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Happy Camper

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1.7 Miles 2.7 Kilometers


2' 1 m


-401' -122 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (12°)

1,205' 367 m


806' 246 m


Shared By Matt Goodman



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An easy, curvy downhill trail.

Matt Goodman

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Access and lift pass through Spirit Mountain office.

***Caution: when chair lifts are NOT running this is a two-way trail. When lifts ARE running it's downhill-only!"


This is a relatively easy, rolling length of singletrack geared toward beginners but fun for intermediate riders as well.

Coming off the lift turn right to cruise down the doubletrack on the ski run, and take the first right between the trees.Watch out on your right (uphill) in the trees for riders dropping out of the trail there.

From the exit gate of the Adventure Park lot, cross Skyline Parkway (paved road) and enter the singletrack on relatively flat terrain. At this point, you're passing through Spirit Mountain's camping area (hence the name "Happy Camper"). Note the trailside campsites!
Watch the signs, since there are several black diamond detours in this section.

After passing the campground, cross Skyline Parkway again, and start getting into the downhill section. There are no difficult features (no jumps, gaps, drops, etc.) on this run. It essentially descends the hill in a long series of bermed switchbacks and small rollers.

NOTE: This run provides access to some very difficult trails & jump areas (Wild Cat and Boss Hog). Watch the signs to stay on Happy Camper.

The run really ends when it intersects with the long, straight doubletrack that makes a bee-line for the lift ( DWP rail grade). Turn left to head back to the bottom of the lift, and make sure to take a spin through the jump/skills park after crossing the ski run!


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Dumb question. I'm brand new to this mountain biking world and finding my way around the trails in town. Also, I tend to over-think things. So, if Happy Camper is only uphill when the lift is off, how do I get back down the hill if I'm coming from the west? Candyland? If so, do you need a pass for that? May 27, 2018
Matt Goodman
Duluth, MN
Matt Goodman   Duluth, MN
Hi Brad - sorry it's taken a while to answer your question about directionality of Happy Camper and doing the Duluth Traverse. Happy Camper is a two-way trail when the lifts are not running! That means that when Spirit Mountain's lifts are NOT running you can traverse Duluth in either direction. However, when the lifts are running you have to traverse Duluth from west-to-east. Or, alternatively, you can use a different connector between Spirit Mountain and the Mission Creek area (not Skyline Parkway): for example, a few residential streets near the base of Spirit Mountain will lead you to the Munger Shaw paved bike trail, which will take you all the way to the Mission Creek trails as well! Jun 6, 2018

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