This 8.6 mile route is located in the town of Jericho, a small town just outside of Burlington famous for being home to Snowflake Bentley, the man who discovered that no two snowflakes are alike. It’s a rolling route on a mix of pavement and dirt that starts in the middle of town at the town green.
What Makes It Great
This route is full of variety. One moment runners will find themselves running down a dirt road surrounded by dense forest looking down hundreds of feet at Mill Brook in the valley below. And then the next minute they are winding their way up a hillside through wide open farmland and viewing spectacular views of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, and the surrounding mountains.
While it has a diverse landscape, the Snowflake Bentley Loop should not be seen as a hardcore hill workout. The hills for the most part are rolling, but there is a pretty steep descent at the end of Tarbox bringing runners back down almost to the valley floor. The 1.9 miles on Schillhammer are for the most part a continuous uphill climb. But the mountain views around each bend will keep runners distracted and help get them to the top.
From the Center run on Brown’s Trace towards Richmond for 2.1 miles to Governor Peck Road. Turn right on Governor Peck and run 0.5 to Tarbox Road on the right and continue on Tarbox until the end (total of 4.4 miles) and turn right onto Barber Farm. Run up Barber Farm Road 0.9 miles and turn left onto Schillhammer Road and follow to the end. Runners will be at 7.2 miles at this point. Turn right onto Plains Road and run about one mile to the end. Turn right on Brown’s Trace for about .4 miles to go back to Jericho Center and the car. Both Brown’s Trace and Barber Farm are paved and have heavier traffic, but Tarbox, Schillhammer and Plains are all dirt with considerably fewer cars.
At the end of the run, runners can enjoy a creemee, Vermont’s version of a soft-serve ice cream cone, or a cold drink or other special treat from the Jericho Country Store right across the street from the common. There are picnic tables to cool down on the green. And, if runners are interested in brushing up on the history of Snowflake Bentley, there's a sign on the common where that goes into his life in a bit more detail.
Who is Going to Love It
Runners looking for a nice flowy run with some sustained hills but nothing overly steep. The landscape is quintessential Vermont and allows for many opportunities to stop and take pictures of the farmland and barns set against the backdrop of the Green Mountains.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Park in Jericho Center at the town common. There are no fees to park or run and the run is open any time of day for runners to enjoy. Browns Trace and Barber Farm roads are pretty busy streets so bringing a dog along is not recommended.