4 miles
458 ft
-764 ft
Avg time


  • Riding Area
    Lester Park
    Duluth, Minnesota
  • AKA
    Duluth Traverse
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #1929 in Mountain Biking
  • 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).

- 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) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -307 ft
  • Altitude min
    661 ft
  • Altitude max
    993 ft
  • Altitude start
    968 ft
  • Altitude end
    661 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,538 ft
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on Nov 9, 2018
Snow Packed
Avg: 4.85 (14 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to lester-river-trail-duluth-traverse-22180 trailhead (46.861400, -92.015860)
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Lester River... 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
Sep 8, 2018 @ 12:56pm
Sep 8, 2018
Still some puddles and soft clay at the top
Aug 13, 2018 @ 4:07am
Aug 13, 2018
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