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A very old multi-use trail with a long and storied history (fur trade, lumber days, rail, motor car)


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2.4

Miles

3.8

KM

Doubletrack

1,061' 324 m

High

730' 222 m

Low

352' 107 m

Up

190' 58 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

Mission Creek Pkwy is a very old doubletrack multi-use trail. Some parts of this trail follow what was once (circa. 1928?) built by the WPA to be a 'road' which was never fully realized, and other parts follow a historic railroad grade. The track itself can be pretty rough, but it's wide. This doubletrack trail is important to the Mission Creek mountain bike singletrack cluster (and the Duluth Traverse) because it intersects and connect several existing (and future/planned) singletrack segments of the system, and it also provides an "opt-out" option.

The grade is fairly tame overall, but starting from the south (heading north) you'll initially descend until you get to Mission Creek, then it's a gradual climb the rest of the way up to Beck's Rd (Highway 3).

There are several river crossings along the way: some have stone bridges (vestiges of the WPA 'road' project?) but there are a handful of other crossings where the bridge is long gone and you have to shoulder your bike and rock-hop or wade through (water level fluctuates seasonally / usually shin-deep).

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Matt Goodman

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 5 votes

#12

in Mission Creek

#24460

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#12

in Mission Creek

#409

in Minnesota

#24,460

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A little over the bars action crossing the creek after the side of the creek was slightly washed out!
Sep 7, 2018 near Esko, MN
A day after it rained. This was the only puddle on the trail. Super fun scalloped trail. Fast and flowy. Easy to pump speed out of.
Oct 6, 2018 near Esko, MN
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Jun 15, 2018
Michael Loch
2mi — 1h 00m
Apr 15, 2017
Seth Kane
The trail isn't ready yet but soon. Checked it out for about a hundred yards and then turned back around.
May 14, 2016
Russell Johnson
Rode with JJ Bob and Gabe. 5mi
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