Overview

Open 10am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday through October 10

September 18-19: Northwoods Gondola is open both days this weekend!

Gear up for extreme downhill mountain biking fun! Our challenging lift-serviced terrain descends 1700′ vertical on singletrack, wooded routes, and open ski trails. If you are an experienced rider, these trails make for an exhilarating adventure. Warm up on cross-country loops in the Base Area. Several of our 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 4pm. This schedule is subject to change based on weather and other variables.

Downhill Mountain Biking 2021

Ticket TypesOne RideAll Day
Adult
(ages 20-64)
$24$30
Teen
(ages 13-19)
$24$30
Senior
(ages 65+)
$14$18
Junior
(ages 7-12)
$14$18
Frequent visitors can check out our Skyride & Bike Season Pass!
Buy Tickets Online

Redeem your downhill mountain biking e-ticket at our ticket windows. Tickets can also be purchased day-of at our windows. Helmets are required for all bike riders.

21/22 season passes include free biking tickets during summer/fall 2021 – sign in and show your pass at the ticket windows. Check out year-round perks for passholders!

2021 Skyride & Bike Pass: $89

Enjoy unlimited scenic skyrides and lift-serviced hiking/biking during scheduled operating hours in the summer and fall! This pass is non-transferable, for ages 7+, and is valid through October 10, 2021.

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Trail Descriptions

Ruby Run Trail*

Trail Rating: More Difficult
Distance: 0.4 mile
Average Descent Time: 2 minutes

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.


Cloud Trail*

Trail Rating: Most Difficult
Distance: 1.2 miles (one way)
Average Climb Time: 20 minutes
Average Descent Time: 5 minutes

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.


Sidewinder*

Trail Rating: More Difficult
Distance: 3.3 miles
Average Descent Time: 35 minutes

This intermediate trail is our longest singletrack downhill route, taking you from 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 banked turns. Always yield to hikers.


Beeline

Trail Rating: Most Difficult
Distance: 1.16 miles
Average Descent Time: 10 minutes

This most difficult trail breaks off Sidewinder for a direct downhill descent, with a challenging mid-section. Offering a secluded route for bikers only, Beeline ducks in and out of the woods while crossing over ski trails and ends in the Base Area.


Wolf Pack

Trail Rating: Most Difficult
Distance: 1.2 miles
Average Riding Time: 20 minutes.

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.


Morgan’s Gulch

Trail Rating: More Difficult
Distance: 0.65 mile
Average Descent Time: 10 minutes

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.


The Hollow*

Trail Rating: More Difficult
Distance: 0.65 mile
Average Descent Time: 5 minutes

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.


Hardwood Forest Loop*

Trail Rating: Easier
Distance: 0.68 mile
Average Riding Time: 15 minutes

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.


Bobcat Loop*

Trail Rating: Easier
Distance: 0.5 mile
Average Riding Time: 10 minutes

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.

*Shared trail for hiking & downhill mountain biking. Hikers always have the right-of-way. See more summer safety tips.

Notes For Bikers

  • Helmets are required.
  • Always be prepared to stop.
  • Full suspension bikes are recommended.
  • Watch for drainage ditches/water bars.

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