All bike traffic please stay off our tender trails. The freeze/thaw cycles are happening and trails are prone to rut. Which means more work for our hard working volunteers in the spring.
IS IN THE BOOKS!
The Rutland Cold Rolled Fat bike Festival went off snow-or-no-snow—and as usual, was a HOOT!
Cold Roll Rutland was a blast despite lack of snow for 2024.
The vendor village was full with cool stuff from Green Mountain bikes, Ranch Camp, Base Camp, Down Valley Bikes, Analog bikes, Porcupine bikes. Plus Appalachian Distillery from Middlebury came!
The aid station was at Rocky Pond which provided picturesque views to the north. Complete with Fiddlehead beer, snacks and Shelley’s chocolate peanut butter bars!
Despite the non-winter type weather folks had a good time. Yes, it would have been nice to ride on snow but for the most part trails were dry and in great shape.
More photos of the event can be found here.
Cold Roll for 2025 will be February 9th! Maybe we can conjure up some more winter type weather next year.
We are back in person in 2024!
Come join Pine Hill Partnership who is hosting our annual dinner to talk about up coming projects. We will have other organizations joining in the conversation to hear about what is happening in KMBC, WAMBA, SVT, GMT and ROC. Got all those acronyms???? Basically all the trail systems within less than an hour from Rutland.
We are holding on meeting Sunday, March 24th. At the Godnick Ctr, 1 Deer St, Rutland. Start time is 5pm with soup/chili being available for folks.
You do not need to be a current member of Pine Hill Partnership to attend.
Hope to see you there!
COLD ROLLED TIME!
Rutland Cold Rolled Fat bike Festival is back. Presented by Fiddlehead Brewing, and hosted by Mountain Bike Vermont and Pine Hill Partnership in Rutland, Vermont, Cold Rolled offers a day of fatbike stoke on cold-rolled single-track! Join us Sunday February 11th, 2024 as fat bikers from around New England and New York gather in Rutland to lead a charge with Old Man Winter, replete with group rides, demos, and hearty brews around warm fires.
The event will feature a vendor village, rides for all ages and abilities, and groomed trails for your fat biking pleasure. Group rides will begin at 10am at the Giorgetti Athletic Complex at 2 Oak Street Extension (the Pine Hill Trailhead) where we’ll also convene for lunch at 12:00 pm. The remote aid station (aka party central) will be located at the overlook and will feature a bonfire and our favorite mid-ride refreshers. Lunch at Giorgetti will be catered by our friends at Ranch Camp (Stowe, VT).
“We’re beyond excited to bring the Cold Rolled back to Pine Hill – this trail network has some of the best fat biking in the state, and the community rallies to maintain them all winter.” says event co-founder & Killington Valley local Nate Freund of MTBVT. “We’re stoked to bring the party to Rutland and introduce riders from around the northeast to these amazing trails!”
The $50 ticket price ($35 for the under 21 crowd) includes group rides, lunch (with both carnivorous and veggie options), and a signed original Cold Roll Rutland artist print. So air down those tires, break out the extra layers, and get ready to party MTBVT style.
We have closed Exit Strategy, Droopy Muffin steep hill-between Intersection 30 and 30A and Lichen Rock. We have problems with freeze thaw cycles on these particular trails throughout the winter into early spring. Please respect closed trails. Thank you your hard working volunteers.
We are an all volunteer organization that keeps the trails in Pine Hill Park in nice shape.
We are constantly working on drainage, downed trees being removed.
Your membership, contributions, donations all go directly back into Pine Hill Park. We have a lot of trail maintenance to get done in the next couple of years so your membership dollars and contributions will go directly back to the park.
We do have some cool swag associated with our membership levels. Dave Jenne our volunteer graphic person who does our maps, swag graphics and fantastic picture taking came up with Bone Spur this year.
Joining Pine Hill Partnership is easy! Check this link out! https://pinehillpartnership.org/membership/
We had a 3 week crew from VT Youth Conservation Corp. One week was a ‘pro crew’ a little bit of experience and just out of college. Then a two week Community Crew which are high school kids that go home at the end of the day. The ‘pro crew’ camped over at Lake St. Catherine this year. Too many mosquitoes for camping at the Rutland Rec Community Center.
We built rolling grade dips on a few trails along with pulling rocks and some resurfacing. The rolling grade dips help improve drainage so when the heavy rains come the rain is not running straight down the trail tread for miles. We’re catching the water with the rolling grade dip.
We pulled some rocks that were growing thanks to erosion and trail use. People were widening the trail in a few places by riding around the rocks. Snowdog doesn’t like hitting rocks jutting too far up either.
Some concerns over making some trails to easy. Remember the park is for everyone and it is a city park.
KSA Built has been in the park since the end of May. Rosey finished up Exit Strategy so we could get that open.
From Exit Strategy KSA Built moved to Casey’s Cross to put a culvert in to fix our perpetual mud area.
Broken Handlebar North was next up for a major tune up. The table top has been improved with an ‘A’ and ‘B’ line for an exit. The ‘B’ line jump at the bottom that flows really well. Further down the rock face there is now a ‘jump line’. Please look at this feature before attempting to hit it. There is no roll over it is a ‘jump’. The rest of Broken Handlebar North received a tune up as well with some hip jumps, log jump.
Table top above
Jump line which does not have a roll off feature!
REMEMBER: Pre-ride, free-ride, re-ride!!! Broken Handlebar is not an easy access for first responders.
Rosey’s Rollover landing area received a little TLC. Next year the rest of this trail will be improved to make it more fun to ride.
Upper Halfpipe has gotten a significant upgrade. Many of the features that had been built in 2008 all needed some TLC. Lower Halfpipe is getting tuned up as well.
Upper Halfpipe getting a small reroute for better flow
Lower part of Furlough will have some drainage issues resolved. The water current runs straight down the trail tread which is not good for the trail.
Aaron’s Air will also receive some TLC before KSA Built leaves for the season.
All this repair work has been through an ERSA grant through the state. Pine Hill Partnership is paying out of pocket $11,000 as the quote and bid came in at different prices due to diesel being more expensive. Please consider becoming a member or making a contribution to help cover these costs. https://pinehillpartnership.org/membership/
Youth mountain bike group checking it out.
Saturday, April 29th, 9AM meet at the front entrance. We will be working on Bone Spur doing finish work up near Milk Run/Watkins Wood Rd. This will be tilling and raking for our finished trail tread. And of course, new bark mulch for the front entrance gardens to make them look pretty!!! Hope to see you there!
Save the Date: A community B-B-Q is happening on Saturday, May 20th. We will have some guided rides and hikes starting at 10AM with food at 12:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come. Do your own ride or hike, then join us for food.