Vermont
#40 Overall
Featured Ride near West Burke village,  area, 
“A nice introduction to the Kingdom Trails Darling Hill side in East Burke.”
Logan Watts on Aug 17, 2013
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12.9 Miles 1,662’ Ascent 1,134’ High 4.9% Avg Grade
90% Singletrack -1,660’ Descent 777’ Low 11.6% Max Grade
Overview
The Kingdom Trails offer everything from twisty, wooded and loamy tracks to fully machined, bermed downhills. This loop is a great introduction.
Need To Know
A day pass to the private trails costs $15/per person. There are shuttles to various locations on the weekends.
Description
This is a nice big loop on the Darling Hill side. Although the trails are fairly well marked, definitely take a trail map as certain crossroads can get slightly confusing. With names like 'Tap 'n Die', 'Sidewinder' and 'Troll Stroll', these trails can be described in one word—'playful'. They are loads of fun and you would have to spend a lot of time in the saddle here to get tired of the 150+ miles of trails.

The trail starts out on the Wooded 'Herbs' trail where you climb through the loamy and beautiful forest to a high meadow. Here is the rest of the route, turn-by-turn:

- Herbs to 'Sugarhouse Run'
- Follow Sugarhouse Run and take a left on the quick up and down 'Beat Bog'
- Right on 'Vast' then onto 'Leatherwood'
- From the flowey 'Leatherwood' take a right and get back on 'Vast'
- Take a quick left on the fun 'East Branch' where some wooded switchbacks and a couple of ladder-bridges await
- Follow 'East Branch' all the way around by the river to 'Easy Out'
- Take a right, then take a right on 'Vast'
- Stay on 'Vast' for 1,000 ft or so and take a left on 'Bill Magill'
- 'Bill Magill' will lead you out of the woods to a large pasture where you'll climb and take a left on 'Heaven's Bench'. Take a break, check out the awesome Vermont views, then start the descent with a right on 'Ridge'
- From 'Ridge' take a right on 'Sugar Hill' where you'll follow all the way back to 'Vast'
- 'Vast' will take you across the road where you'll hang a right on 'Old Web's'
- 'Old Web's' will go from a quick traverse to a fast downhill that will spill you out by the snack stand that operates on weekends.
- Take a right, then a quick left on 'Hog Back'; this will get you to the one-way run called 'Sidewinder'
- 'Sidewinder' is a legendary huge, flowing trail that is in a gully and is a fast up and down, hair-raising wall-ride.
- Once you come out grinning, take a left and climb West Bench.
- From there you'll take 'Violet's Outback' to 'Fox Run' on the right, then a left on 'Bemis' along the ridge.
- From 'Bemis' drop in on the left to 'Tap 'n Die', an awesome downhill with berms, and a nice up and down gully.
- Then take a right on 'RIver Run', a right on 'River Walk' and climb back to the ridge at 'Loop'
- 'Loop' will take you out to the exit at the Wildflower Inn and Farm
- Take the East Darling Hill Road down the hill where you'll re-enter the trails at 'Sugarhouse Run'
- Take a left on 'Kitchel' and get ready to fly. Kitchel is a fun machine built berm playground that makes a nice finale to the loop.
History & Background
The Kingdom Trails, nestled in a remote Northeast corner of Vermont, were established by local residents and business owners to preserve their natural areas and promote economic growth in the area.
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COMMENTS
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5.0 (2)
A loop hitting most of the "fan favorite" trails.
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5.0 (3)
This is it! The big loop from the main trailhead.
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5.0 (2)
A great intermediate loop featuring the best singletrack in the area.
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PHOTOS of Kingdom Trails: Darling Hill Loop
 4.0 from 5 votes
By the Wildflower Inn. (West Burke village, VT)
 3.8 from 4 votes
Looking down on Sidewinder trail. @ Kingdom trails. (Lyndonville, VT)
 3.5 from 4 votes
Coming in to the meadow on Darling Hill. (West Burke village, VT)
 3.5 from 4 votes
Nice ladder bridges on East Branch. (Lyndonville village, VT)
 3.5 from 4 votes
Up Heaven's Bench. (Lyndonville village, VT)
 3.3 from 4 votes
Coming around a rock. (Lyndonville village, VT)
 3.3 from 4 votes
The last berm of Sidewinder. Small compared to the upper walls. (Lyndonville village, VT)
 3.3 from 4 votes
Looking east from Heaven's Bench. (Lyndonville village, VT)
 3.0 from 4 votes
Drop-in time on Tap 'n Die. (West Burke village, VT)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Darling Hill Chapel on a stormy day. Best trail rest stop anywhere. (Lyndonville, VT)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Looking over the farm. (Lyndonville, VT)
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