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Route 17 - MAD RIVER GLEN

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jan 31, 2007

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August 1, 2009
One additional comment about the Gap Road. This…
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March 22, 2008
This is the most fun road in the Northeast,…
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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.

Drive Enjoyment

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.

Tourism Opportunities

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."

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Route 17 - MAD RIVER GLEN
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Guest
August 1, 2009
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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.
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March 22, 2008
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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!
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June 7, 2013
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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!!!!!
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