3 miles
Distance
300 ft
Climb
-458 ft
Descent
00:26:28
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Hawk Ridge (Duluth Traverse) Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Lester Park
    Duluth, Minnesota
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (2 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    Dry only (dries out relatively quickly)
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Jump, Ladder Bridge, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #12934 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2015
  • Land Manager

Tons of rock.

The first few hundred feet of trail (from east-to-west) consists of a short climb with big curvy berms (more fun on the way back down). When you finish this climb, the trail settles into what represents its overall characteristics: rugged rockiness. There is a fair amount of bedrock to rock your socks off, and in between that is mostly broken and crushed rock...some of it a bit sharp. Since the trail parallels the ridge itself (Hawk Ridge - the trail's namesake), there isn't a lot of sustained climbing or descent....just undulation. There are many B-lines to add some spice if you want.

The rattle-factor of this trail makes it tough to classify as "easy". It's probably most accurately described as "intermediate". However, being a portion of the Duluth Traverse ("DT") the hope is that it will be accessible to riders of nearly all skill levels. Note that if this trail proves a bit too much of a beginner, there are ample opportunities to "opt-out" by cutting just a few feet, uphill, through the woods to ride the gravel road just above (Skyline Pkwy).
An alternative route, that avoids Hawk ridge completely, is possible by taking the Snively trail (https://www.trailforks.com/trails/snively-trail/), along the bank of Amity Creek.

The views to the southeast are stunning and relentless. You're never more than a few seconds away from a good place to 'pull over' and take in the views of Lake Superior and the City of Duluth below. It wouldn't be uncommon to see a ship or two coming or going from the harbor, and the cluster of sailboats duking it out in one of the Duluth Yacht Club's week night races. There is one particularly good spot, approximately 1 mile from the east end, where trail skirts around jutting dome of bedrock giving trail users a particularly great view.

Near the western end, the trail crosses to the north side of Skyline Parkway (gravel road). This section rolls nicely up and over a rocky hill. There is a 900' section of road-riding on Amity St (gravel) just east of Jean Duluth Road.

Access Info

Starting from the junction/parking lot at Seven Bridges Rd/Skyline Pkwy/Maxwell Ave, find the trail start on the south side of Skyline Pkwy, just west of the gravel parking lot.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Hawk Ridge Trail (Duluth Traverse) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -158 ft
  • Altitude min
    966 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,185 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,124 ft
  • Altitude end
    966 ft
  • Grade
    -1.113%
  • Grade max
    -20.105%
  • Grade min
    24.493%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    992 ft
  • Avg time
    00:26:28
  • Avg reverse time
    00:32:09
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on Jul 15, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.6 (13 votes)

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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Hawk Ridge Trail... Trail Reports

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      Jul 15, 2020 @ 5:39am
      Jul 15, 2020
      Little soft in spots, no puddles
      Jun 24, 2020 @ 7:52am
      Jun 24, 2020
      May 12, 2020 @ 7:28am
      May 12, 2020
      May 3, 2020 @ 10:17am
      May 3, 2020
      Mostly good to go, switch backs on the Amity Creek side had se mud spots
      Apr 28, 2020 @ 7:14am
      Apr 28, 2020
      Mostly dried out, minor erosion from spring melt here and there.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 15 miles avg distance
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      Sep 4, 2017 @ 9:17am
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