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Elevation: +1,843/ -1,884 ft
Total: 22 riders

Mountain Biking Whiteface Mountain Bike Park

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#48 of 298 mountain bike trails in New York
#2,146 in the world

Whiteface Mountain Bike Park has 27 diverse trails that range from hardcore expert only downhillers, to cruisers, to winding cross-country paths-something for every ability and riding style. Whiteface also has the greatest vertical drop in the East, so there's a lot of room to roll here. From the summit of Little Whiteface, which you reach via a stunningly beautiful ride in the Cloudsplitter Gondola, trails are expert-only. Big bikes, helmets and full pads are the norm here. So are tight turns, big rocks and steep drops. Expect each run to take about 40 minutes. For intermediate and beginner riders, our shuttle bus, which runs twice an hour, will take you and your bike from the base up to a drop-off point where you can choose from a selection of trails that match your ability

First added by Phillychris498 on Jan 30, 2014. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: yes
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From New York City, New Jersey and points South Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) north to Exit 24 (Albany). Take I-87 north (Adirondack Northway) to Exit 30. Pick up Route 9 north and follow it for two miles to Route 73. Continue on Route 73 for 28 Miles to Lake Placid. Drive time from New York City - 5 hours; Albany - 2 1/2 hours From Boston, Springfield, Hartford Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Albany. Pick up I-787 north to Cohoes. Connect with Route 7 west to I-87 north. Follow I-87 north (Adirondack Northway) to Exit 30. Pick up Route 9 north and follow it for two miles to Route 73. Continue on Route 73 for 28 Miles to Lake Placid. Drive time from Boston - 5 hours From Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and points West Take I-90 (New York State Thruway) east to Exit 36 (Syracuse). Pick up I-81 north and follow to Watertown. Take Route 3 and follow it east to Saranac Lake, then follow Route 86 east to Lake Placid. Drive time from Buffalo - 5 1/2 hours; from Rochester - 4 1/2 hours; from Syracuse - 3 1/2 hours From Toronto Take 401 east to Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick up Route 86. Continue on Route 86 to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Drive time from Toronto - 5 1/2 hours From Ottawa Take routes south to the Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick up Route 86. Continue on Route 86 to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Drive time from Ottawa - 3 hours From Montreal Take Route 15 south to Champlain crossing, connecting with I-87 (Adirondack Northway) south. Take Exit 34 west, follow Routh 9N, then Route 86 to Wilmington and on to Lake Placid. Drive time from Montreal - 2 hours When Traveling From Canada
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  • ryanlong100266

    This place is awesome. They have good rental bikes a great staff in the bike shop and you can rent bike gear and free fixes if needed! You can either take the gondola to the top of the mountain for a 30-60 min run depending on skill level and trails you take or take the shuttle to the halfway point of the mountain (which I will admit can be a little tight at some times and be prepared to say hi to the friendly dog that rides it). The trails are very well built and maintained with an even amount of flow and tech both well built by a great staff. If you decide to go be prepared for a great day of riding, food, views and talking to some great people. It also has a variety of unique wood features such as wall rides drop ins and more! 10/10 recommend!

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  • MTBzine

    Stats are way wrong should be as follows
    Mountain Stats
    Summit Elevation
    4,650 feet (1,417 meters)
    Base Elevation
    1,220 feet (372 meters)
    Total Vertical
    3,430 feet (1,045 meters)
    Bike Park Vertical
    2,500 feet (762 meters)

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  • mikebowins

    This is a great place for the hardcore and the beginner. it is a absolutely massive mountain but the upper runs kicked my trail bikes ass. The Lower mountain is amazing for beginner riders who are learning their skills. Intermediates may find the top to difficult and the bottom to easy. Downhill Mike is super passionate about his trails and you will feel like you have a private trail guide while riding at whiteface. pretty affordable place to ride as well, 3 days for 100 bucks !

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  • pursuitofpow

    From the top of the gondola you can get a good 30-60 minute run. The easiest way down from the gondola is trail 27. Some trails have large boulders on steep technical terrain and other trails are faster and less technical. There is also a new flow trail at the bottom that is smooth with large berms and a few jumps. Overall a very fun experience. I do not recommend going to the top if you are not experienced though.

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  • ittakes2freestyle

    The top part of the mountain is accessed by lift. You better have your big boy pants on because it is steep and gnarly terrain. They use the natural features of the terrain and it is tough. Line choice is important. The staff at the mountain is top notch and I was able to follow the owner/operator of the park down my 1st run. The steep trails work you. I did 30 miles of descent in the day and I felt every bit of it. A shuttle runs to the lower part of the mountain and some really fun flowy trails there. Not nearly as steep as the upper mountain but still a blast to ride. My 1st encounter with a double teeter-totter and it was awesome! Great people. Gnarly trails! I highly recommend a DH rig for this park. I will be back!

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  • jstack11

    Only for very good riders. Basically a downhillers paradise. On lower half, there are a bunch of cool obstacles, like a teeter/totter. A true DH bike is what you want to take here. The lower half is a lot lot of fun. If you take Gondola to the top - make sure you have a DH bike, great skills, and plenty of body armor. Some of the best downhill you will find anywhere in the East.

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  • Evan Graz

    Pretty rugged trails especially towards the top. Top is steep & pretty challenging. There are some really fun rocks to ride on & jump off. The trails in the woods had some deep ruts, that was a while ago though.

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