Crow’s Nest yurt (on the occupied lands of the Abenaki/Wabanaki) is in the heart of some of the best mountain biking in the northeastern USA. Exhilarating and technical single track, flowy machine built, and mellow beginner trails can all be accessed within a short drive (or pedal!). Carse Hills, Sleepy Hollow, Cochran’s/Richmond Mountain Trails, and Hinesburg Town Forest ar
Crow’s Nest yurt (on the occupied lands of the Abenaki/Wabanaki) is in the heart of some of the best mountain biking in the northeastern USA. Exhilarating and technical single track, flowy machine built, and mellow beginner trails can all be accessed within a short drive (or pedal!). Carse Hills, Sleepy Hollow, Cochran’s/Richmond Mountain Trails, and Hinesburg Town Forest are all within a 10 – 15 minute drive. Perry Hill (Waterbury, VT) and Saxon Hill (Essex, VT) are 30 minutes away, and Stowe’s trails are a 50 minute drive. If downhill mountain biking is your thing, Killington’s bike park is great and is a 90 minute drive. Hike the trails all around the yurt or head to the Camel’s Hump hiking trail heads (Burrows Trail and Forest City Trail are a 10 minute drive). Burlington is just 35 minutes.
Winter: The Crow’s Nest yurt is located in the heart of the Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Area trails and is approximately 200′ from Section 20 of the Catamount Trail, Vermont’s 300-mile long ski trail running from Canada to Massachusetts. Once on the Catamount Trail, you can head north or south to explore the surrounding area. There is also some outstanding backcountry skiing and split-boarding accessible from the yurt around Camel's Hump and Mt. Ethan Allen (this is a short drive to the trail head).
Parking: Parking for Crow's Nest Yurt is located off of Aestivalis Hill in Huntington, VT at GPS coordinates 44°19'52.0"N 72°56'37.6"W. Driving up Bert White Rd., turn left on Handy Rd. and follow for approximately 0.5 miles until it makes a hard right curve. Continue following the curve, and approximately 0.1 miles after the curve, you will turn left onto Aestivalis Hill (Aestivalis Hill is the last left, or the end of Handy Road). Follow Aestivalis Hill for approximately 0.2 miles until it curves to the right and splits. Stay right at this split and follow this road to the very end, where you will park. There is a small sign with a yurt symbol at the parking area. Please be aware that Aestivalis Hill is a private road, frequented by walkers with children and dogs. Please drive slowly. Failure to do so may result in loss of parking access for everyone.
Directions from parking to yurt: From the parking area continue approximately one-hundred yards up the road you drove in on until it emerges from the trees at an intersection with another road running perpendicular. Turn right and follow the trail as it drops down some and bends a bit leftward and then goes back into the trees. After approximately another one-hundred yards you will cross a marked property boundary and emerge into a large clearing that you will notice is groomed (during winter). There is a small kiosk with trail map right next to a trail dropping in from the left and a sign reading "Woodchuck Ramble." You are now on Gullywhumper. Continue along Gullywhumper headed due south for approximately one-quarter mile until it meets Stagecoach Rd. right in front of a white house. This leg begins with a small drop in elevation curving down to the right and then bending left before emerging onto the upper edge of a big meadow where it levels out and runs straight toward the white house. If you have your dog with you be sure to keep it closely leashed and just hustle along onto Stagecoach Rd. You will turn left headed due east as you begin your way up Stagecoach Rd. Continue on Stagecoach Rd. until you reach the yurt. From the parking area to the yurt there is a net gain of approximately 450' elevation and a total distance of 1.34 miles.
If approaching the yurt from a longer tour on the Catamount Trail, the coordinates of the yurt are 44.329796, -72.930229.
A large wood stove, firewood & kindling, a propane grill, a 2 burner propane stovetop, 5 gallons of water (summer months only!), French press for making coffee, lots of kitchenware, dish towels, and cleaning supplies are all provided for your use. There are 2 double beds (bunked) plus a full size futon. You will need to bring your own bedding. Bringing cozy slippers is strongly recommended. A large solar panel and inverter provide charging for phones, headlamps, cameras, etc.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Absolutely love the place, it had everything we needed for the night. Julia went out of her way to help us and make us feel comfortable. We had an amazing time and would love to come to this place again and again.
Awesome for families!
Overall an awesome stay in a super cute, clean yurt! Few small details would have made it perfect, namely we were told there would be 5 gallons of water so didn’t bring any in. There is a gorgeous spring and we just boiled water so not a big deal but would have planned differently. Also knowing that a) driving in is not recommended but actually possible would be nice to know for emergency evacuation and also so you aren’t surprised when other people drive in, like our neighbors did. Which is point b) the yurt shares space and a bathroom with a GORGEOUS cabin. So you will probably have neighbors! In our case we didn’t mind at all but FYI if you want super private this may not be your experience. Overall it was great, we loved it, and the hosts are wonderful!
Cozy clean and out of a dream
The crows nest was awesome! Pretty flat 1-1.5 mile walk in with beautiful Vermont views. We had a group of 6 and fit just fine. Place was well stocked with plenty of utensils and the compostable toilet was the best one I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to come back in the winter.
The yurt was clean and cozy and super well stocked. We enjoyed exploring the hiking trails nearby and jumping off to explore Burlington from the yurt. It was such a comfortable place to stay -rain or shine. Looking forward to coming back!
The yurt exceeded our expectations and we can't wait for our next trip to the Crow's Nest! Julia and Jeff were very welcoming and gave great suggestions for local mountain biking spots. Great hiking trails right from the yurt as well as plenty of things to do nearby.
The yurt itself was fantastic - way more of every aspect than we ever expected! Julia was super responsive and actually made the trip possible after a sprained knee almost sidelined us.