Valley West - Duluth Traverse
Valley West is a part of the Duluth Traverse. The trail follows the signature style of fast, easy flow that the Mission Creek cluster is known for. It provides a rollercoaster of short hills and dips, generally following the topographic contours of the land, with smooth berms and one challenging climb (or a long, fast, flowing descent; depending from which area you start).
This trail is extremely consistent in character throughout its entire length. It's smooth, bermed, and with lots of short bridge/boardwalk crossings. The only consideration might be its relative 'remoteness' (far from the road) and the big climb out from Mission Creek Parkway if you decide to ride that far.
*NOTE: Closed when wet or muddy, and during spring thaw. Check www.coggs.com for closures.
The trail rides in both directions.
Starting at the southwest end it leaves Upper Cathedral and the Street Louis River Trail just north of the State Highway 210 road crossing.
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).
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.
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 greatest elevation change. If you are northbound, you will enjoy a long, fast, flowing descent. If you are southbound, it's a bit of a climb.
Finishing the trail, if you feel like pedaling some more, keep on riding and stretch to Valley East right on Duluth Traverse.
Some of the information on this page is sourced from:
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