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!
Accessible from the zoo or from Spirit Mountain's lower lot
More Stats for Spirit Mtn (Duluth Traverse) mountain bike trail
Altitude change52 ft
Altitude min682 ft
Altitude max774 ft
Altitude start711 ft
Altitude end763 ft
Distance climb3,589 ft
Distance down2,788 ft
Distance flat845 ft
Avg reverse time00:10:53
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Spirit Mtn... Trail Reports
Minnesota Northland Region14 trails
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