Enchanted Forest Lollipop Loop (Mad River Riders’ Intermediate Loop): Enchanted Forest – Dana Hill Rd – Cyclone Connector – Enchanted Forest
Moderate, 3.4 miles and +/- 400 vertical feet (open seasonally for mountain biking from late May to mid-November)
This fun lollipop loop for aspiring riders is a mix of Class IV road and wider trails, with easier stretches, moderately technical rock features and a few stream crossings in fun rolling terrain. Enter the Enchanted Forest trail from the parking area at the top of Tucker Hill Rd, off Rt 17, cross stream on narrow bridge, then climb under a powerline and maple sap lines to a rocky high point. Descend through open mixed hardwoods leading into a stand of pines. Stay straight at Cyclone Connector, continue downhill through pines to Dana Hill Rd (Dana Hill Rd. has light vehicular traffic). Go left on Dana Hill Rd, descend briefly and then climb to another Cyclone Connector intersection, on the left side of the road. Take this left turn off Dana Hill Rd, climb past the Cyclone entrance, continue up, then traverse to the Enchanted Forest intersection. Go right on Enchanted Forest, climb to the rocky high point and descend back to the parking area. Check out the stone structures on Enchanted Forest, built by Sustainable Trailworks. What was mud is now a work of art.
Trail Manager: The Mad River Riders and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association build and maintain these trails on Camel’s Hump State Forest land, but they are also open for other non-motorized uses such as hiking and snowshoeing. www.madriverriders.com.