Lester River Trail - Duluth Traverse

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  4.8 from 6 votes
green  Easy from 5 votes
Rank: #2 in the Lester Park area
#8 in MN, #141 Overall
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Aug 23 Green - Dry
Trail in the area near Arnold,
“A smooth-rolling flow trail. The Eastern end of the Duluth Traverse.”
Matt Goodman on Jul 10, 2014
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3.76.0 milesKilometers 365’111 m Ascent 963’294 m High 2% Avg Grade (1°)
Singletrack Type -63’-19 m Descent 661’202 m Low 6% Max Grade (4°)
Dogs: Leashed
Family Friendly - The trail is wide and smooth. No long or steep hills. For young kids, shuttle up 7 Bridges Rd. and descend on the trail. Perfect swimming hole in the Lester River by the playground at the bottom.
Clay soil. Closed when whet or muddy and during spring thaw. See COGGS.com for trail closures.
This is a rolling, bermed, flowing, machine-built stretch of singletrack, generally following the western edge of Lester River.

This trail constitutes the easternmost portion of the "Duluth Traverse", the singletrack trail running from one end of Duluth to the other. The next section, heading southwest is the Hawk Ridge Trail .

This trail is ripping fast both ways: DESCENDING is fantastic and nearly effortless because you can keep your speed through the countless bermed hairpin turns. And if you're ASCENDING (starting from Lester Park), the trail rolls and flows so effortlessly, that you practically feel like you're pumping your way to the top.

As an easy trail, there are no notable riding 'features' and no technical b-lines. But, experienced riders will have tons of fun "narrowing the trail" by simply going faster and riding the roller coaster.

Also, there are several nice scenic overlooks on the east side of the trail, looking down on the Lester River. Especially nearest the bottom, there are a few places where the trail comes close to the edge of the river gorge, which could pose a risk to the very youngest/least experienced riders (however, my 5-yr old handled it just fine by staying slow and in control).

- This is a two-way trail, so watch for opposing traffic
- Also, this is a multi-use trail, so watch for pedestrians

You can make a loop ride by connecting to either Amity East or Amity West trails, or continue across town on the Duluth Traverse.
For less strong, beginner, riders you can climb the very scenic paved road along Amity Creek, called Seven Bridges road. This is far quicker than riding up the trail for a beginner.

Park in the main parking lot at Lester Park to start out with more climbing, or park at the top, where Skyline Parkway intersects Seven Bridges Rd, to start out with more descending.
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5.0 (1)
A long, fun, flowing rollercoaster.
near Esko, MN
4.0 (1)
This is one of the easiest ways to ride ALL of the Lester Park singletrack.
near Arnold, MN
4.0 (2)
A ride that covers Hartley's singletrack offerings, in one fell swoop!
near Arnold, MN

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PHOTOS of Lester River Trail - Duluth Traverse
  3.3 from 4 votes
Coming down the last part of Lester River Trail (Arnold, MN)
  2.3 from 4 votes
Looking down the Lester River (on left) (Arnold, MN)
  2.0 from 4 votes
Lester River, near parking lot (Arnold, MN)
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Looking up the Lester River. There are many popular swimming holes along... (Arnold, MN)
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Swimming hole at the trailhead of Lester River and Amity East trails. (Arnold, MN)