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han-grrl
09-10-2007, 04:37 PM
Just got back from a great camping trip in Burke vermont to ride the kingdom trails. http://www.kingdomtrails.org/

The trails are swoopy and fun. I really liked Jbar, old web and Tap n die. But they are all a lot of fun.

hopefully i will have pictures up soon...

SheFly
09-11-2007, 08:40 AM
Kingdom Trails ROCK! DH grew up around the corner from there, so we have been riding those trails for a number of years. We just spent the Labor Day weekend up there, and had so much fun! Click here (http://twoadventures.blogspot.com/2007/09/visit-to-kingdom.html)for my write up and pics.

Han-Grrl - did you ride Sidewinder? That trail makes me giggle like a 10 year old.

SheFly

Over50Newbie
09-11-2007, 04:28 PM
It sure looks like fun!

Do they have trails for true beginners? Do they grade the trails like skiing (beginner, intermediate, expert)?

Just like I don't like to ski the skinny trails in the woods, because I get scared that I am going to hit a tree, I wouldn't want to bike a skinny little trail that is going downhill for the same reason.:eek:

But I LOVE the idea of biking something that would make me "giggle like I am a kid again."

So, what do you think? Do I need to become more comfortable on my bike before I could go there?

I don't have a mountain bike, but I have a hybrid bike with nubby tires. Would that work?

I couldn't find any trail maps on their site, but I see that I could buy one. So any help that you could lend me is very much appreciated.

Thanks,

Lynette

han-grrl
09-11-2007, 05:34 PM
I wouldn't recommend doing those trails (or the ones i did anyway) on a hybrid). The trails are mostly single track.


Shefly- yes we did sidewinder. It took me a couple of the turns to get my flow, it was fun, but my favorite was still Jbar (i like rooty technical!) and old web (or web, i always mixed that up!)

Smile!
Han

anakiwa
09-17-2007, 05:31 PM
It sure looks like fun!

Do they have trails for true beginners? Do they grade the trails like skiing (beginner, intermediate, expert)?

Just like I don't like to ski the skinny trails in the woods, because I get scared that I am going to hit a tree, I wouldn't want to bike a skinny little trail that is going downhill for the same reason.:eek:

But I LOVE the idea of biking something that would make me "giggle like I am a kid again."

So, what do you think? Do I need to become more comfortable on my bike before I could go there?

I don't have a mountain bike, but I have a hybrid bike with nubby tires. Would that work?

I couldn't find any trail maps on their site, but I see that I could buy one. So any help that you could lend me is very much appreciated.

Thanks,

Lynette

Speaking from experience the trails can be a little scary for beginners- I don't think I'd want to do them on a hybrid either. That said I'm pretty sure there are a ton of dirt roads around Burke (and you'd probably be really happy on a hybrid there).

Over50Newbie
09-17-2007, 06:57 PM
Thanks Guys,

Sounds like this place is out of my league. :(

I will stick to the nice flat "rails-to-trails" with my trusty hybrid.

Lynette

karatemom
06-26-2008, 05:34 AM
Do they have trails for all levels? I LOVE technical, root-y stuff, I love jumping over stuff, and I love rocks! But I'm not very fast. Me and a couple of friends were thinking of going up there this summer. Are the trails marked? Like, how do you know what you're getting into? Also, I really have no sense of direction. Are they loops, so you can get back to civilization? ;)

SheFly
06-26-2008, 11:44 AM
Do they have trails for all levels? I LOVE technical, root-y stuff, I love jumping over stuff, and I love rocks! But I'm not very fast. Me and a couple of friends were thinking of going up there this summer. Are the trails marked? Like, how do you know what you're getting into? Also, I really have no sense of direction. Are they loops, so you can get back to civilization? ;)

If you like doing technical trails (rooty and climbing), you will be fine at the Kingdom Trails. You don't have to go fast, and the system is really fun.

Stop in at the Kingdom Trails Association in East Burke (you need a trail pass), and when you buy the pass, they will give you a map of the trails. All of the trails are VERY well marked - it would be hard to get lost in there. The trails are also rated, like x-country ski trails - green dots, blue squares and black diamonds.

Good luck, and have a great time! You'll have a blast.

SheFly

MtnBikerChk
06-26-2008, 04:05 PM
If you like doing technical trails (rooty and climbing), you will be fine at the Kingdom Trails. You don't have to go fast, and the system is really fun.

Stop in at the Kingdom Trails Association in East Burke (you need a trail pass), and when you buy the pass, they will give you a map of the trails. All of the trails are VERY well marked - it would be hard to get lost in there. The trails are also rated, like x-country ski trails - green dots, blue squares and black diamonds.

Good luck, and have a great time! You'll have a blast.

SheFly

I'd also add that if you ride the rocky rooty stuff anywhere in New England, you'll feel right at home at KT.

We're going 4th of July weekend! WOO HOO!!!!!!

And when you buy your trail pass, ask if they have any Louis Garneau outlet coupons and then hit the outlet!!

Louis Garneau USA Inc.

1352, East Main Street, Box 755
Newport, Vermont
U.S.A. 05855
Phone: (802) 334-5885
Phone: 1-800-448-1984
Fax: 1-802-334-6425

Tuckervill
06-26-2008, 07:09 PM
When I saw this thread come up I went and looked up the website...sent them an email, and they responded right away. I'm going in September. It's going to be GREAT!

Karen

bluebug32
07-14-2008, 12:38 PM
I'm heading up in two weeks. I look forward to it every summer (and hitting the Louis Garneau outlet).

Tuckervill
07-15-2008, 05:54 AM
Okay, here's a question. I was reading the site for Burke and it said there was a lot of smooth trails, too. This thread said rocky/rooty is there, too. Which is it? Both?

I'd like to do some smooth trails because I haven't ridden my mtn bike a lot this year, and it's a hard tail. And I'll be by myself.

Karen

bluebug32
07-15-2008, 06:18 AM
I think rocky and rooty is relative to where you're used to riding. I ride in very rocky and rooty conditions in the northeast so parts of KT feel super smooth to me. The good thing about KT is that there's something for everyone. There are trails that are predominantly made of sand, while others (like the ones on Burke Mountain) are filled with roots and other fun technical stuff. But, for the most part, the trails are fairly smooth and you won't have to manual over logs, etc.

You can go into the main office and tell them what kind of ride you're looking for and how long you want to be out. Chances are good that the person behind the counter helped build the trail and they're great at mapping out the perfect route for you. Plus, it's virtually impossible to get lost up there because everything is so well marked and the trails have a difficulty diamond rating too and even the black diamonds aren't too technical and difficult.

Tuckervill
07-15-2008, 09:51 PM
I sent an email to them at Burke and they said virtually what you said. I was checking to make sure it was okay with them if I rode alone, and what kind of trails I was looking forward to. I'm gonna have fun no matter what I do, but since I've been riding road mostly, it's going to be hard to take it easy! I'll want to go fast, but speed maims and injures, if I'm not careful!

Karen

bluebug32
07-16-2008, 06:05 AM
Up there you can go fairly fast and not worry too much. Everything is very well marked and there are no big surprises in the trails. You'll still get a good workout, as there are some good climbs built in.

Have you booked a room somewhere yet? They seem to fill up fast.

It's a great atmosphere because the whole town is pretty much there to bike or to support bikers. The first time we went, we ended up meeting another couple on the trail and riding with them for a few days.

Tuckervill
07-16-2008, 07:48 AM
Do you think I should worry about booking a room in September? I'll probably be camping, anyway.

Karen

bluebug32
07-16-2008, 08:07 AM
If you want a room in town, I would definitely book asap especially if it's for a weekend. We like to stay at the Village Inn and generally book a few months in advance. The town has definitely been discovered! I've heard positive things about the camping sites.

TahoeDirtGirl
07-17-2008, 11:52 AM
Would this be a good place to bring a very beginner person? I have been thinking of getting my Mr. Marathon on a mtn bike on some tame trails-as I would suspect they probably rent bikes there too? That would be ideal...

MtnBikerChk
07-17-2008, 02:34 PM
Would this be a good place to bring a very beginner person? I have been thinking of getting my Mr. Marathon on a mtn bike on some tame trails-as I would suspect they probably rent bikes there too? That would be ideal...

sure! the trails are rated for difficulty!

SheFly
07-22-2008, 12:44 PM
Would this be a good place to bring a very beginner person? I have been thinking of getting my Mr. Marathon on a mtn bike on some tame trails-as I would suspect they probably rent bikes there too? That would be ideal...

How beginner is beginner? There are definitely some pretty good climbs in whatever trails you decide to tackle at the Kingdom Trails. While not necessarily uber-technical, there are some tricky parts that you will encounter. That said, I took a beginner with me last year, and she had a great time, riding most of the trails I would normally ride (including the black diamonds). She is in pretty good shape, though.

Oh - and camping at Burke can fill up fast, too. Be sure to check if you are planning a trip in Sept - you could run into leaf-peepers.

SheFly

han-grrl
07-22-2008, 03:25 PM
we are going on August 1-4th!!

and i love the LG outlet too - its sooo awesome there i bought so much last year, now i need new shorts this year (BREAATTHE)...ok

so...when are you doing?


I'm heading up in two weeks. I look forward to it every summer (and hitting the Louis Garneau outlet).

han-grrl
07-22-2008, 03:26 PM
based on what i ride here, those trails are fairly smooth. there are a "few" roots, but not that many.


Okay, here's a question. I was reading the site for Burke and it said there was a lot of smooth trails, too. This thread said rocky/rooty is there, too. Which is it? Both?

I'd like to do some smooth trails because I haven't ridden my mtn bike a lot this year, and it's a hard tail. And I'll be by myself.

Karen

bluebug32
08-04-2008, 01:08 PM
Just posted some pics from our trip last week:

http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showthread.php?p=347413#post347413

TreeSaw
08-04-2008, 04:05 PM
We just returned from the Kingdom Trails and they were a little slick & muddy from all the rain, but good none-the-less.

han-grrl
08-04-2008, 06:33 PM
I just got back from the Kingdom Trails in Vermont. They have had a ton of rain there. The trails on Burke Mountain are closed, and several in the Darling system are closed as well. some of these are not wet, they are SUBMERGED in water.

Check their website
http://www.kingdomtrails.org/index.html

and email to find out the conditions before booking your trip.

The trail managers said they really should close off all the trails, BUT they can't. It seems they are rotating closures, keeping people off certain trails some days (smart) and letting things drain.

many trails are now eroded and rutted.

lets hope for a drier Autumn!

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My favorites:

Mansion view - hard steep climbing with an awesome view at the top, and a fun descent on the way down
Pastore
Pines - Leatherwood - Beat Bog - nice long technical sections
Sidewinder - WEEEEEEEE!
and climbing up WEst branch and doing it again

old webs - reminds me of Albion Hills, nice little loop to play on

Kichel (sp?) - weeeeeeeeee although showing some erosion with the rain

I liked Widowmaker too.

bluebug32
08-06-2008, 06:33 AM
According to their website, everything is now closed! Looks like we all chose the right time to go to KT before all the rain.

han-grrl
08-07-2008, 05:38 PM
some pics as promised

some muddy bike parts
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll240/shortyhan/muddyBB.jpg

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll240/shortyhan/muddycrank.jpg

and me navigator through the trails!
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll240/shortyhan/IMG_0968.jpg

ikkin
09-22-2008, 12:54 PM
just got back from a trip to KT. what a cool place. sidewinder trail is ridicuously fun. i don't think you can ride that trail and not be smiling when you're done.

as a whole, i didn't think KT was overly technical, especially compared to the rocky rooty jarring trails we usually ride in southern NH. most was smooth fun swoopy singletrack. and psssst: heaven's bench to ridge etc., etc. is a BEAUTIFUL ride.

stayed at the NICEST CAMPSITE I HAVE EVER BEEN TO. Oregon Brook Road Camping. What a place!

a sampling of pics from our weekend is here (http://picasaweb.google.com/sean.nieves/AnniversaryI?authkey=sxuHym_bVdg#):