Lester River Trail - Duluth Traverse

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  5.0 from 5 votes
green  Easy from 4 votes
Rank: #2 in the Lester area
#4 in MN, #86 Overall
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May 24 Red - Muddy
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 7% Max Grade (4°)
Dogs: Leashed
Clay soil. Closed when whet or muddy.
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" and it connects to the west via the "Hawk Ridge" portion of the Duluth Traverse (the Hawk Ridge portion is anticipated to be completed later this summer - 2015).

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

Most of this 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 either Amity East or Amity West trails.

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 ride that covers Hartley's singletrack offerings, in one fell swoop!
near Arnold, MN
5.0 (1)
A long, fun, flowing rollercoaster.
near Esko, MN
4.0 (6)
Great easy-intermediate singletrack on the east end of Duluth.
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)
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Bermtastic turn (Arnold, MN)
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Lester River, near parking lot (Arnold, MN)