4 miles
Distance
458 ft
Climb
-764 ft
Descent
00:25:57
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Lester Park
    Duluth, Minnesota
  • AKA
    Duluth Traverse
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year-round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #1929 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

This is a rolling, bermed, flowing, machine-built stretch of singletrack, generally following the western edge of Lester River.

This trail is ripping fast both ways: DESCENDING is fantastic and nearly effortless because you can keep your speed through the countess bermed hairpin turns. And if you're ASCENDING (starting from Lester Park), the trail rolls and flows so effortlessly, that you practically feel like you're pumping your way to the top.

As an easy/intermediate trail there are no notable riding 'features' and no technical b-lines. But, experienced riders will have tons of fun "narrowing the trail" by simply going faster and riding the roller coaster.

Also, there are several nice scenic overlooks on the east side of the trail, looking down on the Lester River. Especially nearest the bottom, there are a few places where the trail comes close to the edge of the river gorge, which could pose a risk to the very youngest/least experienced riders (however, my 5-yr old handled it just fine by staying slow and in control).

NOTE:
- This is a two-way trail, so watch for opposing traffic
- Also, this is a multi-use trail, so watch for pedestrians

This is the easternmost portion of the "Duluth Traverse", connecting to the west to the "Hawk Ridge" section.

Park in the main parking lot at Lester Park to start out with more climbing, or park at the top, where Skyline Parkway intersects Seven Bridges Rd, to start out with more descending.

Access Info

Park at Lester Park (bottom) or on W Skyline Parkway at Seven Bridges Rd.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Lester River Trail (Duluth Traverse) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -307 ft
  • Altitude min
    661 ft
  • Altitude max
    993 ft
  • Altitude start
    968 ft
  • Altitude end
    661 ft
  • Grade
    -1.59%
  • Grade max
    -26.42%
  • Grade min
    28.667%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,538 ft
  • Avg time
    00:25:57
  • Avg reverse time
    00:23:33
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Status:
on Feb 8, 2020
Snow Groomed
Avg: 4.85 (15 votes)

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  • Snow Groomed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Ideal
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  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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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
  • Camping Camping
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  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
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      Lester River... Trail Reports

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      Feb 8, 2020 @ 9:06am
      Feb 8, 2020
      Jan 5, 2020 @ 10:33am
      Jan 5, 2020
      Amity East and Lester River trails were in good shape. Packed powder, great for running or biking. Deep softer snow on trail margins. I wore...
      Dec 15, 2019 @ 5:22pm
      Dec 15, 2019
      The morning ride was near ideal today, the upper portion is still on the soft side, but has really come in for the first time since the big storm.
      Dec 14, 2019 @ 2:37pm
      Dec 14, 2019
      Afternoon grooming has improved the trail base and should continue to firm up after an overnight sinter. Expect packed conditions with heavy...
      Dec 3, 2019 @ 4:32pm
      Dec 3, 2019
      Lester area trails still too soft for bike travel. Lester trail can be ridden from the southern trailhead, but risks trail damage with a stray...
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