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Darling Hill Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (21) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice introduction to the Kingdom Trails Darling Hill side in East Burke.


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Map Key

13.3

Miles

21.5

KM

90%

Singletrack

1,129' 344 m

High

782' 238 m

Low

1,538' 469 m

Up

1,534' 468 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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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.

Shared By:

Logan Watts

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Photos

Killer edit at Kingdom Trails produced by T-Bar Films.
Sep 30, 2015 near Lyndonv…, VT
Kingdom Trails!
May 4, 2018 near Lyndonv…, VT
By the Wildflower Inn.
Aug 17, 2013 near Lyndonv…, VT
Looking down on Sidewinder trail. @ Kingdom trails.
Feb 26, 2014 near Lyndonv…, VT
Coming in to the meadow on Darling Hill.
Aug 17, 2013 near Lyndonv…, VT
Nice ladder bridges on East Branch.
Aug 17, 2013 near Lyndonv…, VT

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Oct 3, 2020
Jason Shipley
May 25, 2019
Juli Hamblin
Apr 3, 2019
Bill Hoffman
Sep 22, 2018
PASCAL Fortin
Aug 12, 2018
Chase Brewer
Aug 8, 2018
zac halden
Awesome network. Strong biking culture. Favs: Kitchel, Rim, Fence Line, Troll Stroll, and Sidewinder. Definitely best to go North to South. 20mi
Aug 4, 2018
Darrin Purcell
wow...hard to believe places like this exist. this community has a single purpose, great mtb trails. wish I had had more time. beautiful place. 12.9mi
Jul 27, 2018
Paul Gamache LAc