5 Ways to Mountain Bike in Wilmington, New York
As the mountain biking capital of the Adirondacks, New York’s Whiteface Region is best experienced on two wheels. Whether you’re just starting out or ready to tackle the greatest vertical drop in the East, this rapidly growing mountain bike destination has it all. Stop in a local bike shop for trail conditions and to purchase a trail map. Better yet, ask about one of the many group rides this community offers and let the locals lead the way. Interest peaked? Read on to learn five ways to mountain bike in Wilmington!
1. Get high on Hardy Road
Adirondack biking is all about rocky and rooty trails and a great biking community. The Hardy Road (Beaver Brook) trails offer both, and are home to the sweetest single track in the area. Take a warm-up lap on Coniferous before tackling the 800-foot climb up All In. If you prefer riding with others, join the Friday night Hardy Hour group ride!
2. Just keep pumping
Gain momentum at the Adirondack Dirt Jump Park. The progressive jumps and exceptionally built pump track, designed by Kyle Ebbett, former World Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Racer, is the perfect place to test and improve those biking skills. Local tip: The giant Little Super Sandwich is everything you need for your post-riding lunch.
3. Shuttle Poor Man’s Downhill
This treasure, appropriately named Poor Man’s Downhill (or PMD), delivers 3+ miles of rocky and rugged downhill, dropping over 1200 vertical feet. This trail is best ridden over and over with a shuttle drop nicely positioned at the bottom. Better yet, show up to an official Town Run PMD shuttle day, which takes place every other Sunday starting in July.
4. Work your way up at the Flume Trail
This OG mountain bike trail started it all and still delivers the most miles of riding. Warm up on the smooth and flowy trails lower on the mountain before tackling the increasingly technical terrain as you climb Marble Mountain. Want more of a challenge? Start here then link up to the trails on Whiteface Mountain.
5. Whiteface Downhill
You’ll need your full face helmet, pads, and good suspension for this one. Brave the greatest vertical drop in the East and enjoy 2,500 feet of tight turns, big rocks, and steep drops. Looking for something a little more mellow? Whiteface Mountain offers trails ranging from beginner to expert so there is something for every level of rider to enjoy.
Ready to ride the trails in the Whiteface Region? Book your stay here!