Elevation gain: 1,887 ft (GPS devices vary; we got over 2k)
Park yourself at the Barre Town Forest in Websterville, home of the Millstone Trails Association, and head down toward the hidden East Barre Bike Path, at the bottom of a steep asphalt hill in a residential development. Follow this rail trail into the village of East Barre, traverse the roundabout and head up onto Cobble Hill.
After a rolling stretch of asphalt, you’re onto gravel business as you head up the climbs of Phelps and Cutler Corner Roads. A short stint on Reservoir Road will take you to Smith, a delightful gravel patch that takes you through what is strangely identified as the Barre City Forest (you will feel miles away from any city).
Bennett Mill Road and George Street will take you to State Route 302, which you’ll effectively cross over to plunge down Richardson Road toward Route 110. One more short section of asphalt and you’re on to the final climb of the day, the leg snapper of Lowery Road. If you haven’t worked hard yet, you’re about to.
After conquering Lowery, cruise down to LittleJohn Road, enjoying some spectacular farm and mountain views along the way, as you return to your point of origin.