Volunteers and professional trail builders have been repurposing the old skid trails to make recreational trails on Victory Hill since 2009.
In July 2021, the host landowner gave permission to our non-profit club, to reopen the trails provisionally to public bike use, without trail fees or charges.
In 2019 trail maintenance on Victory Hill was crippled by a controversial state Jurisdictional Opinion (JO) claiming that Victory Hill Sector’s trails would require an Act 250 permit, because the organization was raising funds (for trail work) through trail user fees. Act 250 is a costly, permanent and comprehensive battery of permits which are onerous and punitive when placed on landowners who host public bike trails for no commercial purpose. Out of an abundance of caution, the trails were closed in 2019 while the JO was appealed in environmental court. Recently this legal appeal hearing was postponed again for until 2022 – with the hope that the state legislature will see fit to revise Act 250’s regulatory power over recreational trails.
The trails close for 24 hours after any heavy rain. Trail maintenance is very limited. Users should “ride at their own risk” . All users must sign a waiver and check-in each time they visit at 2428 Victory Hill Road. For more information on rain closures and trail conditions call 802 695 3355.
To improve our ability to reopen and keep the network accessible to the public in the future, several organizations have come to Victory Hill Sector’s rescue:
The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund paid for a team of high school age local youth from the Northwoods Stewardship Centers Youth Conservation Corps to camp out for two weeks on Victory Hill and rehabilitate the lower section of “Shakedown” and ” McGill’s Thrill” trails.
With generous funding from the Santa Cruz Bicycles’ company’s PayDirt Fund, Victory Hill will also be able to rehabilitate a lower section of “Leif’s”, one of our favorite tracks.
Victory Hill Sector is a club of volunteers which strives to keep the trails alive for the future.