41 miles
Distance
5,738 ft
Climb
-5,747 ft
Descent
1,323 ft
High Point

Current as of November 2018

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 75% 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. There are a couple of on-street 'weaves': through the UMD campus between Hartley Park and the Chester Park (1.5 miles), and between Marshall School and the antenna farm on Observation Hill (1.75 miles).


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

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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 W 9th St toward the antennas but hop onto the "Antenna Farm" trail (singletrack) shortly after crossing 4-way intersection. This trail will take you across a long bridge, along a ridgeline, and terminate at W 13th St - go right. Follow roads through Harbor Highlands housing development and grab paved pike path on your left just as you leave. Then cross Central Entrance and immediately dive back into singletrack on "Hilltopper" trail. Continue to follow the DT trail ("Westchester" section) and soon, you'll be in Chester Park. Zip around the Chester Bowl Rim segment. Exit into a neighborhood and hang a couple lefts to head north past the UMD campus. It's a right onto Arrowhead Road, then a quick left back onto DT singletrack.

Hartley to Lester - END!!
Take the Fairmont street spur trail, go down Fairmont Street, cross Woodland Ave and take Carlisle Ave east until you hit Vermilion Rd (then 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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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 2
flag gd315 (Jul 28, 2018 at 9:57)
 Why no mention of the segment from Partridge St to Duluth Central?
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  • + 2
flag backwords (Nov 6, 2018 at 9:11)
 Such an awesome route for an epic long day on a bike!
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  • + 1
flag namdoogttam COGGS (Nov 6, 2018 at 9:21)
 The average "avid" mountain biker who is really watching the clock might finish this route in about 4 hours. For the same type of rider, looking to explore a little along the way, can EASILY make this an all-day affair. Don't be fooled by all the "green circle" ratings: this route has tons of fun, optional technical features, brutal climbs, blazing descents, and a fair bit of overall variety.
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    DT
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Duluth Traverse mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -10 ft
  • Altitude min
    649 ft
  • Altitude start
    659 ft
  • Altitude end
    649 ft
  • Grade
    -0.005%
  • Grade max
    -45.555%
  • Grade min
    47.701%
  • Distance climb
    19 miles
  • Distance down
    18 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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