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The annual challenge around Burke and Umpire Mountains uses a linked loop of trails that starts on the Kirby Connector Trail above the Belmont Stock Farm on Kirby Rd.
Climb/Descent#1: Start on Kirby Connector and climb toward Burke Mountain and to Lower J-Bar. Descend Lower J-Bar. From Shelburne Lodge-Take Shire to Campton and the CCC Road climb which reaches 2200 feet altitude. At the CCC Road /V.A.S.T Trail intersection, turn right and descend into Victory for ¾ mile until it flattens out (Achtung! Steep with deep waterbars and leaves). Make sharp left over a large bridge with a gate onto a flat state logging trail. After 1 Mile CircumBurkers must portage and hop over Weir Mill Brook (No Bridge ).
Climb/Descent #2: 1/4 Mile after the bridgeless Weir Mill Brook portage, enter Victory Hill trail system and climb to 1800 ft elevation across pallet bridge, onto “Buckhut” singletrack until reaching the “Clodhopper” Trail Head. Descend on “Clodhopper” (1st Strava Enduro Section) continue onto “Lower Clodhopper” down to Weir Mill Brook V.A.S.T Trail which heads east to a logging road gate intersecting Victory Hill Rd.
Climb/Descent #3: Instead of going onto Victory Hill Rd. turn stay on the trails by following the arrows and turning left and beginning the climb upwards (for 2 miles). Cross a major logging road onto singletrack up to to 1950 feet elevation (where the switchbacks are machine built) and head down McGill’s Thrills (2nd Strava Enduro section) for a long 2 mile descent back to “the field” After a short climb to the spooky farmhouse, the route hits Feed Zone #3.
Return to East Burke: Head back towards East Burke via a gravel pit, the “Gold Trail” to the North Pasture Trail, Trillium, McGill Fields, onto the Pinkham Rd, to the Burke Mt. parking lot.
Final leg: Red Trail and Kirby Connector to Belmont Stock Farm.
Water in cups or directly from a cooler and an assortment of simple foods ranging for energy bars, bagels, VT made specialties, bananas, oranges and chips. If you require special food or beverages, please bring them.
Feed Zone#1: CCC/Bennett Rd.(VAST ) trail intersection on descent to Victory @mile 5 (Rough estimates).
Feed Zone #2: South end of field on Victory Hill@ mile 12 (CircumBurke Marathon 26ers only.
Feed Zone #3: North End of field on Victory Hill @mile 9 for CircumBurke 20, and @mile16 for Marathon.
Feed Zone#4: North Pasture Trail in E. Burke: Mile 14 and Mile 20 for CircumBurke Marathoners.
Final Waterstop: TBD.
Recently voted BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL NETWORK in North America by BIKE MAGAZINE in their annual Reader’s Poll, KT was also the Editor’s Choice in the 2011 Yankee Magazine Travel Guide to New England. Professional trail builders, safety and support staff as a well as the landowner hosts make the trail network possible. The trails system supports mountain biking, trail running, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and winter biking.
*Exact distance pending course finalization.