Thursday, July 20, 2017

DEC Expands Bike Trail System In Wilmington Wild Forest

Wilmington Flume Trails (2017)More than 1.5 miles of bike trails, including a new loop opportunity, have been added to the Beaver Brook Trail Network in the Adirondacks. The trails are part of the Wilmington Bike Trail Network located on Forest Preserve lands in the Wilmington Wild Forest in the town of Wilmington, Essex County.

The new trails were built under contract or agreement with and supervision of DEC. The new 1.0-mile Ante Up Trail was constructed by Adirondack Mountain Club Professional Crew (ADK Pro Crew) and Barkeater Trail Alliance (BETA) volunteers. The new 0.25-mile Beaver Brook View Trail and a new 0.3 mile section of the Lost Farm Trail were both constructed by BETA volunteers. DEC also contracted with the ADK Pro Crew to construct a bridge over Beaver Brook that completes the loop on the Lost Farm Trail. This summer an Excelsior Conservation Corps work crew will improve the Beaver Brook View Trail to meet accessible trail standards to provide access for people with mobility disabilities.

The trail improvements were made with $3,000 from the State’s Environmental Protection Fund.

The new trail increases the total mileage of trails in the Beaver Brook Trail Network to 8.5 miles and the mileage in the Wilmington Bike Trail Network to 21 miles. The Wilmington Bike Trail Network also includes 10 miles in the Flume Trail Network and the 2.5-mile Poor Man’s Downhill Trail.

Nearly two miles of additional trail mileage are planned to be built this year in the Flume Trail Network, including a connector trail to the Wilmington Reservoir that will provide bikers with a connection between the trail network and the hamlet of Wilmington. This work will be completed through the combined efforts of BETA volunteers, crews from the ADK High School Volunteer Program, and crews from the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program.

The Flume Trail Network currently connects to the nearby Whiteface Mountain Bike Park via both the Lower Connector Trail and the Upper Connector Trail. Those two trails can be used free of charge and accessed from the Kid Kampus Parking Lot. A fee must be paid to use the other 25 trails and the services of the gondola lift and shuttles at Whiteface Mountain Bike Park.


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