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Lester River Trail - Duluth Traverse

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.7 mile 6.0 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 365' 111 m
Descent: -63' -19 m
High: 963' 294 m
Low: 661' 202 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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

Matt Goodman

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Family Friendly The trail is wide and smooth. No long or steep sections of hill. Perfect swimming hole in the Lester River by the playground at the bottom.

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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Aug 3, 2019
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Jul 28, 2018
Brandi Peterson
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in Lester Park

#797

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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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