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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Videos
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  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Sterling Valley contains 14 trails and 8.8 miles of multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking. It is comprised of 1,530 acres of public conservation land in the northwestern corner of the Town of Stowe in an area known as Sterling Valley.

      The original 1,500-acre forest parcel, formerly owned by IBM Chairman, Thomas Watson, was part of a larger 2,150-acre parcel known locally as “Watson Forest”, acquired by the Town in 1995 as part of the Tricentennial Conservation Project. The land was purchased as a gift of natural legacy for all citizens, and it is intended that its protection will be guaranteed for all future generations. The purchase of the property was part of a larger conservation project that included the entire Watson Forest with 500 acres deeded to the State of Vermont and three 50-acre parcels deeded to neighboring landowner contributors. All five deeds include nearly identical conservation easements held by the Vermont Land Trust providing for permanent public access. An additional 30-acre parcel along Maple Run Lane was donated to the Town of Stowe by Stowe Land Trust in 2008.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Sterling Falls Gorge Parking Lot google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Follow Sterling Valley Road from Stagecoach Road (between Stowe and Morrisville) to one of three parking lots - at the Split Rock Trailhead; at the end of Sterling Valley Road, or on Sterling Gorge Road (a left turn just before the end of Sterling Valley Road).
      Region Supporters & Maintainers
      Region Details
      • 10
      • 1
      • 9
      • 8
      • 1

      Region Status
      Caution as of Oct 28, 2020
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      41
      Trails Mountain Bike
      29
      Trails Hike
      41
      Trails Trail Running
      41
      Trails Horse
      1
      Trails Snowmobile
      4
      Trails Snowshoe
      5
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      2
      Trails Nordic Ski
      7
      Total Distance
      39 miles
      Total Descent
      4,923 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,030 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      3,232 ft
      Reports
      1,706
      Photos
      9
      Ridden Counter
      1,790

      Photos of Sterling Forest Mountain Bike

      49 |
      May 15, 2020 @ 11:11pm
      May 15, 2020
      trail: Callagy's
      331 |
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 7:10pm
      Sep 22, 2018
      trail: Callagy's
      268 |
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 6:46pm
      Sep 22, 2018
      trail: Callagy's
      271 |
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 6:45pm
      Sep 22, 2018

      Current Trail Warnings

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1211784stoweshredaddreportCallagy's and 5 more
      Oct 28, 2020 @ 8:01am
      Oct 28, 2020
      user #1211784stoweshredaddreport8 Bridges and 21 more
      Oct 27, 2020 @ 7:46am
      Oct 27, 2020
      user #1211784stoweshredaddreportCallagy's and 6 more
      Oct 22, 2020 @ 12:04pm
      Oct 22, 2020
      user #1211784stoweshredaddreport8 Bridges and 21 more
      Oct 20, 2020 @ 9:55am
      Oct 20, 2020
      user #1070432lucynvtaddreport8 Bridges and 26 more
      Oct 18, 2020 @ 10:26am
      Oct 18, 2020

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #2132135bpaltieltrailCatamount Trail Billings to Sterling RunDefinitely more of a nordic trail than a...
      Oct 13, 2020 @ 6:54am
      Oct 13, 2020
      user #944924JoshMattatrailCallagy'sanother frustrating no flow trail from SMBC....
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 3:14pm
      Aug 24, 2020

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Edson Hill2.1 km
      Adams Camp 2 64 km
      Stowe Cross Country Center4.3 km
      Smugglers Notch Resort 2 4 2 15 km
      Cadys Falls 21 4 25.4 km

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