10.3 miles
3,300 ft
-3,299 ft
3,184 ft
High Point

If the park is open, there is a shuttle van and lift service, no need to climb as much!

I've heard a lot about the Kingdom Trails, but when I rolled into East Burke I was pretty confused as to what route to ride. As I looked around Trailforks I saw the two double black trails off the top of Burke Mountain and thought they'd be a better way to spend the day. SO GLAD I picked these trails.

The terrain is amazing and very difficult. I believe these would have been trails included in the Burke EWS that was cancelled due to COVID.

The route is pretty simple. Park in the Burke Mountain parking lot and pedal up the Toll Road to the top. As of July 2020 Burke Mountain doesn't require a pass when you are riding Monday through Thursday.

The pedal to the top took about an hour and dropping into Rude Awakening was a great way to start the day. Tough and techy with some sweet rock rolls and janky roots. I rode it in the wet and still had a blast, but I definitely walked one of the sections. Apparently Richie Rude built this trail: https://www.redbull.com/us-en/episodes/richie-rude-mtb-raw-s02-e01

The only unsigned, confusing split is near the start of the trail (you want to keep right, left is the proline trail called Freeride). The end of Rude Awakening is slightly confusing as well, as it turns into a completely mellow doubletrack. Keep Trailforks at the ready when you get confused.

The first descent doesn't take you all the way down to the bottom, it connects back up to the Toll Road. The pedal back up is only about 30 minutes.

Once you get back to the top you'll find Upper J-Bar. This trail is a step up above Rude Awakening with a few more daunting rock slabs and weird off camber challenges. I walked a few more of the sections in the wet to avoid the green mossy rocks.

That said, the trail is tons of fun and eventually leads you into J-Bar.

After all the chilling tough tech, J-Bar feels like a mellow blue trail. Everything's relative

There is one split on J-Bar that connects to Drawbridge that you can use to connect back into the park. The rest of a the ride on J-Bar is a little mellow, and if I was doing this ride again I would take Drawbridge and try to get on one of the park trails to finish the ride.

This ride is on par with the best riding in BC and Quebec. If they keep building trails like this Burke Mountain will be the next big thing.

Detailed Description
BKXC 50 State Shred - Vermont is a 10 mile popular extreme route located near East Burke Vermont. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 3,300 ft with a max elevation of 3,184 ft then descends -3,299 ft.

9 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
wildmeff (Aug 28, 2021 at 15:44)
Trail Toll Road
This is I think the steepest road I’ve ever DRIVEN up. Can’t imagine climbing it
  • + 1
kyleluvsdh (Jan 30, 2021 at 11:57)
They need more sick tracks like this off the top of the mountain \m/ Big Grin
  • + 2
bkxc (Jul 23, 2020 at 10:48)
Perfect warm up before hitting J-Bar. Climb up from the bottom, hit Rude Awakening, then climb back to the top and do J-Bar to the bottom and you will have a hell of a time. I rode this in the wet and it was still a lot of fun, but man, I'm sure it's a brake burner in the dry.
  • + 6
bkxc (Jul 23, 2020 at 10:46)
Trail Upper J-Bar
TOO MUCH FUN! For the love of god just keep building these types of trails. 5 or 6 of these off the top of the mountain and you'll be in the same class as Sentiers du Moulin and Whistler.
  • + 1
kyleluvsdh (Feb 19, 2021 at 18:34)
Trail Upper J-Bar
YES!!!!! Big Grin
  • + 1
thesquid (Sep 12, 2019 at 15:44)
Sooooooo good! New England needs more like this.
  • + 2
donkypunch (Sep 3, 2018 at 16:44)
Trail Toll Road
Be sure to bring your climbing legs. Glad I did it once.
  • + 1
thesquid (Aug 26, 2017 at 22:54)
Trail J-Bar
If you like steep trails you'll love this. I don't. I prefer to not constantly be on my brakes.
  • + 0
gaud (May 20, 2015 at 16:19)
too much climb for DH but great enduro track.

Trails in Route

Toll Road2 miles
Rude Awakening2 miles
Upper J-Bar1 mile
J-Bar2 miles


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More Stats for BKXC 50 State Shred - Vermont mountain bike route
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    1,132 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,162 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,161 ft
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  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,201 ft
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)
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Finding the Steeps Pt. 2: Upper J-Bar
Finding the Steeps Pt. 2: Upper J-Bar
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Finding the Steeps in East Burke:  Rude Awakening
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Rude Awakening
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Toll Road
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