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Valley West

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 3.7 (7)

This trail features more signature Mission Creek singletrack - a smooth, flowing roller coaster.


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.9

KM

Singletrack

994' 303 m

High

814' 248 m

Low

220' 67 m

Up

287' 88 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly No technical features; easy, smooth, and flowing. The only consideration might be its relative 'remoteness'(far from the road) and the big climb out from Mission Creek Pkwy if you go that far.

Closed when wet or muddy, and during spring thaw. Check coggs.com for closures.

Description

Part of the Duluth Traverse, this trail follows the signature style of fast, easy, flow that the Mission Creek cluster is known for.

The trail rides both directions. This trail is extremely consistent in character throughout its entire length; it's smooth, bermed, and flowing, with lots of short bridge/boardwalk crossings. The trail design generally follows the topographic contours of the land so there is not much sustained elevation change although most of the trail feels like a roller coaster of shorter hills and dips.

Starting at the southwest end it leaves Upper Cathedral and the St. Louis River Trail just north of the State Highway 210 road crossing.

Just a bit north of the intersection with Ninja Beaver, the bench-cut trail traverses a big open area with a beaver pond to the east. Elevation-wise, this beaver pond is a low-point in the trail, but the ascent out isn't very noticeable as the trail flows so smoothly.

The easternmost mile or so consists of the most elevation change. If you're northbound, you'll enjoy a long, fast, flowing descent. If you're southbound, it's a bit of a climb.

The eastern terminus of this trail is at its intersection with "Mission Creek Pkwy" which is a wide, rough, doubletrack trail (it was an actual dirt road for vehicles circa 1930).

Contacts

Shared By:

Matt Goodman with improvements by Jim Shoberg

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 7 votes

#10

in Mission Creek

#13164

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Trail Rankings

#10

in Mission Creek

#225

in Minnesota

#13,164

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A section of the Duluth Traverse at Mission Creek.
Aug 27, 2015 near Esko, MN

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Jul 22, 2021
Neil Ehlers
Scenic start by the river. Several sections that can be a screaming fast flow fest that will make you giggle. Not technical, but can be pretty fast
Jul 4, 2020
Andrea Somers
Very hilly 5mi
Jul 4, 2020
Paul Somers
5mi
Sep 24, 2018
Robert Wucher