We did it! After years of hard work, dedication and perseverance, we are thrilled to announce the formal opening of Goodnight Irene, the newest addition to the Mad River Riders trail network. Named for the late beloved Valley resident Irene Mehuron, Goodnight Irene is a testament to the power of collaboration, generosity and passion that drives our community.
We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who made this project possible. First and foremost, we want to thank Mehuron's Supermarket for their generous donation to develop the trail and their unwavering support for our trail system. As Bruce Hyde, the owner of Mehuron's, said "for the long-term success of the MRV, increased access and upkeep of our trail system is a top priority. The Mad River Riders have taken this responsibility on and are a natural partner for our business. Mehuron's is proud to support their continued efforts."
We also want to thank the landowners who graciously allowed us to build this trail on their property. Without their cooperation and support, Goodnight Irene would not exist. They are true stewards of the land and we appreciate their vision and trust.
Last but not least, we want to thank our VMBA Mad River Rider chapter members, who not only contribute to our paid trail crew through their membership fees, but also volunteer countless hours to construct the bridge and finalize the project. You are the backbone of our organization and we couldn't do it without you!
Goodnight Irene is a 1.5 mile intermediate single track that connects the Busternut trail with Butternut Hill Road at the southern end of the Camel's Hump State Forest Howe Block trail network. It features numerous fun and approachable features including berms, rollers, and rock gardens - as well as several optional technical features to entertain expert riders. Designed as a downhill trail, GNI ends in spectacular fashion with steep, swooping berms and a beautiful wooden bridge. Combining Goodnight Irene with the top of Busternut, newly buffed out by our Trail Crew, provides a delightful 1.6 mile, 700' vertical decent. It's a great addition to our trail system that unlocks numerous big loops through the network. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
On Saturday August 12th, the Mad River Valley community will be celebrating the opening of Goodnight Irene with an afternoon of riding followed by swimming, food and refreshments at the newly opened Madbush Falls near the bottom of the trail from 3:30 until 7pm. Don't miss this opportunity to ride this awesome new trail and thank all those who made it happen.