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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +428/ -449 ft
Total: 100 riders

Mountain Biking Saxon Hill

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#5 of 138 mountain bike trails in Vermont
#442 in the world

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.

First added by getonthetrail on Sep 2, 2005. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Rt. 15 to Allen Martin Drive, right on Allen Martin, left on Thompson Drive. Drive to end of pavement and park. Get off and ride!
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Rider questions

Q: Are the trails open in hunting season?

Q: Is this trail suitable for beginners?
A: Not bad. Some climbing but generally nothing too bad. The nearby Catamount Outdoor Center is ideal for beginners.

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  • jstack11

    A true hidden Gem. #12 in VT is nothing to sneeze at, but I don't think it gets its due. Nice flowy trails, fun intermediate DHs you can session. OK for beginners, and experienced alike. I met a number of riders that were here warming up to go to Perry Hill nearby, so it has to be good. Some cool natural features that you can choose to attempt, or go around. None too tough, but not for beginners

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  • Dante-T

    Love this trail system.

    Has some beginner stuff, smooth slow flowy bits.

    Plenty of intermediate flow trails with some nice feature options.

    Lots of bridges!! Lots and lots of well made bridges.

    There is plenty of fun stuff for advanced and expert to play with.

    Do beware of the *awesome* rock faces that can get slippy when wet or muddy.

    Ride hard and have fun!

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  • Sam Adams

    Absolutely love Saxon Hill. Very well maintained trails with some nice features. The Flo trail is one of my favorites as the climb isn't terrible and the descent is a lot of fun. There is also a jump line if you feel like grabbing more air. And the lower pines can serve as a great cool down or mellow ride for beginners.

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  • AmberGradeMaple

    Very popular trails, maintained regularly. Sandy soil drains quickly. Smooth trails with fun lengthy bridges and the occasional fun drop or ledge. Berms abound, and this is a hugely popular "after-work" riding spot for the Burlington area.

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  • foundtrack

    One of the best Mt Bike networks in VT. Well marked and maintained single track.

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  • 802downhiller

    Great place to go riding, with trails for pretty much any style or skill level rider.
    A good hour bike to the top through the trails but up by the water tower its much quicker, and a great ride down no matter which way you ride.
    And don't forget to check out there jump and bridges sections.
    Safe riding

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  • bemery

    The other reviews here seem very out of date. Saxon will keep riders of all types entertained. From beginner flowy trails, to serious gap jumps, with even some relatively techy descents here and there.

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  • 1Chain

    Incredible smooth trails, some steeps, some crazy stuff, some easy, something for everyone. Been here many times and I am still finding new lines. Thanks to FOTW for some great 2014 improvements...

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  • Capfat

    It is as if this section of forest was created just for the trails Flo and Lo Flo! Great smooth, flowy trails on soft, sandy soil through the pines. This is a must ride when in the area. On of the best trails I have ridden in the east!

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  • ****

    Trail head has changed due to construction. Park at the end of Saxon Hill Rd off Rt 15. Upper trails rocked, lower trails were a bit sandy/spongy, some low hanging branches, could use some maintenance. Check out more info on www.fotwheel.com

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  • Fitch

    Flo and Freeflo are open and that was some fun XC downhill and worth the climb; especially for a second pass. For information on trails being closed, I'd ask FOTW - they sure looked ridden to me... fast and buff!

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  • maineskiaddict

    Easily one of my favorite places to ride when I am short on time and in the area. Quite unfortunate the landowner issues have caused most of it to remain closed. Very buff, fast singletrack with great flow. Something for ALMOST everyone. (those looking for "gnar" should probably stay clear)

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  • 8valvegrowl

    Only the main Flo loop and the more freeride oriented Freefall are open. Everything else is closed due to landowner issues.

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  • Fitch

    Any news from people up there abouts what's up with this place now? I heard that all of it is closed! Paperboy, Lo-Flo... sniff.

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  • dontaskmewhy

    good trails for people who want to practice ....

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  • 8valvegrowl

    This network of trails is fast and fun. You can have a half hour ride or spend 2+ hours in here. The only downside is that it is very popular, so it can get crowded at times.

    **Update** Note that due to land-owner issues, all of the lower trails at Saxon Hill are CLOSED for riding. Parking is still allowed at Thompson lot, and FLO and FREEFALL are open. You must access Flo via the dirt road, then ATV trail. Om, MoFlo, LowerFlo, Paper Route, and MoJo (top of the hill) are not open for riding!* Review edited 7/22/2010

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  • Fitch

    Rode here over Labor Day weekend with my cousin who had heard good things. I'm not sure if I've ever seen such well-maintained trails, and they were ridiculously fun to ride! Super smooth with great flow and cuts to them, though we only saw about 7 miles of Lo Flo, Mid Flo, and Paper Route. I'll gladly head back to see the rest!

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  • Asfyxiate

    Sweet trails all around. The first few singletracks closer to the entrance are not technical at all! A few nice way to warm up! I like the fact that it gets harder the further you go into it. A very well maintained trail by the FOTW, and I believed sponsored by Earl's Cyclery & Fitness. This place is definitely suited for rides of all experience. Oh yeah, this place is actually located in Essex, not Burlington for those who are curious.

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  • jbl

    Perhaps the Sweetest trail in Vermont, even giving Kingdom Trails in East Burke a run for their money. (They do have more trails) This has a rolling section with swooping well banked curves. I can be ridden slowly by a beginner or faster by more advanced riders the second section climbs steeply and descends sweetly. The is a third loop off the top of the second which has a steep climb and more technical descent. Something for everyone and all of it great!

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