New Trail At Pine Hill Park Nearly Complete
Green Mountain Outlook Rutland, Vt. July 13, 2011
RUTLAND, VT.-Through the continued efforts of several-the Pine Hill Partnership, Year End study groups from Rutland High School and the national group Youth Works-the new Shimmer Trail at Pine Hill Park, Southern Vermont's premiere bike/hike trail destination, is just about complete.
At the beginning of the season for the last five years, local volunteers have pushed to complete the extra section of mountain biking/hiking trail which wraps around Rocky Pond in the city's northwest neighborhood, beginning at the Giorgetti Athletic Complex.
The trail work starts in late May, when a couple hundred Year End Study students from Rutland High School converge on the trail for a week in order to get community service credits, working with members of the Pine Hill Partnership, as well as volunteer employees from the Berkshire bank and General Electric.
The Partnership is a non-profit organization designed to steward the woods of Pine Hill Park. In cooperation with the Rutland Recreation Department, the organization has spearheaded all the hard work in creating this diverse trail system.
Another organization lending a helping hand is the national Christian missionary
group Youth Works. Hosted by the Calvary Bible Church in Rutland, the group comes
to Rutland from as far away as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland to talk with students and assist in digging trails at Pine Hill Park.
They will be assisting with the trails every Monday and Tuesday, through the month of August. The new Shimmer trail is a 1,000-foot, single-track mountain bike and hiking trail featuring high-banked trail turns and stone borders. The trail wraps around Rocky Pond and leads to Lichen Rock at the Overlook trail.
Pine Hill Park offers over 16 miles of single-track mountain biking and hiking
trails within a 300-acre park setting. The trail layout is unique in that a rider can create alternate routes through different combinations of the connecting trails. There is riding available for all levels of experience, and several unique trail bridges to explore.
There is a set of three hiking trails starting at the trail head located next to the Giorgetti Complex, with the bike trails beginning at the Escalator Trail beyond the enormous Elephant Rock. The fully equipped bike shop is also located at the complex, offering bike rentals and on-the-spot repairs and maintenance to keep you on the trails.
Next on the Pine Hill Park agenda will be the re-grading of Pond Road which would
allow emergency vehicles easier access to the trails. Upcoming bike events include the Droopy Pedal Mountain Bike Series on July 18 and August 15, and the 10th annual Summer Sunset Running Series 5k Trail Run also on July 18 and August 15.
And to think at one time a decade ago, this beautiful trail park was threatened by a potential housing development. Sometimes things do change for the better. Pine Hill Park is opened everyday from dawn until dusk, and the bike shop is open Wednesday through Friday noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more visit www.pinehillpark.org.