40.8 miles
Distance
3,481 ft
Climb
-3,485 ft
Descent
1,288 ft
High Point

Current as of July 2022: the Duluth Traverse can be ridden end-to-end through use of a few short on-road stints that link the last few remaining un-built singletrack sections.

Background:
The Duluth Traverse ("DT") is progressing toward completion with each trail-building season that passes. It is the result of a shared vision that COGGS and the City of Duluth has for a multi-use, singletrack trail that is purpose-built for mountain biking and completely traverses the entire length of the City of Duluth. Consisting of mostly flowing beginner-level singletrack, the DT connects extensive and more difficult trail networks in clusters at Lester Park, Hartley Park, Piedmont-Brewer Park, Spirit Mountain and Mission Creek.

Route Description:
This route is drawn strictly using sanctioned, purpose-built singletrack, and public roads.

As mapped here, the route is close to 90% singletrack and it is 98% off-road. Much of the non-singletrack is comprised of short sections of gravel, doubletrack, or paved paths. The largest remaining section of the non-singletrack is a roughly 3 mile section of gravel doubletrack on the 'DWP', between the railroad tunnel and Spirit Mtn singletrack segments. The last remaining notable on-road sections consist of a 3/4-mile section east of the antenna farm and a 1.3-mile long section east of Hartley Park.

(this "route" will be updated periodically when additional sections of sanctioned singletrack are filled-in)

Detailed Description
Duluth Traverse is a highly rated 41 mile popular intermediate route located near Duluth Minnesota. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 30 trails. This route climbs 3,481 ft with a max elevation of 1,288 ft then descends -3,485 ft.
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14 Reviews & Comments

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evanpeterw (Aug 7, 2022 at 21:22)
A really wonderful chunk of trail. The section through Bagley towards Hartley is super flowy fun. The south part towards Chester is brilliant trail design, creating amazing path through the urban margins between parking lots and yards. This should be a model for other cities, the amazing opportunities of connecting green spaces to increase access for all people. Big thumbs up!
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namdoogttam COGGS (Jul 26, 2022 at 12:33)
Updated route GPS and description for July 2022....several new segments have come / are coming online this summer!
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lanerellis (Aug 23, 2021 at 8:17)
I rode west to east beginning at Chamber's Grove around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 22, 2021, and finishing after exactly six hours of riding time at Lester Park, with my iSmoothRun app recording exactly 41 miles.

I've lived in Duluth, Minnesota for 27 years, yet have never felt as connected to my city as I did riding the full Duluth Traverse in one go.

There were only two or three very short wet spots, and one small tree that had fallen across the trail.

Thanks to COGGS and all of the volunteers who make and maintain this gem of a trail.

Cheers,
Lane
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namdoogttam COGGS (Jul 13, 2021 at 8:18)
Trail Westchester
-sad face- The chunky jank on the switchback near Kenwood Ave was recently capped with smooth-riding gravel. I suppose, as part of the DT this IS supposed to be an easy/green level trail.
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namdoogttam COGGS (Jul 13, 2021 at 8:12)
Trail Antenna Farm
Very fun trail. It gets a little on the chunky side, for an easy 'green' level trail. Great place to progress your skills if you're starting to progress beyond the beginner stuff!
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larw0796 (Jul 8, 2021 at 19:13)
I didn't this trail would amount to much, but it was the best trail I rode on my ride. The bottom part towards the trailhead was great. It had nicely built table top jumps. It was nice to see that I was clearing all the jumps on just my first lap. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to hit some greatly built jumps.
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blades20000 (Apr 21, 2021 at 7:54)
Tree down right before the rock features at the top of the trail.
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  • + 1
nedersotan (Aug 19, 2020 at 10:31)
Trail DWP
The elevation profiel shows a few peaks. These are errors. As a former railroad grade, the trail is nearly flat.
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Davidhanson889 (Jul 25, 2020 at 15:41)
Tree down
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DougInBoulder (May 25, 2020 at 14:35)
The trail markers identify the trail as "Lincoln".
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hietapelto (Mar 15, 2020 at 7:41)
Trail Root Canal
Decent shape although the boardwalk across the meadow is getting sketchy with some melting.
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Brodymaki (Jan 14, 2020 at 17:40)
Trail Root Canal
Snow covered currently
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  • + 1
backwords (Aug 2, 2019 at 6:18)
!!!!!! SWEEEEET RIDE !!!!!!!
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  • + 3
namdoogttam COGGS (Aug 2, 2019 at 6:12)
New and updated for summer of 2019!
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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • AKA
    DT
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Duluth Traverse mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -4 ft
  • Altitude min
    653 ft
  • Altitude start
    657 ft
  • Altitude end
    653 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -76.7%
  • Grade min
    30.4%
  • Distance climb
    20 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    6 miles
Avg: 4.5 (6 votes)

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