Valley West - Duluth Traverse

Valley West - Duluth Traverse

Overview

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. 

Terrain

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.

Access

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).

More details

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:

https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7007028/valley-west

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4.521 km / 2.81 mi

Total Distance

150 m / 491 ft

Total Ascent

181 m / 593 ft

Total Descent

307 m / 1,007 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Good
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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