2015 TICKET PRICES
Full Day Friday: $15 ($10 junior)
Full Day Saturday: $35 ($25 junior)
Full Day Sunday: $35 ($25 junior)
Season Pass: $199 BEFORE May 22 / $299 after May 22
Q Burke Mountain Bike Park Overview
Q Burke Bike Park is a two-time Top Five winner in the MTBparks.com Riders' Choice Best Bike Parks Awards for the Northeast Region.
The Q Burke Mountain Bike Park offers eight trails of varying difficulty from introductory downhill riding to expert jump trails and classic singletrack downhill trails, so there's something for everyone. The summit trails appeal to those who like technical downhill, while the lower area of the mountain offers trails with great flow and features. Q Burke Bike Park also offers access to the Kingdom Trails network.
WHAT TO EXPECT RIDING Q BURKE BIKE PARK AND KINGDOM TRAILS
The majority of Q Burke and Kingdom Trail Association's singletrack winds through a wooded and pastoral setting, and is located on Darling Hill, a picturesque little slice of Vermont. In the last 20 years, Kingdom Trails has evolved to include trails for every level of rider, ranging from old farm roads to tight, fast, flowy singletrack and has earned the accolades of many publications and riders from near and far. If you make the trip with your trail bike, be sure to check out some of the more renowned trails such as Tap’N’Die, Sidewinder, Kitchel, Todys Tour, Coronary Bypass, Pines and Webs.
Two of the first trails on Burke Mountain were Dead Moose Alley and J-bar, which provide fun cross-country options on the mountain. But that was just the beginning. The park also introduced the Knightslayer trail, a mile-long, machine-built expert jump trail; Enchanted Forest, an advanced mile-long enduro/downhill singletrack with natural and man-made features; and the Black Forest trail, another advanced enduro/downhill trail, benched and bermed in all the right spots.
The trail system continues to grow at Burke, as there are now 10 downhill specific options on the mountain and more are in the works. In 2013, the most notable addition was the Roly Grail trail, which was one of the winning proposals in Bell Built Grant contest, and was built with the help of IMBA Trail Solutions and the Kingdom Trails Association. Some of the key builders and designers involved in crafting Burke’s trail system include Knight Ide, Kyle Ebbett, John Worth and many others from the KTA.
HISTORY OF Q BURKE and KINGDOM TRAILS
The Burke mountain biking movement began in 1994 when local riders and residents teamed up to form the Kingdom Trails Association (KTA). The group, committed to turning the area into a mountain biking mecca, built relationships with over 55 various landowners to access private property upon which they developed a network of over 100 miles of award-winning singletrack. Local resident Doug Kitchel is credited for helping establish East Burke as a hub for adventure seekers, by rallying to bring the town together and garnering support for KTA.
In addition to the relative newness of the bike park at Burke, the resort is in the midst of other changes. The resort recently changed ownership—which also includes a bit of a name change from Burke, to Q Burke.
“We are optimistic, and driven by a desire to see the mountain develop into a world-class downhill mountain bike park that will compliment the world-class singletrack of the Kingdom Trails network,” said Ary Quiros, CEO of Q Burke. “Plans include additional build out of the existing trail network with more fast and flowy trails, drops and jump lines, wooden features and a skills area, not to mention the potential to develop a network of new downhill trails utilizing the resort’s 2,000 plus of vertical descent.”
The new Q Burke management also hopes to keep the connection with the local riders alive by working side-by-side with riders in the future planning process. “We’d love to hear from riders to help us construct what they would like to ride, and to keep the sense of community that has helped the bike park thrive to this point,” said Quiros. “This is a chance for everyone to pitch in and help us create something that everyone can be stoked about.”
Over the last 20 years, the Burke area has truly evolved from a sleepy summer community into a world-class destination for mountain bikers. Whether it’s the passion of the people, the persistence to build and develop an extensive trail network or the patience to see it all pay off, it’s definitely a destination worth checking out.
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A 1.5 mile trail constructed in 2013 with a grant from Bell Helmets and built with the help of IMBA Trail Solutions and the Kingdom Trails Association. The trail is designed as a beginner downhill trail with berms, rollers, small jumps and alternate lines for those new to downhill biking, but is a fun choice for riders of all ability levels.
A one-mile expert downhill machine-excavated dirt-jump trail.
A one-mile intermediate downhill jump trail with multiple line options.
A 1.5-mile expert downhill singletrack trail descending from the summit of Burke Mountain with all the ingredients for a technically challenging descent.
A one-mile triple black fall-line downhill trail with natural drops and long, armored steeps. This was the first of three summit trails built with the cooperation of Kingdom Trails Association, Burke Mountain Operating Co., and the State of Vermont.
Double Black Diamond Expert downhill singletrack featuring rock gardens, hand-built dirt features, berms and detailed rock work. Connects with any of the bike park trails for a 2000-foot vertical descent!.
Burke, VT – The September 2014 issue of decline magazine hit the newsstands this week gives you an indepth look at Q-Burke Bike Park in East Burke, Vermont. In this issue, MTBparks.com catches up with the folks at Burke to learn more about the new resort ownership and management, which means big plans are underway. If you haven’t checked out this gem of New England, you’re going want to add it to your bucket list while there’s still time to plan out the balance of your summer.
East Burke, VT — East Coast competitors came out to fight it out at the Kingdom Enduro Race, the first stop of the Triple Crown Enduro Series. Check out the highlights Pinkbike put together from the event.
East Burke, VT - Burke Bike Park will host their second Kingdom Enduro race on Saturday, September 7th, kicking off the the first of the three races in the Triple Crown Enduro Series. The Kingdom Enduro race will take place on Burke Mountain's Kingdom Trails and will include 3 timed descending stages known as Specials, and 2 climbing transport stages. As part of the Triple Crown Enduro Series, the Kingdom Enduro will give participants the opportunity to win up to $7,500 in cash and over $10,000 in swag.
Burke Bike Park, VT – Bell Helmets and The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) recently announced the 12 finalists for the 2013 Bell Built Grants and is asking the public to help select the three winners. More than 100 exceptional applications were received from IMBA chapters and clubs as well as land management agencies across the country.