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Lester River Trail - Duluth Traverse

Intermediate
 5.0 (2)

A smooth-rolling trail. The Eastern end of the Duluth Traverse.


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Map Key

3.7

Miles

6.0

KM

99%

Runnable

963' 294 m

High

661' 202 m

Low

365' 111 m

Up

63' 19 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Clayey soil. Closed when whet or muddy and during spring thaw. See COGGS.com for trail closures.

Description

This is a rolling singletrack trail with banked turns (for the mountain bikers) that generally follows the western edge of Lester River.

This trail constitutes the easternmost portion of the "Duluth Traverse", the singletrack trail running from one end of Duluth to the other. The next section, heading southwest is the Hawk Ridge Trail .

This trail is very enjoyable in either direction (watch out for bikers! Though they must yield right of way to hikers, they move really fast through here).

There are several nice scenic overlooks on the east side of the trail, looking down on the Lester River. Especially near the bottom, there are a few places where the trail comes close to the edge of the river gorge.

NOTE:
- This is a two-way trail, so watch for opposing traffic
- Also, this is a multi-use trail

You can make a loop by connecting to either Amity East or Amity West trails, or continue across town on the Duluth Traverse.

Park in the main parking lot at Lester Park to start out with more climbing, or park at the top, where Skyline Parkway intersects Seven Bridges Rd, to start out with more descending.

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Matt Goodman

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  5.0 from 2 votes

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Looking down the Lester River (on left)
Aug 29, 2017 near Arnold, MN
Winding through the trees
Aug 29, 2017 near Arnold, MN

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Jun 19, 2019
Terri Klever Rodriguez
Awesome sauce!! 3mi — 1h 00m