“Poor Man’s Downhill” or “PMD” is a local treasure for mountain bikers of all abilities seeking gravity-fueled excitement! In the winter time, the PMD is part of a community-connector snowmobile route taking riders into the Taylor Pond trail network North of Wilmington and beyond. Once the snow melts, the section of trail between Route 86 in Wilmington and the Toll gate on the Whiteface Memorial Highway becomes a shuttle mountain biking dream come true!
Driving Directions: Head up the Whiteface Memorial Highway off of Route 86 from the 4-corners in Wilmington. The trailhead is 2.7 miles from the intersection on the left. A vehicle can be parked here if space allows. If not, parking is available a short distance up the road at the Whiteface Memorial Highway toll gate.
Trail Description: The trail descends 1200 vertical feet over 3 miles. The first mile between the trailhead and the Atmospheric Research Station road is the most technically challenging section, and is often wet in the early season. After crossing the paved research station road, jump back into the woods for some fast singletrack, and watch out for deep water-bars! Continuing down the mountain, the trail gradually looses elevation while passing through open hardwoods, hemlock stands, and over flowing and fast natural terrain. You’ll soon cross a popular hiking trail for Ester and Whiteface. Watch for hiker traffic. Continue down the hill, crossing several bridges and onto private property. Be sure to follow signs, and stay on the trail. You’ll exit the woods behind “Up a Creek” restaurant and “The Great Outdoors" gift shop on Route 86. This property owner has graciously allowed for shuttle parking where the trail exits the woods. If you park here, please leash your pet, leave it cleaner than you found it, and watch out for the Poison Ivy along the Creek! The North Pole Resort and Campground has also helped to make this trail possible. Don’t hesitate to stop in and say “Thanks” to these local businesses!
Trail description and details courtesy of Barkeater Trails Alliance, www.betatrails.org