1,824 ft
Distance
42 ft
Climb
-150 ft
Descent
00:03:04
Avg time

Sidewinder Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Kingdom Trails
    East Burke, Vermont
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (4 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • 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
    #166 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #36478 in Trail Running
    • #15239 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 85 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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Sidewinder mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -110 ft
  • Altitude min
    754 ft
  • Altitude max
    882 ft
  • Altitude start
    865 ft
  • Altitude end
    755 ft
  • Grade
    -6%
  • Grade max
    -33.6%
  • Grade min
    16.9%
  • Distance climb
    427 ft
  • Distance down
    1,040 ft
  • Distance flat
    331 ft
  • Avg time
    00:03:04
  • Avg reverse time
    00:07:56
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Avg: 4.5 (42 votes)
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  • Icy
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  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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      Sidewinder Trail Reports

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      Apr 26, 2022 @ 9:09am
      Apr 26, 2022
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      Oct 9, 2021 @ 8:14am
      Oct 9, 2021
      Jul 30, 2021 @ 11:04am
      Jul 30, 2021
      Jul 5, 2021 @ 12:12pm
      Jul 5, 2021
      A must ride. Like a decaying sine wave running side-to-side down a canyon. Off the charts good. Some significant roots and spots where you need to...
      Jul 4, 2021 @ 9:43am
      Jul 4, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 65 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 170 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 6,700 rides
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      Jul 12, 2018 @ 5:20pm
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      Feb 3, 2017 @ 6:05am
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      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.
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