Update: May 1st: Thank you for being patient. Park is open but quietly-basically people reading the webpage will know or word of mouth. TrailHUB and social media will hear it week of May 6th. Watkins Wood Rd is really wet up near Svelte Tiger intersection so please walk in the mud/water do not leave a tire rut.
Update: April 30th: Park is still closed to all bikes. We are working on two trails to get water off the trail to get rid of the mud we’re experiencing. Thank you.
Update: April 23rd: Carriage Trail is closed to all users. Velco is putting up new power poles out near Muddy Pond and have asked us to stay away this week. Park is still wet so please NO bikes. Thank you.
Update: April 22: Please no bikes. We are patiently waiting for the rain stop for more than one day. Please come give us a hand Saturday, April 27th for our first community work day. Meet at the front entrance at 9AM. Tools and gloves will be provided.
April 13th: Please no bikes. We have a lot of rain coming Sunday/Monday that will keep trails particularly corners too damp to ride. Please be patient. Thank you.
Update April 11th: Please no bikes in the park. We are in the midst of our freeze/thaw cycles that raise havoc on the trails. Trails are drying out nicely but are still tender so please be kind and stay off with bikes. Thanks.
The tire ruts from bikes will let the water run down the rut, and that then washes away all our hard earned dirt. Dirt in the park is hard to come by. See this for more info! It’s all moved to the trail by volunteers using buckets and shovels.
Our first community work day is Saturday, April 27th, 9AM. Meet at the front entrance. We will provide gloves and tools.
There is no paid trail staff, there is no mini-excavator working to move dirt. Please do not ruin it for everyone else.
Community Bank gave us a very nice contribution this spring. We used it to purchase materials to build two benches for the park. Thank you to Augie Levins who built the benches and to all the other volunteers that helped move them.
One is located on Underdog powerline and the other one is on Droopy Muffin powerline. We have several other locations we would like to install the same type bench in the future.
The spring of 2019, the Rutland City Recreation Department is offering a new all-girls mountain biking program. Check it out!
Gritty Girls Mountain Bike Club: Grades 3-8; Sundays from 1-3pm, 4/28/2019 – 6/2/2019. Dates may change due to weather. Cost $35 for Rutland city residents; $46, non-residents. This all-girls club will be friendly and fun. Confidence, knowledge, and basic skills will be gained in a supportive, team environment. Includes t-shirt. Equipment loan and/or bike discounts are available. Get ready to ride the trails!
A huge thanks going out for an awesome job by the Rutland High Cross-Country team. Evergreen Fall ( a favorite training route for the team) is now a great trail not only for hiking & running but mountain biking too. Lots of improvements in drainage were also part of the upgrade.
Check it out on your next trip to the park and think of all the hard work these folks donated today to get it done.
We will not be removing leaves from the trails this year. We understand the leaves make the trails slippery. We have experimented with removing leaves and it really damages our trail system in Pine Hill Park in the long run. We blow what precious dirt we have off the trail and leaves then end up clogging the drainage’s that we work hard on keeping opening to let water escape the trail tread. Our soils are totally different than other areas and our trails benefit from leaving leaves on the trails. The leaves will get ground in as people ride, run and walk on them.
We appreciate your cooperation by riding, running, walking a touch bit slower.
This is an excellent video to explain why we do not remove leaves.
New skills track right at the front entrance is coming in nicely. It is not quite fully finished but in nice enough condition to ride in its current state. Check out some of the hard work by the local volunteers.
Thank you to Augie Levins for taking the project on for building a park bench. Community Bank donated money for two benches. One bench will go on the view point on Droopy Muffin and the other one will go on Underdog. There are more benches planned in the future.
We wouldn’t have our trail system today without Youth Works coming to Rutland every year. The hard work these folks put in without the benefit of using the trail system is amazing.
Summer of 2018 we have started a new trail near Intersection 36. It has about 1000′ of finished trail tread that still needs a few refinements next year. 2019 will bring another summer of working on this trail which when done will be roughly 3800′. It’s a very long, curvy trail that could use a lot more volunteers to complete it. We can only build about 1000′-1500′ of trail a summer depending on volunteer groups and weather.
Are you interested in learning how a trail comes to life?? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to become involved.
Pine Hill Partnership over sees the building and maintenance of Pine Hill Park, Redfield Trails and the Carriage Trail. We are ALL volunteers, we are not paid by Rutland Rec or Rutland City. We raise all our own money to build, maintain the park. Please consider helping out with contribution, labor is always needed. If you can run a chainsaw and have safety gear we would love to add you to our list of sawyers primarily for downed trees. Could we count on you? Contact email@example.com
August 15th, Stegosaurus will be closed for the day while we remove a couple of large dead oaks near Hour Glass Bridge. Please refrain from riding, hiking or trail running on Stego Wednesday. THANK YOU.