The GMT Loop

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  4.6 from 5 votes
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Rank: #2 in the Green Mountain Trails (GMT) area
#11 in VT, #751 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Pittsfield,
“This is the premier GMT tour: great views, stellar riding.”
Matt Baatz on Dec 3, 2013
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14.323.0 milesKilometers 1,769’539 m Ascent 1,797’548 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
90% Singletrack -1,769’-539 m Descent 805’245 m Low 28% Max Grade (16°)
2:00 average time for 14.4 miles. Details

Swoops down and launches you off some rollers before a short grunt up. You coast down a splasher which turns onto a long serpentine singletrack and a ferny climb without the burn.

Continue up and through a bushy tunnel and over thin, buff track to a fun tight twister before making the final push to the bald summit and a classic Green Mountain panorama.

Jam and juke over some rock and roots. Transition onto a giddy corkscrew of a berm run. Grind up a couple switchbacks before rolling through a savage back woods trail. Cross a waterfall and rail the berms all the way home.
Descend Barn Dance on the jeep road to the left of the wheel totem and cross Fuster's Field continuing to the river. Ascend Stairs/ Escalator making a right at Riverside Run intersection. Watch for the turnoff to Crazy Mazie after a fast straightaway. The trail merges onto Noodle's Revenge which crosses the snowmobile trail several times, but be sure to keep to the singletrack.

Noodles transitions into Upper Noodles following a relatively level section of snowmobile trail. Bear left back onto singletrack switchbacks to the second best overlook on the system. Come out to the junction of several trails, cross the snowmobile trail and make a sharp left onto Luvin It. Climb the switchbacks to its conclusion.

Take a right and follow the summit loop to the top. The views are spectacular so be sure not to miss this part of the adventure. Continue across the summit past the outhouse and keep left, rejoining the road and descending towards a hemlock stand. Make a right into the Labyrinth, classic, but brief, rooty, rocky tech.

Turn right onto Warman and corkscrew down the tight berms, then bear right onto Stonewall. Make a second ascent of Luvin It, with either the option of cutting the climb short using the Fusters connector trail or continuing towards the top and descending Upper Fuster's which is stacked with berms, rollers and bumps along its entire length.

Fusters Trail has a rugged, rolling, flowing backwoods feel for its three miles and concludes with a beguiling waterfall at the ravine. Exit and hook a left back onto Stairs/ Escalator for yet another fun berm run to the river. Ascend Barn Dance back to the trailhead.
Local Club: Pittsfield MTB Club
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PHOTOS of The GMT Loop
  4.4 from 5 votes
Looking out from the cabin into mountain biking bliss in the Greens. (Pittsfield, VT)
  4.0 from 3 votes
Rolling over a table top before railing another berm on Warman. (Pittsfield, VT)
  4.0 from 3 votes
Ripping one of many bermed corners on Upper Fusters. (Pittsfield, VT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Down The Rabbit Hole (Pittsfield, VT)
  3.5 from 4 votes
An early summer morning's ride down Fusters from the summit. Sweet ride! (Pittsfield, VT)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Another swooping switchback on Fusters Trail! (Pittsfield, VT)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Cruising down the ferny flow of Noodles. (Pittsfield, VT)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Dropping into Barn Dance from the trailhead. Bike wheel sign totem pokes... (Pittsfield, VT)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Roland Run is very rolly before it gets gnarly, but even that is rollable. (Pittsfield, VT)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Mid -Mountain Overlook while riding the GMT Loop (Pittsfield, VT)