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Phenn Basin

Average Rating:    (3.85 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 26

80- 100 tank traps covered with freshly felled trees. VMBA is meeting with Sec. of Agency of Natural Resources. Looking for your input. Please respond.
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Latitude
44.209772586984485
Longitude
-72.8836441040039
Trail Directions
Drive west on Rte 17, look for big yellow excavator and no mountain biking signs. Dead trees and hungry black bears are also a sign that you are entering this "ecological protection zone."
Trail Length
0 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Fayston
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Review Date
September 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: atkinson ,  Cross Country Rider , from Moretown

Summary:
Sorry about the bad picture link. Thanks Wanderer.

Rode a huge loop last night starting in Moretown on some roads to PC's house, up, up, up and away. Entered Phen from top of Stagecoach after many painful pedal strokes to reach the peak. East Loop(short version, getting dark earlier), Chain Gang and then back down to town.

Sweet riding, dry buff tech, completely empty of humans and quiet, just like usual, although the State folks don't believe it. The Act 250 environmental commission recently shut down the possibility of reestablishing a couple of other old routes in Phen that VMBA and the Mad River Riders had proposed. So no Nature Trail, Hemlock Hill or the main doubletrack road up from RT 17. It is likely that pigs may fly sooner than we could get the State to reconsider this position.

On the other hand, Forest, Parks and Recreation has been very receptive to legitimizing long-used trails on nearby public land in the Valley. Stay tuned for updates.

Recommended Route:
Up and then down. Repeat. Get the map, stop by Stark Mountain Bikes, befriend a local or all three.



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Review Date
July 6, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Wanderer , from Fayston, VT

Summary:
Try this link to find the maps: http://www.state.vt.us/anr/fpr/lands/camelshump/index.htm



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Review Date
July 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: atkinson , from Moretown

Summary:
We are still waiting for Act 250 to make a decision regarding recreation trails in Phen Basin. The level of convolution and bureaucracy on this piece of public land is truly astounding. The Beaver Ponds are off-limits and will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future, unless you are trapping or hunting, in which case you are allowed in. The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has a new head who is a biker too, so we may be able to make some more headway on other state lands in the area. If you want to learn more about where to ride, go to Stark Mountain Bikes or join the Mad River Riders. We always need help with trail maintenance and landowner relations. John

Recommended Route:
Enter at the top of Stagecoach Road, exit onto Phen Road or Basset Hill Road. Go to www.state.vt.us/anr/fpr/lands/camelshump/rectrails.jpg for a map of the trails.



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Review Date
March 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kkbum , from here and there

Summary:
Actually I'm new to the area and wondering who I'm going to piss off by riding trails around here. Any advice?

Recommended Route:
up the street to the right, or is it left???

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rode phen basin and many trails off tucker hill and such but wondering what else is around here. Any input will be appreciated for its help or humor, judging by some of the stuff I've already read. Lets keep in mind there are worse things than bikes out there. Saw some spike traps out there last year. Real clever.



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Review Date
March 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Eli , from Middlebury, VT

Summary:
Thought I'd give this trail a 5, so others will open it and see how much hassles we're having in VT.

Recommended Route:
I've been to some of the meetings, all I will say is it taught me that The Vermont Land Trust are a bunch of slimy politician liers!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go ask a local shop before you ride anywhere new, to check on access issues, and trail conditions!



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