Duluth  Trail Systems

Duluth Traverse

For those looking for the ultimate mountain bike endurance challenge in Duluth, look no further than than the Duluth Traverse, which features lung busting climbs, fast, flowing descents, and breathtaking views. The Traverse connects all the trail systems in Duluth, and starts at Lester Park and ends at Mission Creek, but riders can start at either end and work their way over to the other. All of the trail systems will have Duluth Traverse icons on their trail markers to indicate which parts of the trail system are on the Duluth Traverse route. Coming in at around 45 miles, this is a ride that will take riders most of the day to complete. There are several routes for the Duluth Traverse, so having prior knowledge, some form of trail GPS(such as Trailforks), or a local rider who can show you around work best when riding the Traverse.

You can view the Trailforks route for Duluth Traverse here, but keep in mind some riders may take a different route.

Spirit Mountain

One of the top choices for lift-access mountain biking, Spirit Mountain features terrain for all types of riders. From extremely technical downhill runs to flowing green runs, Spirit has no shortage of trails. For those that want to test their climbing legs, there are several routes that someone can take to earn their descents, such as The Puker Climb.

It does cost money to ride the lift access trails at Spirit, so if you’re looking at including it in your mountain biking plans for the summer, plan for purchasing a lift ticket.

You can view the Trailforks route for Spirit Mountain here.

Click here for Spirit Mountain’s Current Trail Status

Mission Creek Trails

Mission Creek features some of the best cross country mountain biking in Duluth. The trail area features a good mix of flowing trail, non technical descents, and varying styles of climbs ranging from steep and punchy to moderate length sustained climbs. For those looking to do some gravel riding as well, Mission Creek connects to the DWP Trail System, a gravel trail that connects all the way to Spirit Mountain and a little bit beyond.

You can view the Trailforks route for Mission Creek Trails here.

Click here for the Mission Creek COGGS Twitter Feed

Piedmont / Brewer / Enger / Keene

Featuring some of the most hair-raising terrain in Duluth, Piedmont is an extremely fun and challenging trail. Numerous significant elevation changes and rocky bluffs will challenge even the most experienced rider, and make all who ride the technical lines appreciate their suspension. For those riders who prefer the faster, less technical cross country trails, the Duluth Traverse also runs through this area as well.

Right across the Haines Road from Piedmont is one of Duluth’s most highly rated trails, Brewer Park. While it’s only a singular loop, this trail provides for some of the best mix of terrain in Duluth. Those preferring to have more of a cross-country style experience on the trails can stick to the main Home Brew loop, those seeking more technical terrain can take, Kissing Booth, a small loop that splits off then meets back up with Home Brew and features one of the best descent/ climbing experiences in Duluth.

You can view the Trailforks route for Piedmont and Brewer Trails here.

Click here for the Piedmont / Brewer / Enger / Keene COGGS Twitter Feed

Hartley Park / UMD Traverse / Chester Park

Hartley Park offers various terrain, mostly in the form of single track that weaves through forests and marshland, but there are also some more technical sections such as Rock Knob. Whatever your terrain preference, Hartley will most like have terrain that suits your current abilities, as well as terrain that will push you out of your comfort zone.

The UMD section of trail runs through the University of Minnesota Duluth Campus, and features easy flowing single track that connects the Hartley Park and Chester trails.

For those looking for lots of rolling terrain, Chester Rim is a great option with lots of flowing lines and great views of Chester Bowl and Chester Creek. Please use caution, however, as this is a multi-use trail in a heavily used park and it intersects several other hiking-only trails.

You can view the Trailfork routes for Hartley Park, UMD Traverse and Chester Park here.

Click here for the Hartley / UMD / Downer / Chester COGGS Twitter Feed.

Lester Park / Hawk's Ridge / Morning Side / Downer

Amazing views of the Lester River Valley and fast flowing a single-track is what you’ll find when you ride Lester. While largely nontechnical, there are some rooted and rocky sections.  Overall this trail system is one of the best for newer or novice trail riders.

For those looking to challenge their technical skills, Hawk’s Ridge is located next to Lester and is connected by the Duluth Traverse Trail System. While the Hawk’s Ridge System offers smaller climbs and decents, it is a considerably more technical ride than Lester, with much of the trail being technical rocky lines cutting across the side of the ridge. However, those that take on the technical lines of Hawk Ridge will be rewarded with one of the best overlooks of Duluth.

You can view the Trailfork routes for the Lester Park Trail and Hawk Ridge Trail Systems here.

Click here for the Lester / Hawk Ridge / Morning Side / Downer COGGS Twitter Feed.

Trail Conditions:

Duluth is home to some of the best, most well developed and maintained trails in the Midwest! Regardless of where or how you want to ride – we’ve got a trail for you. Check out the above tabs for more area information and trail maps!

Or, for more local trails, click below to see complete TrailForks Map.


Ski Hut (East)

1032 E 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55805

Continental Ski & Bike

1305 E 1st Street.
Duluth, MN 55805
(218) 728-4466

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