Essex Resevoir - TRAIL

Essex Resevoir - Trail, Essex, Vermont

Everything from wide open herd path to narrow twisty singletrack.

User Reviews (9)

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PAmtbiker   Cross Country Rider [Aug 17, 2005]

Great trails for every type of rider. I came here once on a visit with some family, and really loved the place. Except for the fact that I got a little lost. If you are new to the area, definately get a local to show you the choice routes. Really nice singletrack at the top of the hill. I'm from PA, and we have a completely different type of singletrack than this. Lots of rocks, not very twisty. This has great flow. Some nice rutted and rooted sections, and gooc climbing and descending.

Customer Service

I got really lost cauas I was just riding around. I wish there was a map. Whatever. I recommend it

Similar Products Used: I hear catamount is nice too
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5
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vinski   Cross Country Rider [Oct 17, 2004]

This place offers all that is good in mountain biking. A nice variety of terrain, good technical singletrack, heart-pounding hills, nice bridges and stream crossings, and too many trails to ride them all in one day. What more could you ask for?

Customer Service

Saxons Hill Loop

Similar Products Used: Mobb Valley and Mobb Hill
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5
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4
barremadman   Cross Country Rider [Jul 29, 2004]

Had a blast riding here. Had a real good time on the ramps , But the rock face sure can leave MARKS on the Body!!! I'll be come back to check this out in much more detail. It was a litte wet but it been a very wet july 7 to 9 inches just this month.

Customer Service

just explore we did!!

Similar Products Used: waterbury , stowe, moscow, skyline, Mobb hill
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4
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4
bdbloom   Weekend Warrior [May 17, 2004]

Spongebob, we must be almost neighbors. I bought a house last year about a mile from the trailhead and REALLY enjoy having this gem in my 'back yard.' There's something for everyone - smooth and mellow double track down low, steep climbs, fast downhills, technical downhills. Someone's even been building some small bridges (thank you, whoever built the one through the swamp!)

Customer Service

Usually up the hill by the water tower, continuing on the logging trail. Then up to the old (radio tower?) footings at the top of the hill. Cruise down the far side & head up some more of the double track. Hang a right back onto the single track and either get lost swinging left (eventually working my way out) or hanging a right and getting less lost.

Similar Products Used: Catamount's trails are decent, but their wednesday night training races are great. Had a good ride at Sleepy Hollow (& it's run by some old HS Classmates.) Colchester HS is good cruising, Camp Johnson is good, but risky.
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5
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4
Spongebob   Weekend Warrior [Oct 08, 2003]

I just bought a house a mile from the trailhead. How psyched am I to have great trails in in "my backyard!" Good combination of flat doubletrack, hills, singletrack, some gnarly sections, but not too crazy for the most part. Hard enough to have improved my riding, but not scare me.

Customer Service

Up the single track past the water tower, left onto the doubletrack, first right onto singletrack. Up the doubletrack, first right up the singletrack. It's all downhill from here.

Similar Products Used: Catamount is worth a ride, CHS, Camp Johnson (If you don't mind trespassing! Wish they'd re-open it.)
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5
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4
tim   [Aug 23, 2000]

There's a ton of good trails on the big hill (Saxon Hill) and a lot of fairly boring, jeep-track stuff down below. This area is seeing a lot of development; both new trails and early stages of construction seem to be happening here. There are some access issues, so ride accordingly...

There's a whole lot of stuff to be had here, as the area covers something like 300 acres - and while the jeep trails are lame, they can largely be avoided.
The area is bounded by Route 15, Sand Hill Road, River Road (rt. 128) and Allen Martin drive - so you can't get too badly lost.

Customer Service

Stay on the big hill for lots of fun riding.

Similar Products Used: There is another short (about 1 mile or so) singletrack loop over across Allen Martin drive.
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4
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K.C.   [Sep 27, 2000]

This area is most often called Saxon Hill or Sandhill road i guess the water tower on the trail is why it's called Essex resevoir. Part of this trail is maintained by VAST basically the link from Rt. 15 by John Leo's down to River road Rt. 117. Most of these trails are sandy. Some local land owners on Skunk Hollow road have cut some nice single track on the opposite side of Saxon hill. Some woodchucks ripped up the trails this spring on ATV's. Ride fast and wear a helmet. Posted signs are for woodchucks and non-helmeted ridders only.

Customer Service

Ride to the top of saxon hill were there is a base from an old antenna tower then down the single track on the back side.

Similar Products Used: End of Sleepy Hollow road on Essex/Jericho border.
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4
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Spookman   [Apr 25, 2001]

The owner cut a bunch of single track in 1997 on the backside for our high school mountain bike team to train on. It ranges from easy to very technical, and the loops are pretty fast and long. Beware of the blue hill...its quite a climb

Customer Service

Start out from the 2nd road on your left as you come from route 15..(by the Belden plant) Keep biking up to your left, bike past the watertower, continue up the hill! Try and make the rock scramble to the top of the hill, then take the singletrack down, theres tons of singletrack to explore down there! (ignore the "keep out" signs, they're for dirt bikes!!) ( I know the landowner)

Similar Products Used: Heli-Pad, Dump road, Sleepy Hollow, Trollheim, Mobb Farm
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5
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Jess   [Jul 23, 2002]

I grew up just across Sandhill Rd. in the Forest Dale development. I have been riding these trails fifteen years. The new stuff on the back of Saxon(I call it extra crispy, as opposed to the origianl flavor right off Allen Martin) is awesome, I still haven't figured it all out. Why go to Catamount?
Basically, push as far east as you can go before turing back up the hill. There are many options to create your own figure 8 loops. Technical skills come highly recommened, but this is a good place to learn if you don't have them, no big drops like out west. It's fairly easy to get lost if you're not familiar, but if you stop you can always hear cars. Always enter and exit from the west side of Saxon, people in the houses on Skunk Hollow are pretty tense.

Customer Service

Back side of Saxon

Similar Products Used: Bolton, Camp Johnson(If you can get on it), and lots of stuff I'm not gonna put here....
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4
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