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.
Trail Name: Sunny Hollow
Location: Colchester, Vermont
Type: Narrow trail (< 30"), Start and end at the same point (Loop)
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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