Killington is already stacked with great mountain biking, with downhill trails at the resort and epic pedaling nearby at the Green Mountain Trails and Pine Hill Park. The new Sherburne trails are posed to add something new: machine built flow from Sinuosity, the company that has brought us epic trails such as Cady Hill’s Snake and Mad River’s Evolution.
I met up with Ben Colona, the head of the Killington chapter of VMBA, Killington Mountain Bike Club. KMBC has been essential in the planning and execution of the trail. Funded by state and town grants, the Sherburne trails are being built in part of Gifford Woods State park. So far, approximately 2 miles of green level singletrack is done, with Sinousity working on a second trail that will be more intermediate level.
The trail that is in place is already excellent. While aimed at a beginner level, there is much to keep the advanced rider entertained. Fast flow, large berms, small jumps, and numerous well place rocks on the sides of the trail add to the fun. There is a well built mini tabletop near one of the intersections that is perfectly built.
I had the fortune of meeting Brooke Scatchard, owner of Sinuosity, in the parking lot. He very generously offered to show me around and took me up to the top where the next step in the trail system is being built, designed to be a more intermediate level. I was excited to find a two day old rough cut trail, with large rock features in play that look easy to ride but with potential to hit with style built it.
The long term plan for this trail system is exciting. There are plans for a 2.5 mile descent to be built next year; could Killington have its own version of Cady Hill’s Florence? Pending additional funding going through, however I feel like once riders get a taste of what Sherburne has to offer, there will be clamoring for more. If you are traveling to the area and have time to ride three places, I wouldn’t yet recommend skipping Pine Hill, GMT, or Killington DH. However in the near future, especially as more milage is added, that is likely going to change! Thank to Ben and Miranda for showing me around the new trail.