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Old 09-19-14, 01:12 PM
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biking MN North Shore and Duluth area??

We are going to the North Shore next week. We have biked some on the Gitchi-Gami Trail from Goosberry Falls to Split Rock Lighthouse. Has anyone biked any of the other segments. Are there any areas that really stand out or any hidden gems off the main trails? Also, does Duluth have much for bike trails? Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks
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Old 10-02-14, 07:27 AM
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We are going to the North Shore next week. We have biked some on the Gitchi-Gami Trail from Goosberry Falls to Split Rock Lighthouse. Has anyone biked any of the other segments. Are there any areas that really stand out or any hidden gems off the main trails? Also, does Duluth have much for bike trails? Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks
We went to the North Shore last week. The weather was beautiful, sunny and in the 70's. There is roughly 30 miles of of Gitchi-Gami Trail open. A short segment (3.1) near Schroeder has a spectacular view of the Temperance river dropping down through deep gorges. There is a nice segment from Goosberry Falls to Beaver Bay(14.6 miles). The view as you cross Goosberry Falls is also spectacular. This segment goes through the Split Rock Lighthouse area and into Beaver Bay. There is also a 7.3 mile segment from Tofte to Lutsen as well as a couple other short segments. I think about 30 miles in all. Most of it very pretty. In most places Hiway 61 has a wide shoulder so a person could ride from segment to segment if they chose to. The trail has some ups and downs, more than the highway. I also went on a trail in Duluth. It is about 7.5 miles from Canal Street to the North edge of town. It was nice but not spectacular. I was hoping for more. There was about a mile near downtown that was a little rough. All in all it was a very good time and the weather was perfect which definitely helped. I will try to attach pictures later.
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Good post. I plan on heading up that way next summer for a vacation and I wanted to explore the local trails. My plans are to go farther up and stay in Grand Marais. There has to be some good trail/gravel riding in that area.
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I have ridden a short segment of the Willard Munger trail. I understand it is 70 miles of paved trail. It goes from Duluth SW to Hinkley. I found my 1964 moulton in Duluth. Eat and drink at Fitgers along the Lake Superior bike path in Duluth. Drive across the Bong Bridge and do whatever comes to mind....
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So, what trail they have that is complete is paved? In between the sections that you noted above, you were on the shoulder of the highway? Wide enough to feel pretty safe? Does this connect to the Willard Munger trail by any chance? What exactly is the Lake Superior Bike Path in Duluth? Is it a specific bike path/multi use trail, or just city streets? A friend and I would like to bike around Duluth this year, but we typically are looking for rides of 30+ on mostly bike/multi use trails. I did see something online about a pedestrian/bike use part of a bridge that spans Lake Superior, and that looked like it might be interesting, but I couldn't tell if that connected to any bike trail, or of it was something you'd be dodging street traffic to get to via bike. Would love to hear from others that have biked this area, and info if we crossed into WI from Duluth for biking.
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Originally Posted by Craptacular8 View Post
So, what trail they have that is complete is paved? In between the sections that you noted above, you were on the shoulder of the highway? Wide enough to feel pretty safe? Does this connect to the Willard Munger trail by any chance? What exactly is the Lake Superior Bike Path in Duluth? Is it a specific bike path/multi use trail, or just city streets? A friend and I would like to bike around Duluth this year, but we typically are looking for rides of 30+ on mostly bike/multi use trails. I did see something online about a pedestrian/bike use part of a bridge that spans Lake Superior, and that looked like it might be interesting, but I couldn't tell if that connected to any bike trail, or of it was something you'd be dodging street traffic to get to via bike. Would love to hear from others that have biked this area, and info if we crossed into WI from Duluth for biking.
I have ridden the lake front trail several times. On the East end, it is pretty open and not very crowded. On the West end, it is a mob scene in the summer. Between four wheel buggies, roller bladers, and walkers, it can be pretty dicey dodging in and out of traffic. Cross the lift bridge and you can ride all the way out to Park Point on the street. Usually pretty open, but bring a patch kit, quite a bit of glass on the street. Willard Munger is okay on the very North end. Once you leave the parks, it gets pretty boring. I haven' rode much of the Gitchi Gammi trail, just bits and pieces. It can be a pretty challenging trail. If you go, enjoy, it can be very beautiful up there.
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I have ridden the lake front trail several times. On the East end, it is pretty open and not very crowded. On the West end, it is a mob scene in the summer. Between four wheel buggies, roller bladers, and walkers, it can be pretty dicey dodging in and out of traffic. Cross the lift bridge and you can ride all the way out to Park Point on the street. Usually pretty open, but bring a patch kit, quite a bit of glass on the street. Willard Munger is okay on the very North end. Once you leave the parks, it gets pretty boring. I haven' rode much of the Gitchi Gammi trail, just bits and pieces. It can be a pretty challenging trail. If you go, enjoy, it can be very beautiful up there.
Thanks for the info. I had thought the Gitchi-Gami trail would be typical of other MN bike paths, so good to know it would be challenging.
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