3 miles
300 ft
-458 ft
Avg time


  • Riding Area
    Lester Park
    Duluth, Minnesota
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Dry only (dries out relatively quickly)
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #12934 in Mountain Biking
  • Year Opened
  • 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. For technical b-lines, watch the lake-side of the trail where there are at least two opportunities for a descent drop/roll-down (~4'?).

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).

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 ducking 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.

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More Stats for Hawk Ridge Trail (Duluth Traverse) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -158 ft
  • Altitude min
    966 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,185 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,124 ft
  • Altitude end
    966 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    992 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Nov 9, 2018
Snow Packed
Avg: 4.55 (9 votes)

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  • Snow Packed
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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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Directions to hawk-ridge-trail-duluth-traverse trailhead (46.846330, -92.048800)
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Hawk Ridge Trail... Trail Reports

Nov 9, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Nov 9, 2018
reporter Open whenever completely frozen.
Nov 2, 2018 @ 8:48am
Nov 2, 2018
reporter Closed.
Nov 2, 2018 @ 8:32am
Nov 2, 2018
reporter Freeze/thaw - conditions fluctuate frequently; if in doubt, don't ride
Aug 9, 2018 @ 12:01pm
Aug 9, 2018
reporter Open!
Aug 7, 2018 @ 7:29pm
Aug 7, 2018
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Jan 26, 2018 @ 12:12pm
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Sep 4, 2017 @ 9:17am
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Hawk Ridge Trail (Duluth Traverse)
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Jul 1, 2017 @ 6:37am
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Jul 1, 2017 @ 6:37am
Jul 1, 2017
Hawk Ridge Trail (Duluth Traverse)

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