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Level: Expert
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 11 riders

Mountain Biking Indian Brook/essex Reservoir

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#32 of 138 mountain bike trails in Vermont
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Indian Brook Reservoir is a 500 acre park in Essex Town with the water reservoir of about 60 acres. The park is managed by the Essex Parks and Recreation Department. Access to the park requires a paid pass, which can be purchased from the Rec. department at 81 Main Street in Essex Junction.

The loop around the reservoir is a multi-use path shared by hikers, horseback riders, dog-walkers and mountain bikers alike. The loop is a wide-track beginner-intermediate trail with a few climbs that will challenge beginners.

Best times to ride Indian Brook are early in the morning or evengings on weekdays. The trail is very busy on the weekend with famiies and people walking their dogs - this is not the ideal time to ride the loop as you will have to either stop or dismount often to yield to pedestrian traffic.

There is a much more challenging trail that begins from the upper right parking lot (the boat launch area) and winds it way up to the look out. This is an intermediate expert trail - it is quite rocky and definitely not for beginners. From the lookout you can easily see Mallett's Bay in Colchester.

First added by 8valvegrowl on Sep 28, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
* Follow Route 15 from either Essex Junction (5-corners) or Jericho toward the Essex Outlet Stores at Lang Farm.
* Turn north on Old Stage Road.
* Take your second left at the Alliance church onto Indian Brook Road.
* Follow this dirt road until the end, where you enter the park.
* For riding the loop you can start from either the lower parking lot (take your first left inside the park) or the upper boat launch lot (first right inside the park).
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  • 1Chain

    This place is beautiful and a great place to swim after riding. The loop around the reservoir can be very crowded , but the outer trails are not very busy and better for riding. I usually do a loop from the main parking lots, up to the champlain view, and around the outer trail. The riding itself is decent, a little rocky and rooty with some smooth trail here and there. Biking is allowed but its not really a biking trail like many others...however it is a good reserve if you are looking to explire

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  • *****

    Very buggy! Make sure to bring some bug repellant.. Nice view off the top if Indian Brook Trail! Ride it if u like rocky and tech!

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  • Asfyxiate

    My first time biking through here was today. I took the the trail that is in the upper right parking lot. A fairly decent climb with lots of rocks and roots. Definitely has it's technical parts. Seeing how it was wet/muddy there were parts we had to walk. My friend says there's probably a good 6-8 miles or singletrack you can ride without overlapping on the trails. It's a shared park, so you will no doubtingly cross a couple of dog-walkers and hikers. I'll definitely be looking forward to riding here again in the summer.

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