The Duluth Traverse ("DT") is progressing toward completion with each trail-building season that passes. It is the result of a shared vision that COGGS and the City of Duluth have for a multi-use, singletrack trail that is purpose-built for mountain biking and completely traverses the entire length of the City of Duluth.
As beginner level singletrack, the DT connects extensive and more difficult trail networks in clusters at Lester Park, Hartley Park, Piedmont-Brewer Park, Spirit Mountain, and Mission Creek. This route is drawn strictly using sanctioned, purpose-built singletrack, and public roads.
As mapped here, the route is roughly 65% singletrack. Much of the non-singletrack is on gravel road, doubletrack, or paths. The longest section of non-singletrack is a roughly five-mile stretch of gravel road (Skyline Parkway) connecting Spirit Mountain with the Mission Creek area. The longest stretch of pavement is a cross-city 'weave' between Hartley Park and the antenna farm on Observation Hill, about 4.5 miles of city streets.
This "route" will be updated periodically when additional sections of sanctioned singletrack are filled-in.
Current as of 06/10/2017
NOTE: This route is drawn strictly using sanctioned, singletrack, and public roads., using only beginner level trails. There are many advanced alternative sections in the parks.
Wild Woods: Mission Creek to Spirit Mtn
Start in Chamber's Grove Park and head north on the rolling climb of St. Louis River Trail - Duluth Traverse
. At the junction i, keept left. Cross Hwy 210 and keep left to stay on Valley West
. Descend into the valley of Mission Creek, and turn left for a short jog on Mission Creek Pkwy
(gravel doubletrack). Take the singletrack on the right. Keep left at the junction. At the top of the singletrack climb you'll come back out on Mission Creek Pkwy
with bridges over a paved trail and several RR tracks. Continue north on this, cross Becks Rd , and onto Skyline Parkway (gravel road) going east. Ride the Skyline Pkwy for about five miles, and enjoy the views from the overlooks. Just before Spirit Mtn's Adventure Center, look for the obvious entry to Happy Camper
on your right(downhill). Only ride this down when lifts are running!
If the bike park lifts are not running, stay on the road just past Happy Camper
, take the grassy doubletrack (Bardon Peak Blvd on the map) that veers of to the right. Ride this for a few hundred yards until you come to the intersection with Candyland
, take this down. At the bottom of those singletrack bike park trails you'll reach a doubletrack (DWP railroad grade). Turn left on this.
Big climb: Spirit Mtn to Brewer Park
Across from the patio of the lower Spirit Mtn chalet, enter the woods on the singletrack Kingsbury trail. Then continue northeast on a paved recreational trail. From the I-35 underpass, follow the Keene Creek trail across Cody Street, past the florist and left onto Westgate Blvd. The singletrack will pick up again on the right (uphill) side of the road, in the trees. Keep climbing on this trail, crossing Skyline Pkwy onto Lollygagger in Brewer Park.
Hills and Harbor: Piedmont Park to Observation Hill
Follow Lollygagger down and through the Haines Road tunnel onto Lower Burner of Stovetop
, climbing gently to the top of Piedmont Park. Then head down Skyline trail, crossing Skyline Pkwy, continue descending on Lincoln Trail until you are spit out onto Lyman Street. At the corner, turn left onto the singletrack and continue on the Lincoln trail. This section will spit you out onto W9th St.Take this to it's end where you hit the singletrack of the Miller Creek section. Climb along the wild little creek and turn right at the top. Cross Piedmont Ave. on the Skyline road bridge then duck into the Enger Trail on your right. Roll along here to Twin Ponds, and ride around the lower pond to the little parking lot on the other side. Climb up and over Observation Hill.
City Streets and Singletrack: Observation Hill to Hartley
This has the longest paved road part of the ride; follow residential roads (W 9th St, 5th Ave W, W 13th St). Find your way to Pecan Ave and cross Rice Lake Rd onto singletrack again! Through Chester and on roads through UMD campus.
Watch for the DT entrance into Hartley Park on the north side of Arrowhead Rd. At the junction with Rootcanal, turn right to "Old Hartley Rd"(gravel doubletrack) for the easiest option through Hartley Park to Woodland Ave. Take Rootcanal for an intermediate singletrack option.
Ridgelines and Rivers: Hartley Park to Lester Park
Cross Woodland Ave and follow the Duluth Traverse singletrack through the woods. Turn right on Allendale Ave, and take St. Paul, Woodland and Carlisle Avenues to Vermilion Rd (go north). Ride the gravel road between cemeteries and watch for Morningside trail on your right (east) after the beaver swamp. Continue across Jean Duluth Rd. For the easiest option follow the gravel road around the corner and take Snively Trail
, for intermediate option go right onto Hawkridge Trail. From the end of either of those trails cross 7bridges Rd and take Lester River trail down to the park.