Chittenden Reservoir Professional Review and Guide
"This ride's general location is Chittenden Reservoir, north of Rutland. Scenery is mostly wooded, with views of Chittenden Reservoir and Pico Peak at the beginning and end of the ride. This is a good loop for anyone new to trail riding. The Reservoir sits high in the Green Mountain National Forest at an elevation of 1,500 feet. This moderately challenging loop circumnavigates the reservoir, beginning and ending at Chittenden Dam. Part of the ride is on national forest roads and another section rolls through dense forest on cross-country ski trails that are part of the Mountain Top Ski Touring Center trail network.
There are no long climbs, but several challenging sections of double-track trails make this a little more than a beginner ride. There have been sightings of moose, wild-turkey, geese, and a bald eagle. To the south are great views of Blue Ridge Mountain and Pico Peak, and to the east you can see the ridge where the Long Trail passes through."