Epic Duluth Traverse Route From Hartley to Lester

One of my Favorite Duluth Traverse Routes – Hartley to Lester

By Dave Grandmaison

This sweet 10-mile route takes you down some super fun sections of the Duluth Traverse and ends at Brighton Beach where you can finish off your ride with a cool dip in Lake Superior.

You’ll climb a short distance to the top of Owatanna Street in Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood and bomb down some sick single track, catch the Vermillion and Hawk Ridge sections of the DT before descending to the lake on the Lester River Trail. I’d love to hear what you think of the route so please leave your comments below.

Cheers! See you on the trail!

Route Stats: Hartley to Lester

  • Location: Duluth, MN
  • Ride Type: Point-to-Point
  • Surface: Mostly Singletrack
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Distance: 10.1 miles
  • Total Climb: 523 feet
  • Total Descent: 1,100 feet
  • Starting Point: Hartley Nature Center
  • Ending Point: Brighton Beach

Route Notes: Mostly downhill from the end of Owatanna Street through some unnamed sections of trail and connecting to the Vermillion and Hawk Ridge sections of the Duluth Traverse. Includes forested trails, well-built boardwalks, and epic views of Lake Superior.

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If you’re interested in learning more about our group rides and guided mountain bike trips, please visit The Duluth Traverse Mountain Bike Adventure Page

Hawk Ridge Section of the Duluth Traverse

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