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Sunny Hollow

Average Rating:    (3.89 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 27

Directly east of where you have parked is Camp Johnson National Guard with several hundred miles of trails of which I can only begin to describe. If you own a GPS, bring it along. The trail network is heavly wooded single track and work road. This is an active Military Base with tank activity monthly. So we just try to stay away from fresh tank scat and plowed trail. The trails are hilly and very steep at places, many log x-ings, wet areas, sand pits and often other bikers. It is not difficult to return to your car as long as you take note of where the radar tower is located realitive to where you as parked as it is often seen from many trails but a compass reference will help. The Sunny Hollow/Sunderland Brook runs alonf the north, Route 2/7 on the west/route 15 and St. Michaels College on the south and extends to Suzie Wilson Road on the east.
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Latitude
44.514654960988324
Longitude
-73.17688465118408
Trail Directions
Route 89 to exit 16, Colechester/Winooski. Take Route 2/7 north two lights (0.5 mi), turn right(Charlois Bros Truck Sales at same intersection). Travel 0.25 mi when paved road bends rigth park, unload your bike, begin to have fun....
Trail Length
200+ miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
winooski
   


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Review Date
August 30, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: timothy.burgher@gmail.com ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Great green and blue trails with some slightly more advanced sections. All of it is mapped out with signs at the trailhead and markers on the trails. If you stray off of the Sunny Hollow area you'll end up in Camp Johnson. There is great riding in here, however you are not supposed to be in the area.

As of 2009 www.fotwheel.org is still doing trail work here and many of the lower, muddier sections are much more ridable with all the bridge work. This is a great place to do a quick after work ride not far from home.

Recommended Route:
Follow the green and blue signs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Saxon Hill, Waterbury, West Hill in Underhill, Mobbs Valley/Mobbs Hill, Mud Pond, Hinesburg Town Forest



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Review Date
August 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: murph62903 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Let me start by saying Sunny Hollow/ Camp J may have 20 miles of trails and that is if I am missing some, not the 200 reported above. This is a great park for burlington area locals. It offers some of everything x-c loops, steep downhills, and some freeride stuff. Over the past few years trail damage and people riding through the mud has really had a negative impact on the trails. many of the climbs/ decents have totally washed out. Recently the Fellowship of the Wheel has taken over and begun maintance of the sunny Hollow area, I'm guessing th National Guard will not let then maintain Camp J. So the bottom line is PLEASE walk the 10 or 20 feet throught he mud rather that widening the trail or creating a new route. RESPECT any of the trails closures the Fellowship may put into place. Just today I saw a group of three ride the oviously closed new trail created by the fellowship. Enjoy the trails and make sure they last for future riders.

Recommended Route:
hit the main trail into the woods and get lost everything goes in loops.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
mobs, saxton hill. KINGDOMMMMMMMMMMMMMM



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Review Date
July 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Colin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A fun technical ride, some fun DH sections and tight technical single track. It is not hard to find ur way around becuase eventually all the trails lead back to the open feild in the middle with the radar tower, then u just take the aporopriat road depending on which entrance you used and you are out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
saxon hill, The inn trail, Catamount, Sleepy Hallow, Urban down town burington



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Review Date
June 11, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: John Hall , from Burlington

Summary:
I have put a map of Camp Johnson on my website: http://homepages.together.net/~jrhall/johnson.html



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Review Date
May 2, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Rob , from Essex

Summary:
After my last post on the subject, I have done some additional research. While I have not ridden my bike there yet this year, I did do a visual inspection of the signs along the gravel path. The signs appear approx. every 500 feet as far as I could see down the path. I spoke to the gentleman from Colchester Park & Rec again today. He indicated that he spoke to a Lt. Johnson from Camp Johnson regarding the signs. This conversation revealed that the base has installed the signs around the entire perimeter of the Federal Property. The Lt.'s reasons were many, but did include the recent Quebec City protest silliness. He also gave me Lt. Johnson's number, which I called. Lt. Johnson was very friendly and very open in discussing the base's position on the situation. Basically, at some point in the past, the decision was made to leave the area "open." Now both public and military usage has increased. The National Guard folks are being hindered in their training by the public being in the area. In an attempt to reduce the "congestion", the signs were put in place. Lt. Johnson said "you don't need to worry that if you miss a sign, and venture onto the "base" that you will have a problem." My take on this is if you "miss" a sign and encounter a soldier, you will be asked to leave. If they encounter a lot of people, fines and prosecution may be the next step. Lt. Johnson made it clear that they were using this as a first step, but did not elaborate on possible future actions. He was aware that the area was used for biking and other activities, and was sympathetic to the loss of the trails, in addition to being prepared for negative feedback. However, they were within their rights to post to property to protect everyone. Lt. Johnson could not give me a clear definition of the boundaries in question, not for a lack of effort but due to a lack of common landmarks. I plan to ride in the area to get a sense of where the outer limits are. Based on the signs I've seen from the road, all of the sand pits, the switchbacks, and main st. are inside the boundary. The playground, the loop between the playground and the brook, and the area by the dam are in question in mind. Good luck, and ride respectfully. I know that in all the time I've ridden there, I've only seen bikers.

Recommended Route:
Anywhere outside the "No Trespassing" Signs



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