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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.
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
Altitude change-290 ft
Altitude min660 ft
Altitude max969 ft
Altitude start968 ft
Altitude end677 ft
Distance climb1.1 miles
Distance down2.0 miles
Distance flat3,465 ft
Avg reverse time00:27:57
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Lester River... Trail Reports
May 15, 2017 @ 5:50amMay 15, 2017
|reporter Trails are muddy: due to early AM rain.|
May 9, 2017 @ 7:32pmMay 9, 2017
|reporter Season opener!!!|
Mar 27, 2017 @ 6:21amMar 27, 2017
|Closed for spring thaw - please be patient!|
Mar 10, 2017 @ 6:07amMar 10, 2017
|Many icy spots; avoid riding when temps into the 30's|
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:58amDec 12, 2016
|Fresh snow cover (2"-4")|
Routes with this trail
|Duluth Traverse featured||40.2 miles|
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