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13.3 mile 21.5 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,538' 469 m
Descent: -1,534' -468 m
High: 1,129' 344 m
Low: 782' 238 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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

Logan Watts

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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.


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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Apr 3, 2019
Bill Hoffman
Sep 22, 2018
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
Jan 30, 2018
Michael Greenblatt
Jan 4, 2018
Antoine Parent

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Hey Logan this is great! I ride much of the stuff local to me here in Chittenden County, but have been meaning to take the drive to KT. I tried to load the GPX file, but got a "general error". I was able to "fix" the GPX by running it through to create a new GPX which worked well for me. Not sure what the issue is. Aug 22, 2013
Thanks! Hmm, maybe because they haven't approved it yet, not sure. I am still adding trails from the loop. Aug 22, 2013

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