2,060 ft
Distance
4 ft
Climb
-105 ft
Descent
00:02:51
Avg time

Sidewinder Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Kingdom Trails
    East Burke, Vermont
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Proline (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Roller Coaster
  • Global Ranking
    #142 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Kingdom Trail Association

Sidewinder is one of Kingdom Trails’ Top Ten trails in the Trailforks Global Trail Rankings. The ranking is done by an algorithm that takes into account a number of uniform criteria that defines popularity amongst trail users world-wide.

Sidewinder is, arguably, Kingdom Trails’ most iconic trail. This is a must do

It is so beloved that, when access to the trail was threatened, the mountain biking community from around the world came together to save the trail by raising enough money to buy the land on which the trail is.

The approach is quite long and uneventful, but when you get to the business part of Sidewinder, pay attention!

Sidewinder zig-zags down a steep gulley, climbing high up the sides of the gulley with each zig and zag. The key to riding Sidewinder successfully is to stay away from your brakes and to maintain speed down the steep side slopes of the gulley. You will need the momentum to get up the other side! The g-forces generated each time you pull through the bottom of the gulley is legendary! The surface is generally firm but the berms at the top of each turn can get somewhat rutted out at times. Those bermed turns are at a steep incline and can be deceptive, especially if you have lost too much speed approaching them. Be awake!

Once you are done with Sidewinder, you can climb back up to the top at Market Cafe via the switchback trail, West Bench. You may want to do this if you have not yet done Bear Back. Alternatively you can go out on West Branch and back up to the top at Market Cafe via Hogback and Piggyback. Staying on West Branch will take you back to River Run from where you can get back to The Wildflower Inn are via Fox Run or Burrington Bench and Bemis.

Access Info

Sidewinder can be accessed from the Market Café area (the main intersection between Violet's Outback, Hog Back, Old Web's Etc). From the Market Café go northwest on the short doubletrack Hogback / Sidewinder Access, then turn left on Sidewinder, just before Piggy Back and the start of the Hog Back singletrack.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Sidewinder bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -101 ft
  • Altitude min
    824 ft
  • Altitude max
    925 ft
  • Altitude start
    925 ft
  • Altitude end
    823 ft
  • Grade
    -4.9%
  • Grade max
    -15.8%
  • Grade min
    5.8%
  • Distance climb
    72 ft
  • Distance down
    1,532 ft
  • Distance flat
    456 ft
  • Avg time
    00:02:51
  • Avg reverse time
    00:06:16
  • view trail stats
Status:
on Oct 13, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.65 (27 votes)

view (4,298)
close
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
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
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 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
ContributeDetails
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
ATV/ORV/OHV Filter
Max Vehicle Width
inches

LEGEND
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
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to sidewinder-4156 trailhead (44.564330, -71.982450)
      update trails status or condition

      Sidewinder Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Oct 13, 2019 @ 10:18am
      Oct 13, 2019
      Sep 20, 2019 @ 11:29am
      Sep 20, 2019
      reporter
      Sep 3, 2019 @ 2:04pm
      Sep 3, 2019
      reporter Trails are dry with some wet spots after Sunday’s rain. But overall good to ride
      Aug 20, 2019 @ 7:06am
      Aug 20, 2019
      Jul 17, 2019 @ 10:33am
      Jul 17, 2019
      reporter
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 7 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 10 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2,115 rides
      •  

      Photos

      more »
      33 |
      Oct 27, 2019 @ 10:16pm
      Oct 27, 2019
      31 |
      Oct 27, 2019 @ 10:14pm
      Oct 27, 2019
      69 |
      Jul 12, 2018 @ 5:20pm
      Jul 12, 2018
      179 |
      Feb 3, 2017 @ 6:05am
      Feb 3, 2017

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Kingdom Trails 8 Mile Fat Bike Route - South East Darling Hill featured
      13.0 km
      LONG LOOP OF KT
      50.9 km

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag thesquid (Aug 26, 2017 at 23:00)
       Classic. Lots of trails all over the country have this divey/gravity drop/wall ride style to them but this is still the best I've ridden. Short but very sweet.
      [Reply]

      Post a Comment



      You must login to Pinkbike.
      Don't have an account? Sign up

      Join Pinkbike  Login

      Videos

      more »
      Kingdom Trails - Sidewinder - Burke, VT
      1:04 | 97 | Oct 28, 2019 , East Burke
      Sidewinder 19 Octobre 2019 4K
      1:31 | 88 | Oct 23, 2019 , East Burke
      Kingdom Trails - Sidewinder - August 2019 (4K)
      2:43 | 223 | Aug 23, 2019 , East Burke
      Sidewinder | Kingdom Trails | Burke, VT
      586 | Jan 4, 2018 , East Burke
      • subscribe
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.