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Lester River Trail - Duluth Traverse

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 5.0 from 1 vote
  Easy/Intermediate from 1 vote
Rank: #13 in the Duluth area
#28 in MN, #541 Overall
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Trail near Duluth,  area, 
“The easternmost portion of the Duluth Traverse, in Lester Park.”
Matt Goodman on Jul 10, 2014
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3.15.0 milesKilometers 365’111 m Ascent 960’293 m High 2.5% Avg Grade
Singletrack Type -63’-19 m Descent 658’201 m Low 4.3% Max Grade
Description
This is a rolling, bermed, flowing, machine-built stretch of singletrack, generally following the western edge of Lester River.

This trail is ripping fast both ways: DESCENDING is fantastic and nearly effortless because you can keep your speed through the countess 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/intermediate 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).

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

This portion of trail was completed & opened in July of 2014 and will eventually connect to subsequent portions of the Duluth Traverse heading west (to the Hartley trails, Piedmont trails, Brewer Park trails, and Mission Creek trails).

You can also make a loop ride by connecting to the Amity Creek section of singletrack (west of Amity Creek).

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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