The GMT Loop

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14.3 Miles 23.0 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

1,769' 539 m

Ascent

-1,769' -539 m

Descent

1,797' 548 m

High

805' 245 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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This is the premier GMT tour: great views, stellar riding.

Matt Baatz

Overview

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.

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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.

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Jun 25, 2016
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Really fun day on the GMT Loop on 7/25. Long, but very manageable climbing for this weekend warrior, led to some of the most fun I've had going downhill on a bike. 15 miles 3 hours of moving time. GMT Loop discription here was great, but stop by the store to pick up a map for $6 (right on the checkout counter.) We did do the river crossing but would suggest the official advice below to take VAST down to Noodles Revenge. (It doesn't look like the bridge will be back anytime real soon (a big span) so maybe the loop description should get updated for first timers?) If I were to/when I do it again I would end by heading up Escalator and then down Noodles Revenge. Seems like it would be a fun swoopy way to end the day particularly if your ride was parked at Riverside Farm. Jul 27, 2015


Thanks Mike. And I think it is time for an update. Appreciate the heads up. Aug 9, 2015


Is the bridge still out or is the water level low enough not to worry about it THANKS Aug 2, 2016


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