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Observation Hill - Duluth Traverse

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (4)

A short, over-the-hump section of flow trail.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Singletrack

1,190' 363 m

High

1,071' 326 m

Low

120' 37 m

Up

71' 22 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly Smooth and wide surface, fun berms and short distance out and back. Swimming and fishing ponds at the parking lot.

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

Description

This is a continuation of the Duluth Traverse, connecting Observation Road (paved road) with Twin Ponds (city park). The nearest parking is at the Twin Ponds parking lot.

From the parking lot climb the bermed switchback to a great overlook at the top. Note the rocks and rollers to use as launchpads on the way back if you want to do an out-and-back.
The high point on this trail offers some of the biggest views in town, it's not called Observation Hill for nothing!
The last 1,000' of trail is a fast slalom through the woods down to the road.
Between the view and the fun features on the trail, this section should not not be skipped when riding the Enger Trail - Duluth Traverse .

The Enger Trail - Duluth Traverse connects to this parking lot. It's located on the other side of the lower pond (next to the pedestrian crossing dam).

Contacts

Shared By:

Matt Goodman with improvements by Jim Shoberg

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 4 votes

#7

in Duluth

#9473

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#7

in Duluth

#130

in Minnesota

#9,473

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Photos

Photo credit: Hansi Johnson.
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Ripping down the Observation Hill trail at sunrise.
Oct 5, 2015 near Duluth, MN

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Sep 25, 2019
Graham Kolb
Just checking out single sections of the DT in prep for the whole thing; pretty views, easy and fun, good for da whole fam. Some interesting features 1mi — 0h 20m
Sep 22, 2018
Cooper Ling
0.4mi
Oct 2, 2016
Henry Slocum
A great section with wonderful views. No surprises, just great flow. 0.4mi
Aug 13, 2016
Doug Johnson