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Lester Park Tour

Consensus:    (details)
 4.7 from 3 votes
  Intermediate from 2 votes
Rank: #2 in the Duluth area
#3 in MN, #373 Overall
Views: 1,490. Last 30 days: 85
Condition:
Aug 17 Tacky
Featured Ride near Duluth,  area, 
“Great intermediate singletrack on the east end of Duluth.”
Leslie Kehmeier on Oct 15, 2013
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4.87.7 milesKilometers 574’175 m Ascent 968’295 m High 4.6% Avg Grade
90% Singletrack -579’-177 m Descent 672’205 m Low 6.9% Max Grade
Restrictions
IMPORTANT: (Summer 2014!) The Connector trail between the Lester Park parking lot and the main (Amity Creek) loop is closed, due to road construction on Seven Bridges Road.
Trail closed when wet due to clay soil.
Overview
Lester Park travels along the ridges above Amity Creek on either side of Seven Bridges Road. There are access points on either side of the 2nd bridge and the 7th bridge. Both have small gravel parking areas nearby.
Need To Know
Multi-use and two way travel.
Description
Beautiful views of the river valley and smooth, flowing singletrack are what you'll find when you ride Lester. There are a handful of rocky or rooty sections, but overall the trail is non-technical and the best option in the Duluth area if you are newer to mountain biking. There are several game and spur trails that off shoot the main trail but if you follow the white COGGS signs it is easy to find the whole loop.

In general the east side of the loop is more smooth and easier going than the west side which features more rocks, bridges and tight turns.

The ride can be done in either direction and is a lollipop loop with a very short 'stick' at the beginning/end. Going counter-clockwise will allow you to tackle the more technical sections later in the ride.
History & Background
The singletrack at Lester has been around for about a decade. Originally it was roughed in deer trails and some ninja built trail that was unofficial. In 2009, the City of Duluth authorized COGGS to officially manage this trail and we commenced connecting the different sections and improving sustainability and flow. We worked with the Yes! Duluth program who provided student workers to work with a COGGS supervisor for 25 hours per week throughout the summer of 2010. The trail was complete in July of 2010 and hosted the Great Hawk Chase Minnesota Mountain Bike Series race in August of 2013.
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PHOTOS of Lester Park Tour
 3.7 from 3 votes
Cruising up the east side of Lester Park (Duluth, MN)
 2.7 from 3 votes
West side trail entrance. (at the top) (Duluth, MN)
 2.5 from 4 votes
Overlooking Lester River (Duluth, MN)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Lester River, near parking lot (Duluth, MN)
 2.3 from 3 votes
If you see this sign be aware that the trails are truly to wet to ride. ... (Duluth, MN)
 2.0 from 3 votes
Looking up the Lester River. There are many popular swimming holes along... (Duluth, MN)
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