3.7 miles
Distance
458 ft
Climb
-764 ft
Descent
00:25:36
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-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
  • 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
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 75 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.

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More Stats for Lester River Trail (Duluth Traverse) mountain bike trail 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 mile
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,538 ft
  • Avg time
    00:25:36
  • Avg reverse time
    00:30:34
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on Jul 17, 2021
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      • 14 miles avg distance
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