If you’re trying to escape the crowds flocking to the more frequented Adirondack hikes, Cooper Kiln is a wonderful trail to explore. Outside of Wilmington, NY, it meanders easily through the valley between two small mountains and ends at a beautiful pond with a lean-to and space to tent camp at the pond.
The Flume trails have a special place in my heart because, as a native “Wilmingtoner”, it was my dad who cut the first trails there – Flume Knob and Bear Den. The story of him bushwhacking in that area and getting chased down a small waterfall he named Waterspout Falls by an angry momma bear is family lore, and where the Bear Den trail gets its name.
If you’re looking for an easy walk, a chance to take in some of the more unique nature the Adirondacks have to offer, with a good view thrown in to boot – the Silver Lake Bog Trail is a perfect find.
Often overlooked and less frequently climbed than many other peaks in the area, Silver Lake Mountain is a quick and easy hike with a great but not often seen view of Whiteface from its summit.
A perfect hike for families, Catamount boasts great views and a really fun trail to the summit. There is one section called the “chimney” that kids love – it is brief but steep! Catamount is not near many other peaks, so the view from its summit is unique and not one you see from other, better known hikes in the area.
Cobble Mountain is a gentle hike through the woods of the Wilmington Wild Forest. Great for families and pet-friendly, this short 1.3 mile one way hike leads to a huge lookout area with 180 degree views
Copperas Pond is a great short hike for anyone. The trailhead is located between Wilmington and Lake Placid. From Route 86, it's about a 0.5 mile climb to the pond. Once you reach the pond, you can go in either direction along the side of it. If you go right, you shortly come across a nice lean-to with a fireplace and a view of the pond.