Top three reasons to mountain bike in Vermont
Flowy singletracks, bermed downhills, and insane technicals
Home to the crown jewel of East Coast mountain biking
Every trails promises great fun and picturesque scenery
Set in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Kingdom Trails feature some of the best trails in the US — have some fun on mellow singletrack, fun moderate rides over wooded tracks or adrenaline-fueled, crazy technicals. Explore some of the most famous trails on Darling Hill and Burke Mountain, such as the black diamond Dead Moose Trails. Relax and combine a couple of scenic rides featuring scenic meadows and rivers. Spread over 100 miles of diverse terrain, this trail network allows you to combine a 20-mile ride one day and a super technical trail the next. Find out more about Vermont’s best mountain biking destination from Christsonthy Drellos, a MTB Guide and owner of Blue Sky MTB.
July through August
Lyndonville, VT, is 10 minutes away from the trailhead
Beginner to intermediate
Choose how you spend your day
Beginner Co-Ed Skills Clinic: Descending With Confidence
Join your expert guides on this clinic geared towards beginner riders. Master the basics of mountain biking, such as body position, braking, descending, shifting technique and more useful tools to help you take your riding skill to the next level. Enjoy the scenery and explore the beautiful beginner-friendly singletrack that the Kingdom Trails has to offer!
Intermediate Co-Ed Skills Clinics: Descending With Confidence
Join your guide for an afternoon of skill building and feel more confident on your mountain bike while descending on singletrack terrain! This intermediate course will explain in depth proper body position and bike body separation, advanced braking techniques, line choice, and so much more. Practice your newly-acquired skills in a safe and fun environment and go home with a new set of skills under your belt!
Intermediate Women's Skills Clinic: Intro to Jumping
Whether you are an intermediate rider interested in learning how to jump 3-4 foot table top style jumps, a beginner who wants to learn jumping techniques, or a more advanced rider who wants to hone their jumping skills, this clinic will be perfect for you! Learn the fundamentals of getting your wheels off the ground with confidence. Let your certified guide take you for a morning of skill building!
Meet your guides
Christsonthy DrellosChristsonthy Drellos
Blue Sky MTB
Blue Sky MTB
Things to know
COVID-19 measures in Kingdom Trails, Vermont
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Kingdom Trails, Vermont, please refer to the Vermont Department of Health.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
This is what you get on this adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- A half-day of riding a mountain bike
What’s not included:
- Meals and snacks
- Bike rentals
- Kingdom Trails Day Pass
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be able to pedal for three to four hours. Even the easy tours require that riders be fit enough to pedal up some rising terrain.
For the beginner clinics, it is important that you can keep balance and pedal for several hours. You’ll learn everything else over the course of the clinic.
For the intermediate clinics, you will have to have mastered flat pedals and be able to ride relatively well in technical areas. Over the course, you will get better at steeper and more technical trails that may contain larger technical trail features, drops and high speed cornering.
What if I’ve never mountain biked before?
To book this adventure, all riders, regardless of age or height, must be capable of operating hand brakes and shifting gears. A guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trail. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!
What about required equipment?
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Bike tights
- Biking shorts
- A riding jersey or t-shirt
- Windbreaker or light jacket
- Two pairs of breathable socks.
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Water bottle or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Bike repair kit
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material.
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this adventure, you will join a group and the max client to guide ratio will be 8:1. The tours are not private and cost is per person.
- The costs do not decrease as your group grows.
- Mountain biking in Kingdom Trails can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Kingdom Trails, most people fly to Burlington International Airport (BTV / KBTV), just under 2 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle to get to the Kingdom Trails.
Your guide will suggest the best time and place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location.