Cooper Kiln Details
Wilmington, New York
DirectionBoth DirectionsPopular direction shown
Climb DifficultyDouble Black Diamond
Land ManagerNYS 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.
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 mountain bike trail
Altitude change-999 ft
Altitude min1,374 ft
Altitude max3,284 ft
Altitude start2,372 ft
Altitude end1,374 ft
Distance climb2 miles
Distance down3 miles
Distance flat1,401 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Cooper Kiln Trail Reports
Aug 24, 2018 @ 11:24amAug 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 @ 10:56pmJul 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 @ 7:08pmJul 16, 2018
Apr 18, 2018 @ 1:41pmApr 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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