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Lester River Trail - Duluth Traverse

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.7 mile 6.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 365' 111 m
Descent: -63' -19 m
High: 963' 294 m
Low: 661' 202 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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A smooth-rolling flow trail. The Eastern end of the Duluth Traverse.

Matt Goodman

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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.

Description

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).

NOTE:
- 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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Sep 6, 2019
Nick Lundgren
Nice ride 3.7mi — 0h 35m
Aug 30, 2019
Dp Mn
James and dad, nice hard ride up...then the flow down. River is close and nice spots to look at waterfalls. Little Angie's for lunch afterward 7mi
Jul 31, 2019
Ty K
Amazing trail for my 7 year old. She loved it.
Jul 7, 2019
Graham Kolb
Did in reverse, with amity east. Slow uphill burn with some fun stuff; next time do it forward 3mi — 2h 00m
Jul 3, 2019
Tanya Borslien
Sep 24, 2018
Alex Schmies
Really fun to ride from hawk ridge to Lester 3.7mi
Aug 18, 2018
Aaron Molina
8mi — 0h 43m
Aug 12, 2018
Jessica Dean

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 19 votes

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#373

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Photos

Coming down the last part of Lester River Trail
Jun 16, 2015 near Arnold, MN
Deep snow makes for a soft fall off Amity West Trail.
Nov 17, 2015 near Arnold, MN
Looking down the Lester River (on left)
Jul 10, 2014 near Arnold, MN
Bermtastic turn
Jul 10, 2014 near Arnold, MN
Looking up the Lester River. There are many popular swimming holes along this stretch!
Jul 10, 2014 near Arnold, MN
Lester River, near parking lot
Jul 2, 2013 near Arnold, MN

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