Relatively short singletrack & ATV trail that crosses several small wood/concrete bridges. Multiple stream crossings. Hardpack soil, rocky stream effluvial traces (shaley, small rocky sections), sand, mud, roots.
If run one way, start at the highway and drop 1/4 mile, over a train bridge, down to a bridge crossing the paved Munger trail. Drop to the left down onto the Munger Trail & head north. Go north about 1/4 mile - the singletrack starts from an opening on the right (east). No signage yet at the entrance. This singletrack winds wonderfully through the trees and underbrush, dropping very slowly for 1-2 miles, then starts to drop more significantly, crossing the first series of small wooden bridges. Watch for a few possibly very wet and rooty short descents (50 yards and 10-15 vertical feet). The stream crossings begin at this point, with the first 4-5 being the most challening. These crossings can vary from a few inches to knee height, depending on recent rains/ snowmelt. If you are not comfortable riding them, then carefully walk. You will get wet feet no matter what. If ridden after rain, there will be many puddles and wet sections of trail. Ride them - do not go around & widen the trail. You will get wet, sandy, & muddy on this ride, so just expect this & enjoy it! Follow the main trail around as it slowly drops to the level of the stream bottoms (all the crossings are over the same winding stream). The trail will swing around to the south after the last stream crossing, and begin to noticeably rise equal to a rail grade, which amounts to a relatively long 1 or 1-1/2 mile climb back up to the parking area. This climb will turn into the one you came in on (down over the rail bridge from the highway), so as soon as you cross the bridge above the paved Munger trail & the bridge over the rails, you can seethe parking barrier up ahead, marking the end of a lung-busting climb.
Look for wild raspberry bushes, and there is wildlife in the area (bear, deer, raccoons, bobcats?, etc.).
Summary: These are some of my favorite trails. There is something for everyone here. You can get your cardio on riding the ski trails, get thrills on the challenging single track, or shave your legs and just bike up seven bridges road. We have been riding out here for a few years and we are still finding new trails. There have been some very nice improvements this last summer to the trail west of seven bridges road. Definately some of the best in the area.
Recommended Route: Follow the GPS track, but don't hesitate to take new paths and explore.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Spirit Mtn.
Pokegama (Superior, WI)
Mont-Du-Lac (5$ on Tuesdays IIRC)
Review Date August 27, 2002
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Every few months
Reviewed by: Scuba Steve
, from Eden Prairie
Summary: Great trail, but too much overgrowth. Good late fall trail or May-June.
Recommended Route: Start at the Buffalo House (10 miles south of Duluth on I-35). Park at the Buffalo House (Great Food), head South towards Thompson/Esko about 2.5 miles on Munger Trail. You will come to a cement post sign located on the left of the trail. (It's five feet tall, you won't miss it.) Proceed on that trail for 1- 1 1/4 miles. Once you come across the Grand Portage trail you will need to keep LEFT. Continue until you see the trail becoming really tick in foladge. You will know waht I mean when you're there. Start looking for a trail heading to the right. It's steep and full of roots. Take it, follow that trail and experience technical off-camber down hills, rooty sections, and pure fun. Once you get to the road head left. You will climb for 2 miles. After 2 miles you need to keep your eye open for a trail head on the left. There will be two trails, one going straight into the woods, and another heading parrelel to the raod. take the one nearest the road. Head down that trail (seven bridges) until you see a Y in the trail. Take a left and then you're offically on the Seven Bridges trail. Ride hard, but keep your eyes wide open. As of 08/26/02 their was tons of overgrowth. The trail is hidden in some spots just past the fourth bridge. Watch out or you will ride right into huge 15-20 holes. (I didn't do that yesterday, i happened to a friend of mine...right)
Other recommended trails in the same area: Chester Bowl, Hartley, Woodland to Vermillion road trail
Review Date September 3, 1999
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Shawn
, from Duluth, MN
Summary: Mud, mud, mud, and maybe some more mud. But that's part of the fun, isn't it? Not too terrbibly long so you can do it numerous times if you have the time.
Recommended Route: There's really only one way you can go - off the Munger trail. Don't go backwards - it would make a very technical ride virtually impossible.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Chester Bowl is fair for in town riding, but Lutsen is definitely worth the trip.