1.1 miles
Distance
142 ft
Climb
-128 ft
Descent
00:12:31
Avg time
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Merritt Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Piedmont & Brewer
    Duluth, Minnesota
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #48223 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #33026 in E-Biking
    • #47202 in Trail Running
    • #52535 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in E-Biking
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Merritt Creek is a fairly technical loop off of the Stovetop (Upper Burner). Much of this loop is one-way...watch for the directional signs. The route will take you across several craggy and fun bedrock rides. Portions of this trail are littered with embedded cobbles and it's fairly rugged...not primped & 'flowy' like many newer machine-built trails.

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More Stats for Merritt Creek mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    14 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,219 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,296 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,219 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,234 ft
  • Grade
    0.2%
  • Grade max
    -19%
  • Grade min
    20.7%
  • Distance climb
    2,379 ft
  • Distance down
    2,516 ft
  • Distance flat
    932 ft
  • Avg time
    00:12:31
  • Avg reverse time
    00:17:55
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Status:
on Mar 12, 2022
Snow Packed
Avg: 4 (5 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
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  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Merritt Creek Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 21 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      All
      • 377 rides
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      Feb 10, 2019 @ 12:59pm
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      Feb 10, 2019 @ 12:59pm
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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      namdoogttam COGGS (Nov 9, 2018 at 21:28)
       My favorite technical XC trail in all of Duluth. This trail is waaaay underrated!
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      • + 0
      Randalkjohnson (Oct 16, 2021 at 18:04)
       What a great trail. Slow going, but very technical!! A challenge to say the least. Not many riders know about this trail, but it’s worth the effort to ride it. If you can ride the entire trail, you’re an accomplished rider!!
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      • + 0
      Randalkjohnson (Oct 16, 2021 at 18:07)
       The trail has some flow, but mostly very technical sections. “Trial” rider techniques are a must!
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