The Cady Hill Forest is a 258-acre property of the Stowe Land Trust that features 11 miles of singletrack and doubletrack trails suitable for mountain biking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and walking. The trails weave through the forest and interconnect with each other as they reach occasional overlooks. Although the land was once settled dating back as early as the 1700s, the forest has naturally regenerated with a mix of white pine, red and sugar maple, hemlock, yellow birch, and other hardwoods.
The Macutchan Loop begins and ends at the 19-car parking area on Mountain Road, meandering 3 miles into the depths of the Cady Hill Forest and back. Along the way it climbs 246 feet, most of which comes in the first half mile. It was designed for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers and nordic skiers with gradual switchbacking climbs. It is well marked with green and yellow trail signs. Several spurs allow users to shorten or lengthen their journey as they see fit.
At the first major trail intersection, a sign designates the Green Chair Trail to the Green Chair Overlook. This is well worth the stop as a retired chairlift chair and picnic table overlook Stowe Mountain Resort and Mount Mansfield. It's an especially great place to stop for lunch or a sunset.
Beyond the first intersection, the Macutchan Loop continues along the Cady Hill Connector, gaining little elevation in the process. It hooks sharply back northeast where Zog's meets Cady Hill Connector and proceeds along Sap Bucket, Bridgey, and Macutchan.
There is a second retired chairlift chair at the Green Chair II overlook. This one is located off of Florence.
The Cady Hill Forest is also accessible at the substation on Cady Hill Road and at the end of Cady Hill Road.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.