Bike Tours from the Mt. Philo Inn
Mt. Philo is a hub of biking in Vermont. Vermont's largest tour companies, Sojourn Bicycle Tours and Vermont Bicycle Tours(VBT) are based within a few miles of the Inn. Mt. Philo Road is one of Vermont's most popular destinations, with hundreds of bikers passing our door on summer weekends. From the Inn easier tours go North and South along Lake Champlain, harder routes go East up the mountains to the App Gap and Lincoln Gap
Mt. Philo Hill Climb- For training or a quick workout we suggest climbing Mt. Philo. A winding paved road, directly adjacent to the Inn, climbs 600 feet to the summit of Mt. Philo, which offers a panoramic view of the Champlain Valley. Though only 1.5 miles to the top, this climb provides a challenge to the strongest riders. The 2010 NCAA Northeast division championships, pictured to the right, concluded a series of Spear St./Mt. Philo Rd. loops with an exciting final climb up Mt. Philo.
Greenbush Road-->Lake Road --> Mt. Philo Road Loopbeginning at the inn, this 20 mile loop include some rolling climbs and a long section along Lake Champlain.
Mt. Philo Road --> Spear St. --> Falls Road Loop. Also around 20 miles, This loop is more challenging with additional climbing
Burlington's Waterfront Bike Path is a 7.6 mile recreational route that runs from the southern end of Burlington at Oakledge Park to the northern end at the Winooski River, where it connects via the newly constructed (spring 2004) bike path bridge to the Colchester Bike Path. The Bike Path rides along the Lake Champlain shoreline, offering wonderful views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains to the west. The bike path links six major waterfront parks, along with the Burlington High School and the central Waterfront district.
Vermont is justly deserving of its role as a special bicycling vacation destination. For those who have the time and stamina, there is a 350 mile route around Lake Champlain which has been mapped and described by Lake Champlain Bikeways.And there are also a number of lesser challenges that offer exercise and beautiful countryside.
Great riding experiences are available to all levels of bikers beginning at the Mt. Philo Inn. Routes that loop along Lake Champlain as well as climbs up the toughest mountain passes are within reach. We are situated along one of the most popular biking routes in Vermont, due to our great views, newly tarred roads, and low traffic.