The Best Guide to Motorcycle Roads, Rides & Events

Route 17 - MAD RIVER GLEN + ADD NEW ROUTE


7   in Vermont Vermont15 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Route 17 - MAD RIVER GLEN

By Anonymous
on February 1, 2007

3.5out of 5

12 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start out in the town of Waitsfield and take Route 100 south for a short mile and then get on Route 17 heading west. You'll Pass Mad River Glen ski area. Continue on to the town of South Starksboro (end). About a 15 mile trip.

Scenery

Beautiful country, mountains everywhere...and the twisties, amazing! Along the way you'll pass through the Camel's Hump State Forest.

Road Quality

Pretty good. They just re-paved a small section that was very questionable, so the road conditions improved greatly. Couple of bumps here and there, but good overall. Watch out for sand around MarchApril.

Roadside Amenities

Plenty to see. Nice spot at the picnic table. Good resting area up top. Great hiking too.



Photo contributed by a visitor in Jun 09 - "Great road! We made a special trip here from Laconia in 08 and Warrensburg NY in 09. But I do agree - ride within your limits. On our way up the mountain we almost had a collision due to a rider drifting into our lane on one of the turns... "



Photo contributed by a visitor in Jun 09 - "Rt. 17 Ap Gap."

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

Nickname (optional) : Anonymous

What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on June 7, 2013 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Harley Blackline

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I did this run this past weekend having no idea what I was about to endeavor but as an adrenaline junkie and 2 wheel lover, let me tell you, it was FaPulous!!! Better than fabulous!!! The roads were well maintained and the turns at 50-60, yup it will get your heart pumping! To give you an idea, I dragged my primary a time or two!!! Yes my bike is lowered, but knee pucks were a thought as I wound through these roads. (made me miss my sport bike a bit)... It is a "must add to my bucket list" kind of ride!!!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By k1200rs
on November 1, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

1.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 98 k1200rs

Motorcycle Make NMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

The only part of this road that is "ride-able" are the lower sections.
The upper where the twisties are is nothing but pot holes, frost heaves and snakes{Someones great idea of "fixing" cracks in the road}
20 years ago when it was fresh pavement, oh boy could you have fun, not now.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on August 13, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Discovered this road completely by accident June 2009 on Honda Valkyrie. Haven't stopped talking about it since; will return ASAP. Do need to be extremely careful as mentioned and in spring---this can last well into June here---the frost heaves can present a completely different set of hazards and thrills. Husband is still "proud" that he managed to knock my prosthetic leg OFF on this drive. Instead of the "Mad River Glen----Ski It If You Can" bumper stickers of old we should get new ones that read---"Mad River Glen---Ride It If You Dare"

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on August 1, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

One additional comment about the Gap Road. This is indeed the finest super-twisty riding in VT - many travel from throughout the NE on weekend rides to enjoy it. To do this properly, one should really begin at the junction of t 17 with 116 in Starksboro, and ride over the Gap, then right onto German Flats Road, right again at the Sugarbush Access Road, to end at the base of Sugarbush's Lincoln Peak, Reverse and repeat. The other commentors are correct that this is a road that sees accidents. you will see numerous peg-drag marks on the lower opening turns on the Starksboro side. Nearly every turn is blind, and cars do not necessarily stick their line. If you are in it for sport riding, show up at 6am on a weekend and share the road with the Porsche drivers : ) Ride safe.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on May 30, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Route 17, a.k.a. Ap Gap, great ride if you stay in control. We have already had one fatality this year (5-25-09). I have lost count of the accidents I responded to while on the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service on this road. Great ride, but please do not ride beyond your ability.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on April 13, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Most of the pictures above are from RT 108 between Jeffersonville and Stowe, Vermont. Rt 17 is an amazing road - I love it. Beware of gravel early in the year or after a rain - the auto traffic doesn't clear the road completely of sand used in winter.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on March 23, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport

This is the most fun road in the Northeast, rivaling roads here in my new home, Southern California. Make an epic loop out of Rt 17 by heading west and then south on Rt 116. Take that to Middlebury and head back east on 125, finally to rt 100, where you'll take that back up to Waitsfield and the start of rt 17 again. When I left VT, these roads were in great shape, and I'm sure the scenery is still as beautiful as ever!

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on July 21, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

2.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Aprilia Tuono Factory

Motorcycle Type

Overall, this road was a large disappointment. Rode it yesterday, and the technical section in the middle was all frost heaves and ruts/ripples from poor patches, which took all the enjoyment out of it. Further, the technical section is only about 5 miles long. The scenery and terrain was beautiful, yes, but very poor road conditions and short length don't make it a highly recommended road.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on August 19, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type

The first 5 photos are not of rt 17

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on May 19, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Vermont's little Dragon...crazy fun! You have to experience it.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on July 27, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

It's Rt. 17 is a great section of road. It has an amazing decreasing radius turn. You do need to be careful because there is a fair amount of traffic on this road. Gravel and sand tend to spill out onto the road after a rain storm.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on April 23, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make Ducati

Motorcycle Type Sport

Gee nice pictures, but wrong road.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No