Mad River Riders Expert Loop - Mountain Biking

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One of the most talked about loops in the Mad River Valley offering advanced technical riding, climbs and a fast, flowy descent. Highly skilled riders preferred.

Written by

Suzanne Loring


8.25 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

28.1 miles


4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1-2 hours


Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits




This is an 8.25-mile, 2,090 foot advanced ride located in the heart of Waitsfield, a small town in the Mad River Valley. Created by the Mad River Riders, the oldest, largest and only bike club in the Mad River Valley, this expert loop is part of the Camel’s Hump Forest trail network and incorporates seven different trails, including Revolution, Dana Hill Rd (a class IV road not recommended for driving), Clinic, Busternut, Enchanted Forest, Cyclone Connector and Cyclone. These trails run from intermediate to expert with the majority of them being a part of the latter.

What Makes It Great

Start on Revolution, one of the loop’s intermediate trails. It offers a wider trail and smoother ride with several bermed switchbacks and great flow up to Dana Hill Road where it pops out right at the bottom of Cyclone. Climb Dana Hill for ¾ mile and look for the entrance to Clinic on the left marked by a white blaze. Clinic is a technical playground full of rocks, roots, twists, turns and stream crossings. Take a left on Busternut and make the stiff climb back up to Dana Hill. Ride Dana Hill down ¼ mile to Enchanted Forest (on the left) an intermediate, flowy and fun route. 

Off of Enchanted Forest take a right onto Cyclone Connector, which is also an intermediate with a couple of stream crossings. Take a left onto Cyclone a few feet above the Dana Hill Road intersection. Cyclone is a narrow singletrack full of twists and turns, ups and downs, a long bridge, an extremely technical terrain of rocks, roots, rock faces, logs rolls and berms joined by a steep descent back to Dana Hill and Revolution. Head back down Revolution and enjoy the super fast, fun, flowy descent. Read the detailed trail descriptions of these trails provided by Mad River Riders.

Just remember the descent down Revolution, and the wood-fired pizza and local craft beers waiting at American Flatbread at the ride’s finish line make it all worth it.

Who is Going to Love It

The riding is extremely technical and will challenge even the most advanced riders. The terrain is very rocky and provides plenty of challenges with drops, bridges and slabs to keep everyone happy. This is some of the most technical riding found in the Mad River Valley.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are a variety of other trails in the Camel’s Hump Forest that you can connect to from Revolution as well. Download a trail map to check them out.

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Mad River Riders Expert Loop

American Flatbread, 46 Lareau Road
Waitsfield, VT, 05673
44.172857, -72.834081

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