Friday, March 23, 2018

Featured Trails: Flume Trails in Wilmington

flume trail systemWilmington Flume Trail Network located in the Wilmington Wild Forest provides 11.5 miles of trails for snowshoeing and hiking. Those accessing these hiking trails from the Flume Trailhead West will pass a wildlife viewing area overlooking a beaver dam and pond and enjoy scenic views of the West Branch Ausable River.

Flume Knob can be reached on trails traversing at least 2.5 miles, depending on the route taken, and ascending 1,300 feet from the Flume West Trailhead. The peak can also be reached from the Bear Den Trailhead, from which the trail traverses a total of 1.5 miles and ascends approximately 1,025 feet.

Bear Den Mountain can be reached on trails traversing 2.8 miles, depending on the route taken, and ascending 1,600 feet from the Flume West Trailhead. The peak can also be reached from the Bear Den Trailhead from which the trail traverses a total of 1.6 miles and ascends approximately 1,325 feet. Both peaks provide views of the West Branch Ausable River Valley, the Sentinel Range and the Stephenson Range.

Wilmington Flume Falls, a narrow gap and waterfalls in the West Branch Ausable River can be accessed from the Flume East Trailhead on a short trail, less than 0.1 mile in length, that descends approximately 75 feet from the trailhead to the shore of the West Branch Ausable River.

Trail head Locations: Wilmington Flume Trailhead West Parking Area is located along Route 86 immediately north/east of the bridge over the West Branch Ausable. (N 44.3661°; W 73.8414°). Wilmington Flume Trailhead East Parking Area is located on the opposite side of Route 86 and a short distance north/east of the West Parking Area. (N 44.3671°; W 73.8403°)

Featured trails are recommended by DEC.

Map of Flume Trail System, courtesy DEC.

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