Bike trails

The Duluth Traverse / Hawk Ridge Trail
October 13, 2016 by Andrew Slade

The Duluth Traverse / Hawk Ridge Trail

A new trail has opened along Duluth’s scenic eastern ridgeline. Coursing along the rim of the hills above the Lester Park neighborhood, it's part of the COGGS multi-use Duluth Traverse trail … read more


Duluth’s Lakewalk: Bike to Brighton Beach
July 23, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Duluth’s Lakewalk: Bike to Brighton Beach

From the heart of Duluth's Canal Park tourist area, a paved bicycle path leads seven miles along the North Shore and through Duluth's historic eastern neighborhoods to a lovely bit of North Shore coastline, Brighton Beach.  Most folks know this path as the Lakewalk. But that's a misnomer. Let's call it the Beach Bike...and let's go for a ride! On hot summer days, Brighton Beach is often the coolest place in Duluth as light breezes slide over the lake. Here's where the "Beach Bike" will take you, with just over six miles of scenic riding from Canal Park: Brighton Beach is a longtime … read more


Munger Trail: Caution, trail work ahead!
May 14, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Munger Trail: Caution, trail work ahead!

If you're looking for a great bike trail in the Duluth area, the Munger Trail is generally the place to go. This spring and summer, however, you might just make some back-up plans Off in the western stretches of Duluth is the northern terminus of the Willard Munger State Trail. The Munger Trail runs 63 paved miles from Hinckley to Duluth. The last ten miles of the trail must be the most scenic of the whole stretch, as the trail crosses the roaring St. Louis River by Jay Cooke State Park and then descends past canals and through dramatic rock … read more


Save the skiers…from themselves!
January 24, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Save the skiers…from themselves!

Nordic skating on Lake Superior from http://www.nordicskating.org/superior/mileout.jpg Recently I wrote here about how delusional skiers are. They are over-the-top optimistic about the poor cross country ski conditions here in Duluth. But maybe it’s better that they stick to the trails and suffer than get out for the really wacky alternative stuff.Skiers are giving up on the forest trails and want to go ice skating. But when you've got wild trails in your blood, you can't settle for a city ice rink. So skiers are buying special nordic skates they can attach their ski boots to, then having a … read more


The shutdown continues: Go to Twin Points
July 11, 2011 by Andrew Slade

The shutdown continues: Go to Twin Points

Your own personal deck at the Twin Points boat launch. While Minnesota's governor and legislature play Chicken with each other over the state budget, the state parks remain closed. If you're on the North Shore and looking for an outdoor experience, head for one of the public boat landings. My personal favorite on the shore is Twin Points.  Twin Points is just three miles past Gooseberry Falls State Park. It was the site of a family resort and has since been transferred to state ownership. Unlike the state parks, Twin Point remains open this month.  Three great features make this a must-do … read more


Park Point ice ridges call out to climbers
March 24, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Park Point ice ridges call out to climbers

If you build it, they will come. When Lake Superior builds up 15-foot high ice ridges on Park Point, adventurous people will climb those ridges. Our neighborhood here has become a minor tourist destination for the adrenaline addicts and photographers. As a father of boys, I was pretty nervous about the young men in the photo above. I just assumed they were young men. The wind was still howling off of the lake and these supposed dudes looked like they were at the edge of wild icy oblivion.   I made it up to that crest this morning, and was relieved to … read more


It’s tough up on the North Shore
May 17, 2009 by Andrew Slade

It’s tough up on the North Shore

This is part of the sign that marks the start of a new Pincushion mountain bike trail above Grand Marais.It got me thinking about two things.First, isn't it cool that the North Shore of Lake Superior rates its own difficulty scale? This isn't Apostle Islands Intermediate or Bloomington Intermediate. This is friggin' North Shore Intermediate, and you'd better be careful. We live in an awesome place.Second, I love how they use the trail itself to screen its riders. "If you cannot comfortably ride the first two trail features do not ride this trail!" If only we could have that … read more


I declare ski season over
April 3, 2009 by Andrew Slade

I declare ski season over

Today the Sugarbush Trail folks announced that they have 16 inches of fresh snow and groomed trails up the Onion River Road, near Lutsen. Today Snowflake Nordic here in Duluth announced they are open with trails in good shape. Congrats to them. Today I have declared the ski season over. Last time I tried to do that, I didn't take the ski rack off the car. Instead, I drove to Grand Marais the next day for a sloppy ski at Pincushion Mountain.Today, for me, it really, truly is over. The ski rack is off the car. Time for bikes and … read more


Change your life at Split Rock
February 11, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Change your life at Split Rock

You heard it here first. Or maybe second. Big changes are planned for Highway 61, the North Shore's main corridor, in the Split Rock area. For fans of hiking, biking or just scenic viewing, the changes are welcome and overdue. Construction is planned for Spring 2010.Above is the plan for reconstructing the facilities at the mouth of the Split Rock River. The parking lot on the west side of the river is one of the most popular trailheads for the Superior Hiking Trail. It's the start of the highly-used Split Rock River loop. On a busy summer or fall colors … read more