40 miles
Distance
5,313 ft
Climb
-5,323 ft
Descent
1,277 ft
High Point

Current as of May 2017

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. As 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.

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

As mapped here, the route is roughly 65% singletrack. Much of the non-singletrack is on gravel road, doubletrack, or paths. The longest section of non-singletrack is a roughly 5 mile stretch of gravel road (Skyline Parkway) connecting Spirit Mountain with the Mission Creek area. The longest stretch of pavement is a cross-city 'weave' between Hartley Park and the antenna farm on Observation Hill: about 4.5 miles of city streets.

This "route" will be updated periodically when additional sections of sanctioned singletrack are filled-in. Current as of May 2017

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

NOTE: As mapped here, the route is roughly 65% singletrack. Much of the non-singletrack is on gravel road, doubletrack, or paths. The longest section of non-singletrack is a roughly 5 mile stretch of gravel road (Skyline Parkway) connecting Spirit Mountain with the Mission Creek area. The longest stretch of pavement is a cross-city 'weave' between Hartley Park and the antenna farm on Observation Hill: about 4.5 miles of city streets.

NOTE: This "route" will be updated periodically when additional sections of sanctioned singletrack are filled-in.


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

Direction: there is a segment at Spirit Mountain called "Happy Camper" which is one-way, downhill trail (when the park is open and lifts are running), which requires this route to go from west to east.

START: Mission Creek to Spirit Mountain
Park/start in Chamber's Grove Park and start out riding north on the St. Louis River Trail. Watch for the official "Duluth Traverse" trail marker signs. Continue up Valley West, and take a short jog west on Mission Creek Pwky (gravel doubletrack) then east on new singletrack. You'll come out on a wide gravel path with bridges over a paved bike trail and several RR tracks. Continue north on this, cross Becks Rd (paved hwy), and get on Skyline Parkway (gravel road) going east. Ride the gravel of Skyline Pkwy for about five miles until you get to Spirit Mtn, where you'll look for signs for Happy Camper.

Big climb: Spirit Mountain to Observation Hill
At the base of Spirit Mtn. chalet, look for signs for the DT and follow it through the Kingsbury section. Then continue northeast on a recreational trail until you pass under I-35. From the I-35 underpass, you'll start a big "cat 3" climb on singletrack. Follow the DT segments Keene, Lollygager (top of the climb), under the Haines Road tunnel and onto Lower Burner, Skyline, Miller Creek, Enger, and the Observation Hill sections.

Observation Hill to Hartley
This is the longest cross-city paved road part of the ride; follow residential roads through antenna farm (W 9th St, W 13th St) and through the "Harbor Highlands" neighborhood. Cross the major intersection of Mesaba Ave and Central Entrance. Follow Skyline Pkwy to Kenwood Ave and watch for the DT on your right, when the College of St. Scholastica is on your left (obvious). Zip around Chester on this short DT segment. Exit into a neighborhood and hang a couple lefts to head north across UMD campus. It's a left onto Arrowhead Road, then a quick right back onto DT singletrack. Follow "Old Hartley Road" (gravel doubletrack) through Hartley to Woodland Ave (paved, 4-lanes).

Hartley to Lester - END!!
Take Woodland Ave south to Carlisle Ave and go east until you hit Vermilion Rd (go north). Ride the gravel road between cemeteries and watch for the DT singletrack to pick up again on your right (east). Follow that trail, Morningside, through to the Hawk Ridge Trail and on down the final stretch - the Lester River Trail to the bottom in Lester Park.

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Details

  • AKA
    DT
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Duluth Traverse mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -10 ft
  • Altitude min
    650 ft
  • Altitude start
    659 ft
  • Altitude end
    650 ft
  • Grade
    -0.005%
  • Grade max
    -45.948%
  • Grade min
    45.984%
  • Distance climb
    19 miles
  • Distance down
    19 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Spirit Mountain - Duluth, MN 2017
Spirit Mountain - Duluth, MN 2017
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May 29, 2017
First session of the season at spirit! getting ready for whistler in july!!!! Song: Ooh La La - The Faces
Happy Campers
Happy Campers
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Aug 25, 2014
Some folks enjoying their ride on Happy Camper.

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