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Hawk Ridge Trail - Duluth Traverse

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (13)

A rugged flow trail right along the edge of Hawk Ridge.


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2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

Singletrack

1,181' 360 m

High

963' 294 m

Low

115' 35 m

Up

280' 85 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

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

Description

The first few hundred feet of trail (from east-to-west) consists of a short climb with big curvy berms (more fun on the way back down). When you finish this climb, the trail settles into what represents its overall characteristics: rugged rockiness. There is a fair amount of bedrock to rock your socks off, and in between that is mostly broken and crushed rock...some of it a bit sharp. Since the trail parallels the ridge itself (Hawk Ridge - the trail's namesake), there isn't a lot of sustained climbing or descent....just undulation. For technical b-lines, watch the lake-side of the trail where there are at least two opportunities for a descent drop/roll-down (~4'?).

The rattle-factor of this trail makes it tough to classify as "easy". It's probably most accurately described as "intermediate". However, being a portion of the Duluth Traverse ("DT") the hope is that it will be accessible to riders of nearly all skill levels. Note that if this trail proves a bit too much of a beginner, there are ample opportunities to "opt-out" by cutting just a few feet, uphill, through the woods to ride the gravel road just above (Skyline Pkwy).

The views to the southeast are stunning and relentless. You're never more than a few seconds away from a good place to 'pull over' and take in the views of Lake Superior and the City of Duluth below. It wouldn't be uncommon to see a ship or two coming or going from the harbor, and the cluster of sailboats ducking it out in one of the Duluth Yacht Club's week night races. There is one particularly good spot, approximately 1 mile from the east end, where trail skirts around jutting dome of bedrock giving trail users a particularly great view.

Near the western end, the trail crosses to the north side of Skyline Parkway (gravel road). This section rolls nicely up and over a rocky hill. There is a 900' section of road-riding on Amity St (gravel) just east of Jean Duluth Road.

Contacts

Shared By:

Matt Goodman with improvements by Jim Shoberg

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 13 votes

#2

in Lester Park

#914

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#2

in Lester Park

#18

in Minnesota

#914

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Photos

Riding the Pines.
Jan 18, 2016 near Arnold, MN
Early winter ride on Hawks Ridge, looking east. Fat bikes help smooth out the chunky rocks a bit.
Nov 24, 2015 near Arnold, MN
Plenty of loose and embedded rocks make this trail challenging but fun and flow to ride.
May 27, 2016 near Arnold, MN
One of the smoother sections of Hawk Ridge Trail.
May 8, 2017 near Arnold, MN
Rolling the rocks.
Nov 24, 2015 near Arnold, MN
Coming 'round the corner high above Lake Superior.
Mar 3, 2016 near Arnold, MN

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Jun 15, 2019
Katie Lassi
Sep 22, 2018
Allie Lynn
Jul 21, 2018
Matt Settergren
Jun 20, 2018
Blayne Cowan
Jun 14, 2018
L S
VERY rocky but beautiful views!
Oct 1, 2016
Henry Slocum
A perfect way to start the morning. Just enough rocks to make you focus on your line, but smooth enough to enjoy the fantastic views of Lake Superi... 2mi
Jun 7, 2016
Tyler Treganza
Oct 11, 2015
Brad Mackinaw
amazing views