Category Archives: Trail Running

Variable conditions

Update: 3/12/18: Trails are primarily snow covered and will have another fresh coating of snow today/tomorrow. Rutland is in the 5-8″ range.

Update: 2/27/18: Trails are extremely tender with the freeze/thaw cycles are are experiencing. Please NO bikes of any kind when sun is out and temps are above 28 degrees.  Hikers please walk though the mud and not around as it widens the trail.  Voldemort is closed till late spring.

Update: 2/23/18: Major melt mid-week left us with mud, dirt, ice, slush, snow. Please NO bikes if temps are above 28 as the trails are starting to unthaw where the sun hits them all day. Please be kind to our trail system.

Update: 2/18: We had TONS of snow in early February. Skiing, snowshoeing was awesome. Now we’ve had a week of warm. About  4″ of snow 2/17- on top of firm but not super icy crust. We have had rain and warm last week so condense snow pack.

Point being conditions are all over the place for the next week to 10 days. Long range weather is saying early March could bring us a stormy pattern. We will see. It’s Vermont, wait a day if you don’t like the weather.


Fat biking is ok, studs highly recommended as of January 29, 2018. There is a lot of ice, hard packed snow, frozen dirt.  If you’re hiking micro spikes really recommended and sprayed with silicone of PAM spray to keep the snow from sticking to them.


A Puzzle is Complete !

Jigsaw gets its name from all the intricate rock work built by our volunteers.

Our newest trail “Jigsaw” is now open.  Thanks to the hard work of our heroes—dedicated volunteers who put in nearly 1800 hours of work this summer.

The trail is over 1250 feet with another 200 feet of optional trail.  There are 9 rock rideovers and a really cool cliff section. There’s also a ton of rock work that you can’t see that lies under the trail bed for drainage.

One of the Youth Works groups that spent some long, wet days in the woods to get this trail built.
We had a team of 2017 cadets from the 2017 Vermont State Police who did some very heavy lifting.

We can’t thank our volunteers nearly enough for all the sweat and blood they left behind.  Here’s a small tribute. Thank you Keith Wight and Shelley Lutz for focusing all the effort where it was needed and again to Shelley for all the photos and video skills:

Experience Jigsaw for yourself. Signs are now up for easier location. Look for it at intersections 36 & 42.

If you’d like to join the ranks of our Elite Trail Heroes, there’s a chance coming up on Saturday August 26.
Check out the details here.

Help us with Southern Cross

We are planning a community work day for Saturday August 26 to create another connection between the Pine Hill Park trails and Redfield trails.

The plan is to rake and clear out a connector between Dewey Wood Road and Ridge Runner on the Redfield Trails. We are re-establishing an old connector between the two trails.

Not a lot of heavy work is anticipated. Mostly raking and clearing leaves and brush. 8:15AM to noon. Meet in the parking lot. Bring water, mosquito repellent.

Link to event on Facebook

Powerlines in the park

Green Mountain Power will be working on the powerlines in the park this winter. Please DO NOT park at the end of Evergreen Ave starting Tuesday, December 27th till the end of February. GMP will be moving in large machinery and stone and need room to move vehicles.

Mountain bikers be aware on Underdog as GMP will be putting a very large mat down across the trail to move machinery. This will protect the trail.

Thank you for your cooperation.