Downhill Biking Overview
Our challenging lift-serviced terrain descends 1700′ vertical on singletrack, wooded routes, and open ski trails. Warm up on cross-country trails in the Base Area, and gear up for extreme downhill mountain biking fun! Several trails including Sidewinder and The Hollow were recently reshaped for a smoother ride.
As a guideline, skyrides are on our open-air chairlift Friday and Saturday and on our enclosed gondola Thursday and Sunday. The last ride up is at 3:45 pm. This schedule is subject to change based on weather and other variables.
Be sure to review our Operational Updates page in advance of your visit to review our current health and safety information, and note that masks are required in designated areas and whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.
Downhill Biking Tickets 2020 (2021 pricing and schedule TBA)
Adults & Teens (ages 13-64):
One Adult/Teen Ride $22
Juniors & Seniors (ages 7-12 & 65+):
One Junior/Senior Ride $12
2020 Hike & Bike Pass: $89 (2021 pricing and schedule TBA)
Enjoy unlimited scenic skyrides and hiking/biking during scheduled operating hours in the summer and fall! This pass is non-transferable, for ages 7+, and is valid through October 11, 2020.
Ruby Run* – This main thoroughfare from the top of the gondola is a great warmup run before heading into the woods. Ruby Run is a shared route for hikers and bikers offering access to the entire trail network including the black diamond Cloud trail to the summit along with Sidewinder and the Saddle Area. This intermediate trail begins as singletrack, then opens onto a gravel road with a sharp hairpin turn and long runout to the Saddle Lodge. Trail Rating: More Difficult. Average Descent Time: 2 minutes.
Cloud* – Access this independent peak-to-peak adventure from Ruby Run, heading west to Gore’s true summit. The challenging trail includes portions of gravel road and has several short steep sections. At the summit, hikers and bikers are rewarded with exquisite panoramic views of the Adirondack wilderness, mountains, waterways, and forests. The return trip is a long descent back to Ruby Run, or explore the alternate route to the Saddle Lodge. Be aware of two-way traffic and always yield to hikers. Trail Rating: Most Difficult. Average Climb Time: 20 minutes. Average Descent Time: 5 minutes.
Sidewinder* – This 3.3-mile trail is our longest singletrack downhill route taking you from near the Saddle Lodge to the Base Area. This winding trail shared by bikers and hikers crosses several popular ski trails before ducking into the woods to test your skills over roots, rocks, bridges, and several banked turns. Always yield to hikers. Trail Rating: More Difficult. Average Descent Time: 35 minutes.
Bee Line – This most difficult trail breaks off Sidewinder for a direct downhill descent, with a challenging mid-section. Bee Line ducks in and out of the woods while crossing over ski trails and ends in the Base Area. Trail Rating: Most Difficult. Average Descent Time: 10 minutes.
Wolf Pack – Pick up this challenging trail about 1/3 down Sidewinder. Wolf Pack starts with a steep climb, then quickly rewards bikers with some relaxing descents and views of both the mid-station of the ’67 Old Red Gondola and the Topridge Triple lift line. After another short climb, the trail descends on fun singletrack to meet back up with Sidewinder for the runout back to the Base Area. Trail Rating: Most Difficult. Average Riding Time: 20 minutes.
Morgan’s Gulch – An alternative singletrack route, this trail branches off Sidewinder offering a gentle pitch through the hardwoods. This fun winding trail crosses then reunites with Sidewinder for the runout to the Base Area. Trail Rating: More Difficult. Average Descent Time: 10 minutes.
The Hollow – Our newest downhill trail addition, known as Sidetracked in summer 2019. The Hollow is the last opportunity to divert from Sidewinder, branching to the left and meandering down a more direct route to the Base Area. This trail has a steady intermediate flow. Trail Rating: More Difficult. Average Descent Time: 5 minutes.
Hardwood Forest Loop* – Enjoy this easy singletrack loop behind the Gore Base Lodge. Brush up on your skills in a short rock garden, and practice shifting and maintaining pedal strokes on descents and climbs through the Base Area woods. Stop along the route to read the interesting signage alongside this interpretive trail. Be aware of disc golf in progress and always yield to hikers. Trail Rating: Easier. Average Riding Time: 15 minutes.
Bobcat* – This easy cross-country loop offers a steady flow without a lot of downhill pitch. Bobcat is a great trail to warm up on before heading up the lift and a nice option for a quick workout. Be aware of disc golf in progress and always yield to hikers. Trail Rating: Easier. Average Riding Time: 10 minutes.
*Shared trail for hiking & downhill mountain biking. Hikers always have the right-of-way.