“Great intermediate singletrack on the east end of Duluth.”
— Leslie Kehmeier on Oct 15, 2013
RestrictionsTrail closed when wet due to clay soil.
OverviewLester 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 KnowMulti-use and two way travel.
DescriptionBeautiful 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 & BackgroundThe 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.
ContactsLand Manager: CIty of Duluth, MN - Parks and Recreation
Local Club: Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores
Sep 30 Meeting Minutes 09/12/13
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