Lester Park Tour

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  4.0 from 6 votes
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Rank: #1 in the Lester area
#7 in MN, #1,107 Overall
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May 24 Red - Muddy
Featured Ride in the area near Arnold,
“Great easy-intermediate singletrack on the east end of Duluth.”
Leslie Kehmeier on Oct 15, 2013
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5.08.0 milesKilometers 408’125 m Ascent 961’293 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
100% Singletrack -407’-124 m Descent 674’205 m Low 11% Max Grade (6°)
Dogs: Leashed
Trail closed when wet due to clay soil.
Lester Park encompasses the ridges above Amity Creek and the Lester River 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.
Beautiful views of the river valleys 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. There are several game and spur trails that offshoot the main trail but if you follow the blue and 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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A ride that covers Hartley's singletrack offerings, in one fell swoop!
near Arnold, MN
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A long, fun, flowing rollercoaster.
near Esko, MN

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  3.8 from 4 votes
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  3.5 from 4 votes
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