Valley West - Duluth Traverse
Valley West is a part of the Duluth Traverse. This trail follows the signature style of fast, easy, flow that the Mission Creek cluster is known for.
*NOTE: Closed when wet or muddy, and during spring thaw. Check coggs.com for closures.
This trail is extremely consistent in character throughout its entire length. It's smooth, bermed, 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 go that far.
The trail rides 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 most 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 more, keep on balance and stretch to Valley East right on Duluth Traverse.
Some of the information on this page is sourced from:
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