The routes described are some of the better known walks in the Sugarbush – Mad River Valley. They are also excellent for short bike rides and running loops. Most are on gravel and/or dirt roads. The directions assume you are already in the valley.
Plunkton Road Loop – 3.7 Miles.
Rolling open terrain, offering some of the best views in the valley. Drive up Brook Rd from Warren Village to the East Warren Store at the Roxbury Mountain Road four corners. Park here turn right out of the driveway and walk east on the Roxbury mountain road for .6 miles. Turn right at the first road. Continue on this road (Senor or Kathan Rd) for 1.4 miles before turning right again. Continue for .5 miles turn right at the first intersection and walk along Plunkton Rd to the East Warren four corners. For an easy mountain bike ride continue straight along Senor Rd ( here called Prickly Mountain Rd) for 1.5 miles. Turn right at Elm St. in Alpine Village to Plunkton Rd and return to the East Warren four corners.
West Hill – Inferno Rd Loop – 5.8 Miles.
A hilly scenic country road loop offering both wooded and open sections. Over half paved. Go south out of Warren Village over the covered bridge, cross Route 100 and up the Lincoln Gap Rd to West Hill Rd (2 miles). Turn right on West Hill and follow this road up a long hill, then you will pass Inferno Road on your left. Bear right and continue to follow West Hill Rd along the golf course and past Golf Course Road on your left. West Hill will descend to Route 100. Cross Route 100 and head back into Warren Village.
East Warren Rd – 6.1 Miles.
Spectacular views of the ski areas. Paved and not without traffic, this is nevertheless, a very popular route to ride, run or walk. From Waitsfield Village cross the covered bridge and go 2.7 miles to the junction of East Warren Rd and Waitsfield Common Road. The distance to East Warren is 3.4 miles.
Waitsfield Common to East Warren Rd – 2.7 Miles.
An easier version of the above and more suited to walking is the unpaved road from Waitsfield Common to the East Warren Road. From Waitsfield Village go across the covered bridge bear left at the fork and go up the hill to Waitsfield Common cemetery (approx 1 mile). Park here. Take the road to the right (south). It will climb very gently reaching the East Warren Road after 2.7 miles. Great Views!
North Fayston Loop – 4.2 Miles.
From Waitsfield Village drive north on Route 100 approximately 3 miles. Turn left on the North Fayston Road and drive 2.8 miles up this road to an old cemetery. Park here. Continue up North Fayston Road for about 1.3 miles, bear left at the four corners and proceed another 1.3 miles before turning left again and descending through the woods back to your car. This is moderately hilly terrain and will take about 2 hours. This upper basin is a remote area offering some completely different vistas. Good mountain biking.
River Road to Moretown – 4 Miles.
A mile north of Waitsfield Village turn right into the pines rest area and park at the junction .8 mile further on. Turn left over the covered bridge and walk along River Road. It parallels the Mad River to Moretown and is a lovely peaceful walk.