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Hogback Mountain Trails

Central Region
Green Mountain National Forest

Romantic
Directions & Trail Description

Locations: Marlboro, VT. Halfway between Goshen and Ripton on the Goshen-Ripton Road.

Length/Configuration: 3.5 mile loop.

Terrain/Surface: Groomed cross-country ski trails.

Technical Difficulty: Beginner to Moderate. good challenge for advancing beginner riders.

Elevation Change: Max. elevation change is 200 ft.

Caution: Trail is shared with hikers and horses. the trail follows a road briefly so watch out for vehicles.

 

Hogback Mountain Trail Map

Note: This trail map is a graphical representation designed for general reference purposes only. Read Full Disclaimer.

Directions:

Vermont Route 7 to Brandon. At Brandon take Route 73 east for 5.5 miles to Forest Road 32. Turn north on FR 32 (also called Town Hill Road). Turn right onto Forest Road 27 and proceed to parking. You can also proceed on FR 32 (becomes the Goshen-Ripton Rd.) to the Blueberry Hill Inn and Cross Country Ski Center.

 

General Description:

Mountain bike the Hogback Mountain Trail nestled high in the Moosalamoo region of the Central Green Mountains. The trail is part of the Blueberry Hill XC Ski trail network. The trails wind around Hogback Mountain (2,285 ft) and Sugar Hill (2,060 ft). If you like blueberries and your mountain bike rides with mountainous aura .... mmmmmmm and I do, you'll be interested to know that the Hogback Mountain Trail travels through the Blueberry Management area and winds around Hogbackback Mountain for a 360 degree scenery sweep.

The entire southern end of Hogback Mountain is covered with wild blueberry bushes. Every spring, areas of Hogback Mountain are burned off in order to propagate more fruit. The trick is to do this ride at just the right time. Blueberry picking season usually happens around the end of July and early August. By late-July most of the berries are ripe for picking.

 

Hogback Mountain Trail Description

Hogback Mountain Trail: 3 miles round trip. Average ride time is 1 – 1 ½ hours.

The trail begins on Forest Road FR 224 at the Blueberry Management Area. This is an excellent trail for beginner riders who want to advance their mountain bike skills. The trail is comprised of all wide, cross-country ski trails that are well maintained and basically free of obstructions. The trail travels through The Blueberry Management Area where wild blueberries grow in abundance.

There is an elevation gain of only about 400 feet at the beginning of the ride, but stick it out and you will be rewarded. The trail levels out and gently rolls with some gradual ascents and descents, winding through various timber communities, woods, stands of white birch trees and open clearings with scenic views of the mountains to the east and south.

 

 

For more information:

Green Mountain National Forest
231 N. Main St.
Rutland, VT 05701

Phone: (802) 747-6700

 

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