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Amity East Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.9 (18)

Great singletrack ride along the east side of Amity Creek.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Singletrack

937' 286 m

High

663' 202 m

Low

384' 117 m

Up

111' 34 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Closed when wet or muddy, and during spring thaw. See COGGS.com for closures

Description

This section can be ridden in either direction and it is very often used in conjunction with the Amity West Trail, or Lester River Trail - Duluth Traverse to create a complete loop. If doing a loop this trail is probably the best one to head 'up river' on, since it has more big ups and downs along the way, so you'll get decent climbs and descents either direction.

Starting out at Lester Park, look for this trail heading left, uphill into the woods from between the park shelter and the bridge.

Right away, you'll feel the rolling flow of this narrow trail. Cross a couple of XC ski trails before you've made it far enough west to catch your first few glimpses of Amity Creek through the woods. Once the trail reaches the Amity Creek ravine, it follows this ravine (on the east side) upstream, rolling along all the way. This is a good place to become proficient at 'pumping' the small rollers as you make your way along.

You get some great views of Gazebo Falls on Amity Creek as you ride through beautiful tall pines. After the falls, you'll cross the snowmobile trail and skirt along Seven Bridges Road for a bit.

Not much further and you'll find yourself at a spider intersection in the pines. You can opt to go left/west across Seven Bridges Road and onto Amity West Trail, or continue on Amity East by keeping to the right.

In the next section, you'll be mostly climbing, but there are plenty of short descents scattered along this segment as it rolls up the hill.

This section gets relatively rocky/rooty, especially nearest the northern end. There aren't however, any prolonged technical sections. Just one or two rocky spots that beginner riders can easily step through in a couple of strides.

When you get the chance to safely do so, don't forget to look down and take in the views of the Amity Creek ravine as you go.

The top terminus of Amity East is at it's intersection with the Lester River Trail - Duluth Traverse. From here, go left toward the Hawk Ridge Trail and Amity West Trail, or go right to descend the Lester River Trail - Duluth Traverse back to the park where you started.

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Matt Goodman

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 18 votes

#3

in Lester Park

#6722

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  3.9 from 18 votes
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Trail Rankings

#3

in Lester Park

#99

in Minnesota

#6,722

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Photos

Cruising up the east side of Lester Park
Oct 17, 2013 near Arnold, MN
Beautiful ride at Hawks Ridge near Lester River.
Sep 15, 2016 near Arnold, MN
Amity East Trail.
Jun 16, 2016 near Arnold, MN
Overlooking Lester River
Jul 2, 2013 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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Jun 7, 2021
Tyler Treganza
Jul 27, 2020
Mike Lewis
Jul 7, 2019
Graham Kolb
A lot more fun downhill then up, good flow and pretty pines 1mi — 1h 00m
Jul 3, 2019
Tanya Borslien
Sep 24, 2018
Alex Schmies
Bumps and ruts 2.3mi
Sep 11, 2018
Cooper Ling
Endo 2.3mi
Sep 9, 2018
Joe Treleven
Amnity East with cross over at top to Amnity west cross back over to Amnity east down to Park trailhead
Aug 13, 2017
Carmen Aiken
baby's first blue!