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Section 16: Widow’s Clearing Trail to the Bridges Trail

If leaving your car at Rikert Nordic Center, please leave a note in the windshield with date and time you left, where you are headed, and when you plan on returning. 

This varied section begins on an un-groomed trail within the Green Mountain National Forest, traverses the groomed trails of Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center, then follows a new back country route through National Forest before finishing on a snowmobile corridor trail.   

9.0 miles (9.5 to/from Natural Turnpike Winter Parking)

This is an easy-to-intermediate ski with some short steeper portions on the new back country section. The terrain is rolling; there are multiple access points; and the middle of the route is groomed ski trail.

Note: Please remember to check in at the Rikert Nordic Center and purchase a trail pass if you are utilizing the CT within their trail system. CTA members receive a coupon for a discounted trail pass in their Membership Rewards Book. 

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Looking for more information, volunteer opportunities, or to get in touch with the Section Trail Chief? Please contact us!
Local Business Sponsors:
Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen, VT 05733
Chipman Inn, Route 125, Ripton, VT 05766
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Trail Conditions & Updates – #CTsection16

With 300 miles of trail to keep track of it can be hard to know exactly what to expect on a specific section of trail, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. Using Twitter we are hoping to help skiers out on the trail communicate their experience to skiers at home using specific hashtags for trail updates. The format is #CTsection(#). When planning an adventure you can view current updates by visiting the specific section page on the Catamount Trail website, or by searching twitter for the appropriate section you hope to ski. Below are updates for Catamount Trail Section 16… #CTsection16.