Sunny Hollow

This is a series of trails near Costco in Colchester.  There are a number of loops with terrain ranging from relatively easy (6-7) to unpassable (10 or maybe 11.)  The initial area you arrive at from the parking area is a relatively flat plateau.  Trails are marked as green, blue and black.  All are in the woods.  On the plateau, there are a couple green loops that have moderate slopes, some significant cross slopes, bridges, and moderately tight turns.

Brook Crossing, the one blue/black trail I tired drops down into a ravine with narrow track, backed turns, significant cross pitch in places, roots, rocks, and downed trees, (it was after a wind storm.)  At the bottom of the hill we found a wooden bridge over a stream that was too narrow to cross.  The water was too deep, so I had to turn around and go back.  The ascent was steep and tricky to go around turns with cross pitch.  At one spot, I got help to get up over a rock/root step.  In another, I had to cut through off trail section to get around tree fall, (this was true going down too.)  I believe there are some other blue/black trails at this area where a handcycle can go farther, but I think all may eventually include a narrow bridge.

More Information

Trail Name: Sunny Hollow

Location: Colchester, Vermont  

Type: Narrow trail (< 30"), Start and end at the same point (Loop)

Rating: Adaptive Level 8, Vermont

Length: 1-2 miles

Steepest Section: Difficult – over 30º

Most Off-Camber Section: Difficult – over 30º

Terrain: Mostly hardpack, minimal loose sections

Obstacles: Root exposure, Deep ruts and erosion, Brush and/or other growth, Baby heads and/or rock gardens, Water crossings

Help Needed? Yes, a little

Directions to Trailhead

I89 to exit 16

Go north on Route 2

Turn right on Hercules Drive.

Sunny Hollow parking area at bend in road

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Posted by Cleary Buckley

T12/L1 Para, 53 year old male

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