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Guardrail Loop

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  3.4 from 5 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 4 votes
Rank: #2 in the Hartley area
#101 in MN, #5,396 Overall
Views: 490. Last 30 days: 11
Sep 30 Green - Mostly Dry
Trail in the area near Duluth,
“Some nice singletrack in the middle of the city.”
Keith Wiley on Jul 12, 2013
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2.54.1 milesKilometers 172’52 m Ascent 1,381’421 m High 3% Avg Grade (1°)
Singletrack Type -172’-53 m Descent 1,232’376 m Low 10% Max Grade (6°)
Dogs: Leashed
Closed when wet. Check for trail conditions.

Two-way trail - yield to uphill traffic
Multi-use - yield to hikers
Hartley is a beautiful park with some great hardwood forests, an open grassland marsh and a large rock bluff. Some trails are a bit rocky and rooty, which lead to some technical challenges, but they are not overly difficult. Many of the new reroutes are quite smooth and have nice flow to the design. There are several punchy climbs with enough rocks and roots to make choosing the right line important, but there aren't any lung busters, just rolling hills.

You'll need to ride either Rhamnus or The Fisherman to get to the start of the Guardrail Loop at the "Four Corners Intersection."

If you keep right at every intersection, you'll do a counterclockwise lap of the Guardrail, eventually ending up back at Four Corners.

Turning onto Blue Pots will give you an inner loop that is a bit more difficult.
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5.0 (1)
A ride that covers Hartley's singletrack offerings, in one fell swoop!
near Arnold, MN
4.5 (4)
Great easy-intermediate singletrack on the east end of Duluth.
near Arnold, MN

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PHOTOS of Guardrail Loop
 3.7 from 3 votes
Kickin it 6-yr-old-style on the Guardrail Loop (Duluth, MN)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Morning commute to work...on singletrack. (Duluth, MN)
 2.5 from 4 votes
A "Y" near four-corners intersection. (Duluth, MN)
 2.3 from 3 votes
This creek crossing now has a nice wooden bridge over it (as of summer 2... (Duluth, MN)
 2.0 from 3 votes
Rocks & dirt (Duluth, MN)
 2.0 from 3 votes
If your feeling lost this will give you an idea of where you are at in r... (Duluth, MN)
 2.0 from 3 votes
Intersection with the Inner Loop. (Duluth, MN)
 2.0 from 3 votes
Staying right takes you on the Outer Loop. Left puts you on the Inner L... (Duluth, MN)
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