6 miles
1,016 ft
-2,015 ft
Avg time

Cooper Kiln Details

  • Riding Area
    Wilmington, New York
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The original Adirondack Agony ride. Leave a car in Wilmington and ride up (or shuttle) to start at the trailhead nearby the Whiteface toll road gate(not cobble lookout, the next one heading west on Gillespie drive). The first mile is ridable single-track that slowly climbs. Then the hike a bike begins, and that goes on for about another 1+ miles of climbing until you arrive at more moderate terrain at approximately 3200' elevation. The next mile is narrow, tricky and really beautiful singletrack that winds through high elevation spruce/fir forest before dropping down to Cooper Kiln Pond and a Lean-To. The last short stretch of trail before arriving at the pond is a muddy mess. Leaving from the pond, the trail drops sharply down the Eastern flank of the mountain and quickly turns into a nasty eroded boulder-filled gulley for about a mile. This is survival riding on a trail bike. If you pushed a long travel DH rig to this point, congratulations, you're about to be rewarded for your effort. After a creek crossing, the trail mellows for another mile before dropping again for a two-mile all-out rip to Bonnieview road. Ride Bonnieview road South and back to Wilmington.

Access Info

Parking is limited at the trailhead on Gillespie road. Consider parking by the Whiteface toll road entrance and riding down the road to the start of the trail.


Trail relocations are planned in several areas with severe erosion damage.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Cooper Kiln bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -999 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,374 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,284 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,372 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,374 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,401 ft
  • Avg time
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on Aug 24, 2018
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to cooper-kiln trailhead (44.405490, -73.884620)
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Cooper Kiln Trail Reports

Aug 24, 2018 @ 11:24am
Aug 24, 2018
reporter Condition is about as good as it gets for this trail. There is one tree down, but that's it for blowdown. Some mud, but nothing unexpected.
Jul 22, 2018 @ 10:56pm
Jul 22, 2018
Rode the trail today. The first mile of the climb is rideable, but it then becomes a hike-a-bike for a long while(it's a massive eroded boulder...
Jul 16, 2018 @ 7:08pm
Jul 16, 2018
Apr 18, 2018 @ 1:41pm
Apr 18, 2018
reporter Please respect trail closures during the spring thaw / mud season. Be patient and help BETA keep the trails in good shape. Riding in the mud and...
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