1 miles
333 ft
-282 ft
Avg time


  • Riding area
    Spirit Mountain
    Duluth, Minnesota
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Year round accept wet seasons
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

Fun section that connects the paved section near the zoo to the lower parking lot at Spirit Mountain. This trail is a little more fun ridden from west to east, but most riders will ride to Spirit Mtn. from east to west.
From east to west you'll start near kingsbury creek, one of Duluth's many gorgeous trout streams. From here you'll wind your way through beautiful wide open pine and deciduous forests ascending and descending small amounts several times. The trail crosses a few dirt roads where the trail typically picks back up directly across the road or kitty-cornered. One of the pine forests further to the west is a unique area as the trees are wide open yet the canopy is thick. This leaves the area a little wet long after any rain has fallen. Loose gravel covers the trail here to help combat moisture but it can ride a little loose so check your speed coming into corners.
Your next and final road will be at the base of Spirit Mtn. Turn left at the road. Downhill and over a bridge the trail picks back up just past the bridge. Keeping speed into the trail pays dividends to advanced riders, allowing you to thread the needle between trees and boulders. Less skilled riders take caution.
You'll be riding near knowlton creek and at times on a ridge that sits almost 100 feet above the creek. Once you arrive at the Spirit Mtn lower parking lot, look for the pump tracks to your left, or head up the hill to the left and look for a wide path that continues west. This is the entry to the DWP where you can continue to the Ely's peak tunnel and on to Mission Creek trail system.

This section is groomed for winter fat biking!

Access Info

Accessible from the zoo or from Spirit Mountain's lower lot

Bike Park

More Stats for Spirit Mtn (Duluth Traverse) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    52 ft
  • Altitude min
    682 ft
  • Altitude max
    774 ft
  • Altitude start
    711 ft
  • Altitude end
    763 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,589 ft
  • Distance down
    2,788 ft
  • Distance flat
    845 ft
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on Sep 17, 2018
Avg: 5 (4 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to spirit-mtn-duluth-traverse trailhead (46.715878, -92.205693)
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Spirit Mtn... Trail Reports

Sep 17, 2018 @ 12:40pm
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Sep 15, 2018 @ 6:45am
Sep 15, 2018
reporter Lots of rain overnight, trails need time to dry out today.
Sep 14, 2018 @ 2:56pm
Sep 14, 2018
Sep 7, 2018 @ 1:13pm
Sep 7, 2018
Sep 3, 2018 @ 9:05am
Sep 3, 2018
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Spirit Mountain - Duluth, MN 2017
3:37 | 300 | May 29, 2017 , Duluth