Cooper Kiln Pond
Cooper Kiln Pond lies in the valley between Morgan Mountain and Wilmington Peak. The pond sits nestled in the mountains with a somewhat heavily treed shoreline. There are a few rocky outcroppings opening up views out over the placid body of water. A lean-to sits on the NE shore offering an excellent spot for an overnight.
Below are brief descriptions of the two major routes. If a second car is available, making a traverse of the two trails is a great option.
Primary Trailhead: From the main intersection in Wilmington, where Route 86 meets the Whiteface Memorial Highway follow the Wilmington Memorial Highway. Continue for 2.9 miles to Franklin Falls Rd on the right and follow Franklin Falls Rd for 0.6 miles to the trailhead on the right for Copper Kiln Pond. Be sure not to take the left to the toll gate for Whiteface Mountain.
This is a 2.7 mile hike one way. From the trailhead the trail starts out on a flat course before gaining elevation and becoming somewhat wet. This route can be wet during the rainy season as it climbs to a height of land.
From the top of the pass the trail descends along a steady course to the shore of Copper Kiln Pond. There has been a ton of beaver activity in the area and at times the trail can be flooded, be prepared. The trail then follows along the shore to the lean-to and camping area. The trail from here continues and meets up with the secondary trail outlined below.
Secondary Trailhead: From the main intersection in Wilmington, where Route 86 meets The Whiteface Memorial Highway follow Bonnieview Road. Continue here for 3.2 miles to the state trailhead on the left for Cooper Kiln Pond.
This is a 3.2 mile hike one way. Starting from Bonnieview Road in Wilmington the trail begins on a rather flat course along an old road. After crossing a peaceful brook the trail begins to climb then stays fairly steady but not too steep. You will be following a snowmobile trail as well as a state marked foot trail – so be aware of snowmobiles during snow months.
At a height-of-land on a sharp corner you will notice the trail goes sharp left and a faint path goes straight. Straight leads to the Cooper Kiln Slide on Wilmington Peak. Continue to stay on the marked trail heading left. The trail moderates a bit before entering a well rutted and washed out trail that climbs steeply through an open hardwood forest. As the trail flattens out you will come to the lean-to at the pond. The trail continues past the lean-to and along the western shore of the pond and becomes the primary trail above.
Distance: 3.2 miles one way
Elevation: 3,005 feet
Ascent: 615 feet via the primary trail, 1,670 feet via the secondary trail