13.5 miles
Distance
2,186 ft
Climb
-2,552 ft
Descent
1,976 ft
High Point

We have a house at Mt. Ellen. The trailhead is about a mile from there. The route dumps you right next to American Flatbread. Hence the name.

Detailed Description
American Flatbread - 13.5 is a 14 mile less popular expert route located near Fayston Vermont. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 26 trails. This route climbs 2,186 ft with a max elevation of 1,976 ft then descends -2,552 ft.
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35 Reviews & Comments

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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 13:31)
Very pretty - that is my favorite part about this trail by far. Compared to the other blue trails like Evolution, Revolution, Catamount, or maybe even Swell Hill this one is just not as fun to ride for me. It definitely feels like a long connector - and for that I am very thankful for it.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 13:31)
Very pretty - that is my favorite part about this trail by far. Compared to the other blue trails like Evolution, Revolution, Catamount, or maybe even Swell Hill this one is just not as fun to ride for me. It definitely feels like a long connector - and for that I am very thankful for it.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 13:23)
Trail GS
If you really like technical climbing like me this trail isn't the most interesting. It's nice to have it there but I'd rather go up Busternut instead. If you hate roots then you won't like it anyway.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 13:20)
Trail Clinic
This one was even harder to climb than Cyclone and I haven't attempted it since. But downhill it's more like Cyclone with a different vibe. They really complement each other nicely, granted this trail is more off the beaten path for sure.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 13:20)
Trail Clinic
This one was even harder to climb than Cyclone and I haven't attempted it since. But downhill it's more like Cyclone with a different vibe. They really complement each other nicely, granted this trail is more off the beaten path for sure.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 13:14)
Trail Cyclone
This trail really is a gift. One of my favorite attributes - as stated - "It intersects with Evolution twice, affording bailout opportunities". This can't be overlooked - if you want to try something more technical you can always decide to go back to Evolution instead.

I can ride most of it downhill except for two short steep sections but what's really darn challenging is riding it uphill. The first half of it must be some of the most technical and challenging climbing I've ever attempted. I'm getting better at it but those roots are huge!

The second half uphill is a bit more mellow for sure. It's more of a cross country trail than you'd think at that point.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 13:08)
Trail Revolution
This trail is basically a perfect, less technical, intermediate uphill without being boring. A really great way to connect to Evolution or Cyclone uphill. In terms of downhill people seem to love flying down it.

It's also probably the most visited and touristy trail I've encountered in the entire network. A fair number of hikers and bikers sometimes. Most people are very nice but some tourists are not...

Also if you are ever going to use the right of way rule - downhill bikers yield to uphill bikers - this is the place to do it.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 13:08)
Trail Revolution
This trail is basically a perfect, less technical, intermediate uphill without being boring. A really great way to connect to Evolution or Cyclone uphill. In terms of downhill people seem to love flying down it.

It's also probably the most visited and touristy trail I've encountered in the entire network. A fair number of hikers and bikers sometimes. Most people are very nice but some tourists are not...

Also if you are ever going to use the right of way rule - downhill bikers yield to uphill bikers - this is the place to do it.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 12:43)
Trail Ridgie
Fantastic challenge to climb this one. Finally made it up the very last rooty bit that connects to Pusherman / Swell Hill. I used to think all this stuff wasn't doable until I started challenging myself to climb more and this trail is a pretty perfect climbing challenge. As they recommend you can go from the bottom of Catamount, up Techie, then up this trail and you probably would be pretty tired by the end of that!

Also it's not on TF but look up "Bitches Brew" on the Mad River Riders trail description page because it's one of the most fun downhills around here - more challenging than Race or Ridgie downhill.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 12:43)
Trail Ridgie
Fantastic challenge to climb this one. Finally made it up the very last rooty bit that connects to Pusherman / Swell Hill. I used to think all this stuff wasn't doable until I started challenging myself to climb more and this trail is a pretty perfect climbing challenge. As they recommend you can go from the bottom of Catamount, up Techie, then up this trail and you probably would be pretty tired by the end of that!

Also it's not on TF but look up "Bitches Brew" on the Mad River Riders trail description page because it's one of the most fun downhills around here - more challenging than Race or Ridgie downhill.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 12:38)
Trail Powerline
I love going up the last bit towards swell hill - very much like the old trail that used to be here called Purgatory. It's like a more challenging version of Maple Twist with bigger roots. Otherwise it's fun going up the other steep but less technical bit to get to the Tucker Hill trails. It's a solid connector. Wish the middle bit was a bit more interesting but it's a surprisingly fun trail for being a connector.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 12:38)
Trail Powerline
I love going up the last bit towards swell hill - very much like the old trail that used to be here called Purgatory. It's like a more challenging version of Maple Twist with bigger roots. Otherwise it's fun going up the other steep but less technical bit to get to the Tucker Hill trails. It's a solid connector. Wish the middle bit was a bit more interesting but it's a surprisingly fun trail for being a connector.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 12:26)
Trail Catamount
From the beautiful start point by Chase Brook (there are places to sit by the brook) to a pretty nice view at the end / start of Techie this is a nice uphill which is very solidly intermediate in my opinion. Most of it isn't too hard but there are actually enough fun roots and rocks going up that it isn't boring. If you go faster downhill it's a blast. It's a great compromise if you are riding with someone who wants to go slower or doesn't want something super technical - and you can always extend it with Techie, then Ridgie like recommended. The climb from the bottom of Catamount to Techie then up Ridgie really is an awesome one.
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plumline (Aug 31, 2022 at 12:26)
Trail Catamount
From the beautiful start point by Chase Brook (there are places to sit by the brook) to a pretty nice view at the end / start of Techie this is a nice uphill which is very solidly intermediate in my opinion. Most of it isn't too hard but there are actually enough fun roots and rocks going up that it isn't boring. If you go faster downhill it's a blast. It's a great compromise if you are riding with someone who wants to go slower or doesn't want something super technical - and you can always extend it with Techie, then Ridgie like recommended. The climb from the bottom of Catamount to Techie then up Ridgie really is an awesome one.
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plumline (Jul 29, 2022 at 12:44)
Trail Techie
Incredible trail up and down. Wish there were even more old school trails like this one although I’m getting better at plum line and pusherman.
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Chris911SC (Aug 15, 2021 at 19:43)
Trail Catamount
A slightly wider “single-track”, fairly straight, and not one I would go out of my way to ride, but entertaining enough to link up with Techie for a fun route.
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Chris911SC (Aug 15, 2021 at 19:43)
Trail Catamount
A slightly wider “single-track”, fairly straight, and not one I would go out of my way to ride, but entertaining enough to link up with Techie for a fun route.
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Chris911SC (Aug 15, 2021 at 19:36)
Trail Misty Maple
A wasted descent
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ryetoast (Sep 20, 2020 at 15:28)
Trail Clinic
Low-angle, low-consequence, but technical downhill - a great beginner gnar trail. Very pedally. Challenging and fun!
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ryetoast (Sep 20, 2020 at 15:28)
Trail Clinic
Low-angle, low-consequence, but technical downhill - a great beginner gnar trail. Very pedally. Challenging and fun!
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wgwestervelt (Sep 19, 2020 at 9:38)
Trail Clinic
Great trail ridden down to test your ability over roots, rocks, streams and other interesting tidbits. Not recommended to climb it.
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wgwestervelt (Sep 19, 2020 at 9:38)
Trail Clinic
Great trail ridden down to test your ability over roots, rocks, streams and other interesting tidbits. Not recommended to climb it.
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wgwestervelt (Sep 19, 2020 at 9:34)
Trail Techie
Super fun old school tech. Recommend riding it downhill - a very tough climb in reverse.
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wgwestervelt (Sep 10, 2020 at 9:44)
Trail GS
The preferred climb from the junction of busternut, GS, and Clinic.
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Turbojet (Aug 23, 2020 at 16:54)
Trail GS
Rode up. Rooty rocky rustic trail. Gets smoother the closer you get to the top. Probably Wouldn’t choose to ride again.
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Turbojet (Aug 23, 2020 at 16:52)
Must use to access top of evolution 2. Gets you to the top. Pretty woods.
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Turbojet (Aug 23, 2020 at 16:52)
Must use to access top of evolution 2. Gets you to the top. Pretty woods.
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Mfisher01 (Aug 15, 2019 at 2:26)
Trail Ridgie
Ground bees nest close to power line. Two people in our group got stung yesterday.
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Mfisher01 (Aug 15, 2019 at 2:26)
Trail Ridgie
Ground bees nest close to power line. Two people in our group got stung yesterday.
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bhduncan (Jun 10, 2019 at 6:44)
Trail Maple Twist
Off-cambre, rooty, tight turns all make for an arrhythmic ride cutting across (too much) width of the hill
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bhduncan (Jun 10, 2019 at 6:44)
Trail Maple Twist
Off-cambre, rooty, tight turns all make for an arrhythmic ride cutting across (too much) width of the hill
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wgwestervelt (Aug 17, 2018 at 6:34)
Trail Maple Twist
Maple Twist is off camber and rooty.
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wgwestervelt (Aug 17, 2018 at 6:34)
Trail Maple Twist
Maple Twist is off camber and rooty.
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wgwestervelt (Sep 16, 2017 at 15:51)
Trail Catamount
Nice and dry. Get it before the leaf drop.
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wgwestervelt (Sep 16, 2017 at 15:51)
Trail Catamount
Nice and dry. Get it before the leaf drop.
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Trails in Route

Catamount2,320 ft
Techie4,859 ft
Misty Maple449 ft
Ridgie2,543 ft
Powerline1,365 ft
Ridgie2,543 ft
Maple Twist3,258 ft
Enchanted Forest1 mile
Cyclone Connector2,687 ft
Dana Hill Road551 ft
Clinic1 mile
GS1 mile
Enchanted Forest1,640 ft
Cyclone Connector2,490 ft
Cyclone2 miles
Revolution1 mile

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    23
More Stats for American Flatbread - 13.5 mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -366 ft
  • Altitude min
    721 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,087 ft
  • Altitude end
    722 ft
  • Grade
    -0.5%
  • Grade max
    -33.7%
  • Grade min
    35.1%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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