New Riverside mountain-biking trail in Mission Creek is open

Another 2.2 miles of mountain biking trail has opened in Duluth in the Mission Creek area of far western Duluth. COGGS (Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores) announced the opening late last week.

I rode the trail on Sunday, and it’s spectacular. It’s a wide “flow” trail that rides like a dream as it winds around the ravines and beneath towering white pines between Minnesota Highway 210 and the St. Louis River.

A mountain biker negotiates a bridge on a new segment of mountain biking trail in the Mission Creek area that opened this past weekend. Hansi Johnson shared this photo. For more photos of this trail segment, visit Johnson’s “Universal Klister” blog at universalklister.blogspot.com. (Hansi Johnson photo)

The trailhead is 1/4 mile up Highway 210 on the left side from Chambers Grove and Minnesota Highway 23. The trail was built by Aaron Rodgers and his Upper Peninsula crew from Rock Solid Trails.

I’m not an expert rider by any means, and I was comfortable on the entire trail, even some of the bridges that had some elevation change to them. However, beginning mountain bikers might find some of the short, steep drops on the trail and on some of the bridges more than they want.

Here’s how I’d compare the trail to other mountain biking trails around town. It’s wider than the trails at Hartley and along Amity Creek. It’s as wide as the Duluth Traverse segment along the Lester River which opened recently. It’s much less rocky and rooty than the trails at Hartley. The bridges are much wider than those at Hartley and some along Amity Creek.

Mostly, it just flows beautifully and offers gorgeous views of that mature maple and pine forest around every corner.

The Rock Solid trail crew is still working on the trails on the upper side of Highway 210, and those trails remain closed, COGGS reminds riders. Rock Solid is in the U.P. this week and will return the week of the Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival to put the finishing touches on that trail.

 

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