Present Day

Stemming from a public meeting held by the Rutland Recreation Department in January, volunteers begin revitalizing the park.

The name Pine Hill Park is used based on old maps.
Existing trails cleared:
● Crusher Road
● Pond Road
● Watkins Wood Road
● Evergreen Fall
● Freefall
● Dewey Wood Road
● Overlook
● Lower Ledges
● Birches
● Upper Giorgetti
● Middle Giorgetti
● Sore Elbow

Entrance boardwalk built.
New Trails:
● Escalator

Six bridges were built on the Giorgetti trails in October – November. The bridge on Sore Elbow was built.
New Trails:
● Furlough
● Lonely Rock
● Rembrandt’s Brush
● Trillium
● Upper Ledges
● Svelte Tiger
● Droopy Muffin
● Backstairs
● Lower Giorgetti

New Trails:
● 999
● Backstairs (through quarry)
● Scramble
● Jersey Turnpike
● Santa’s Little Helper
● Tim’s Vista

Pine Hill Partnership is formed as a volunteer organization to steward the trails.
New Trails:
● Aaron’s Air
● Underdog
● Lower Giorgetti reroute
● Middle Giorgetti reroute
● Upper Giorgetti reroute

Pine Hill Partnership received 501(c)3 status. The Serpentine Bridge was built on Stegosaurus.
New Trails:
● Halfpipe
● PA4J
● Stegosaurus
● Upper Giorgetti reroute

The Suspension Bridge was built in September – October on Overlook. The Hourglass Bridge was built November – December on Stegosaurus.
New Trails:
● Annex
● Salamander
● Strong Angel
● Furlough reroute
● Jersey Turnpike reroute

The Seeping Ledge bridge was built on Svelte Tiger. The Armadillo Bridge was started in December on Birches.
New Trails:
● Broken Handlebar
● Overlook reroute
● Overlook Lichen Rock (started)

The Armadillo Bridge was finished on Birches. The Arch Bridge was built in September – October on Shimmer. The Centrifuge Bridge was started on Underdog.
New Trails:
● Sisyphus
● Quartzite
● Birches reroute

The Centrifuge Bridge was finished on Underdog.
New Trails:
● Shimmer
● Overlook Lichen Rock (finished)

New Trails:
● Voldemort
● 999 reroute
● Halfpipe reroute

New Trails:
● Exit Strategy

The Carriage trail officially opened in May.
New Trails:
● Annex reroute
● Sore Elbow reroute (phase 1)
● Trillium reroute
● Lower Giorgetti field entrance reroute

Further reading:
2014 Rutland Herald Article

2015: 3 miles of the Redfield Trails are opened at the invitation of the landowner (Mark Foley Sr.)

New Trails:

  • Sore Elbow reroute (YES, YW)

2016: An additional mile of trails opened on Redfield Trails.

New Trails:

  • Broken Handlebar rearrangement into two trails (YES)

Repair work: 

  • Nate Freund rebuilt waterbars with excavator on Pond Rd
  • Repair and raise 4 corners on Exit Strategy
  • Built berms on Sore Elbow Corners
  • REbuilt corners on Strong Angel
  • Rebuild corners on PA4J
  • Reroute Escalator and rebuilt corner
  • Rework Drainage on Furlough
  • Reroute Evergreen Fall
  • Natural fence on Escalator
  • New signs-thanks Keith Wight and Karl Fjeld
  • New Trail Map by Dave Jenne


New Trail: 

  • Jigsaw built by YES plan, Youth Works, VT State Trooper cadets, Youth Mtn bike group
  • Southern Cross rake and ride by College of St. Joseph’s and Green Mtn College single student

Repair Work: 

  • Rebuilt corner on Underdog GMP drove over
  • Fabian’s rebuilt waterbars on Pond Rd
  • Reworked turns on Svelte Tiger with Green Mtn College mountain bike group with Drew Bentley
  • Run out on Rembrandt’s Brush got some outslope reestablished by Rutland Area Christian School students
  • Lower corners on Evergreen Falls with RHSXC team
  • Fix It station installed
  • Hour Glass Bridge repaired
  • Fixed landing on Aaron’s Air
  • Pinch Point on Carriage Trail
  • Weed whacked Carriage Trail


New Trail: 

  • Called Milk Run because of milk crates found when laying the trail out
  • Built 1218’ with YES plan and Youth Works with 1639.5 volunteer hours and 423 volunteers

Repair Work: 

  • Repaired water issues on Overlook and Droopy Muffin
  • Removed large dead oaks near Hour Glass Bridge
  • Fixed muck hole on Rembrandt’s
  • Cleaned up more honey suckle at skills park 
  • Weed whacked the Carriage Trail 
  • Closed 3 trails for winter November 14th: LIchen Rock, steep hill on Droopy, Exit Strategy


New Trail: 

  • Exit Strategy had YES plan moving donated Omya fine limestone to resurface the trail
  • Milk Run had YES Plan one day to build two rock bridges on first section
  • Milk Run with Youth Works 1223 volunteer hours-this included one day of YES Plan, built 1000’ of trail

Repair Work: 

  • Escalator corners and drainage’s had some Omya material with dirt laid over the top
  • Stained signs that Karl Fjeld (High Pond Workworking)  made for us
  • Put new signs up
  • Built causeway on Dewey at Intersection 30 with RHS XC team

Winter of 2019/2020 joined The Mint and made more new trail signs


Year of COVID-19 all large volunteer groups did not happen

New Trail-Milk Run

  • March had us moving stone/gravel onto Omya material to try and siffen it up as it sloughed down and was a mess during freeze thaw cycles
  • June had 4 community work nights to move dirt on to part of Milk Run that hadn’t been finished
  • VYCC sent 4 trail crew leaders for two weeks at the end of July. Nate, Leonard and Shelley did finish work. Keith wight came down two days and helped out. Tom Yennerell came in for ½ day and helped move dirt: Finished 1418’ of trail with 515 hours
  • Opened Milk Run Sept 8th. Dirt was extremely dry and not staying in place. 
  • Did some repair work to Milk Run bench cut in October to get dirt back in place
  • Worked on Droopy covering some roots that were exposed on roll overs
  • Two benches went in on Overlook
  • Repaired drainage’s on Upper Giorgetti
  • Trails closed November 9, 2020. Lichen Rock, steep hill on Droopy, Exit Strategy


COVID-19 has eliminated large work groups again for this year. We will be relying on volunteers to help in the park.

  • We received a Recreational Trail Program Grant(RTP) that will pay for a 3 week VT Youth Conservation Corp crew in the summer of 2022. This crew will work on the new trail Maximum Capacity and Bone Spur. Maximum Capacity will run from Intersection 38 to Intersection 20. Bone Spur is a spur trail off Milk Run. Nikki Adams, Joel Blumenthal, Nicole Kesselring all had a big hand in writing the RTP grant.
  • Community work day in April brought many volunteers to help at the front entrance and move rocks for future banked corner on the lower part Milk Run.
  • Killington Mountain School students built the banked corner on the bottom of Milk Run bench cut and dug a lot of dirt to complete that corner.
  • Volunteers worked on lower ‘S’ turn on Milk Run.
  • Volunteers worked on Escalator laying down 3/8ths minus to improve the trail tread and improve drainage’s.
  • Volunteers worked many different trails to improve drainage’s this summer.
  • Volunteers have had to replace several stringers on Seeping Ledge bridge.
  • Kiosk is getting a nice new map


Spring brought a new boardwalk to the front entrance thanks to Naylor and Breen and volunteers. Thank you VT Orthopedic clinic for sponsoring our boardwalk

Community Work day took volunteers to repair water damage on Jigsaw

Killington Mountain School removed organic material off Maximum Capacity for VT Youth Conservation Corp who came in mid-summer to finish the trail

YES plan helped on Maximum Capacity in doing trail tread work and removing organic.

Volunteers laid 3/8ths minus at the front entrance to improve drainage

VT Youth Conservation Corp was in the park for 3 weeks finishing Maximum Capacity (2486′ long) and started Bone Spur.

Proctor Students were coming in two days/week for approximately 8 weeks doing trail work.

Suspension bridge got tuned up and a few stringers replaced that had gone soft

Sign refurbishing took place late fall on a few signs

Volunteers did host of other maintenance with cutting downed trees, weed whacking powerline trails

ERSA grant work started with KSA Built working on all the trails that cross the powerlines. KSA Built will finish working on Exit Strategy, all of Halfpipe, Broken Handlebar North and Aaron’s Air spring of 2023.

VT Youth Conservation Corp will be back mid summer of 2023 to repair and improve drainage’s on many of our older generation trails.


Bone Spur was completed with YES Plan, community work day and Deloitte volunteers. Bone Spur can be found at Intersection 38 Upper Halfpipe/Watkins Wood Rd/Milk Run/Maximum Capacity intersection.

KSA Built rebuilt most of Broken Handlebar North(one way downhill trail). All of Halfpipe got a major tune up, Aaron’s Air saw trail refurbishing happening. Exit Strategy was tuned up a little bit along with Escalator.

VT Youth Conservation Corp was in the park for 3 weeks working on major drainage improvements. We rebuilt rolling grade dips to remove water off the trail tread quickly in the western corner of the park.

KSA Built and VYCC were all paid for through an ERSA grant from the state. ERSA is Enhanced Recreation Stewardship Access which paid for all the trail repair work being done.

New trail signs were made at The Mint(local maker space) and a few old signs were refurbished.

Proctor High School came in two days/week in September into early October and did trail maintenance. These students and faculty members helped improve drainage’s on Svelte Tiger.


Have received an RTP grant(Recreational Trail Program) grant that will help offset the cost of two summers of VYCC crews.

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