41 miles
Distance
5,524 ft
Climb
-5,535 ft
Descent
1,323 ft
High Point

Current as of June 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. Current as of June 2018

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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 residential roads through antenna farm to a traffic signal at Pecan Ave and Central Entrance. Cross Central Entrance and immediately dive back into singletrack on "Hilltopper" trail. After a few more road crossings, you'll be in Chester Park. 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

  • Featured
  • Riding area
  • AKA
    DT
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Duluth Traverse mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -11 ft
  • Altitude min
    649 ft
  • Altitude start
    659 ft
  • Altitude end
    649 ft
  • Grade
    -0.005%
  • Grade max
    -44.865%
  • Grade min
    47.701%
  • Distance climb
    19 miles
  • Distance down
    19 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 5 (5 votes)
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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Raw POV of Keene Creek Mountain Bike Trail -...
Raw POV of Keene Creek Mountain Bike Trail - Duluth, MN
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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.

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Happy Camper
Jul 18, 2018 @ 9:07am
8 hours
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Jul 18, 2018 @ 8:45am
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Spirit Mtn (Duluth Traverse)
Jul 18, 2018 @ 8:45am
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Old Hartley Road
Jul 17, 2018 @ 5:47pm
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Jul 15, 2018 @ 6:01am
Jul 15, 2018
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