This loop incorporates the first half of the Walcott Trail around Burr Pond's northwest side then continues onto singletrack in Paugnut State Forest. The Main Loop returns to Burr Pond on singletrack up and away from the pond itself. Along the way, there are multiple spurs, many with rocky, technical features contributing to a total of about 16 miles of singletrack. There is also a continuation of the Walcott Trail down low around the other side of Burr Pond.
Need to Know
This loop winds around and crosses the blue-blazed John Muir hiking trail maintained by CFPA. Be courteous and yield to hikers. Aside from the Walcott Trail, all singletrack in the Burr Paugnut trail system was built and maintained by the Old Spokes Ride Crew (OSRC)—a bunch of guys over 50 with way too much time on their hands.
Due to the generally rocky terrain in the Burr Pond/Paugnut area, most of these trails call for solid intermediate and advanced riding skills. They are not conducive to beginners. The Walcott Trail around the pond is very rocky and rooty.
In Paugnut State Forest, the trails incorporate numerous rock features with some challenging rollovers and multiple wall rides, especially at the far end as trails climb and descend Walnut Mountain (off Guerdat Road), the highest point in Torrington.