Approximate Distance: 100 miles Loop 4: Northwest Vermont
Past President Ann Shangraw, Lt Governor Dubie and I with big shivery smiles after our fantastic ride
Where to park: The Abbey Restaurant in Sheldon Junction on Route 105.
Grooming Club(s): Northwest Riders, Missisquoi Bearcats, Country Riders, and the Covered Bridge S/C
The Route: There is direct access to the Missisquoi railbed on Corridor 7. Travel east and take the rr bed all the way to Richford. Remember there’s a posted speed limit of 35 mph on the rr bed. Once in Richford, at FN 28, take Corridor 127 over to FN 1 where you will intersect with Corridor 120. Head towards Jay Peak on 120 and enjoy some of the scenic views looking east and north into Canada. There are a few steep climbs on this trail, use caution as this trail tends to drift. There are a couple of pull offs where you can take in the fresh air and the views of Jay Peak. At OS 35, turn right and head south on Corridor 242, continue to OS 36 and south to OS 37. Continue south over towards Hazen’s Notch – another high snow area and a great trail to make some tracks! At OS 62, turn right and head over the notch on Corridor 105. As you begin your descent into Montgomery Center, you might want to stop in one of the few restaurants within the village for a hot meal and a break. To access the village, you have to cross Vermont Route 118, make a right at FN 2 and then make another right onto the services feeder trail. You will have to cross a four foot wide steel I-beam bridge and then ride through a few parking lots. There are other services such as gas and lodging in the village. After fueling up, head back on Corridor 120 and head north to Montgomery and Stevens Mills to FN 1. You will have to backtrack for about 4 miles on the powerline and a small jog on the rr bed to Richford. At FN 27, ride north to FN 25. From there, take Corridor 139 which will bring you into Berkshire. At FN 29, turn right onto Corridor 7A past Lake Carmi State Park. At FN 17, head south towards North Sheldon. You are on the home stretch at this point. At FN 24, make another right back onto the rr bed and it’s a short ride back to the Abbey.