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Spirit Mountain (Between the slopes)

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Freeriding, slow technical fun stuff.
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Latitude
46.71912228434399
Longitude
-92.2168779373169
Trail Directions
Go to Spirit Mountain ski area, take an immediate left into the outer gravel parking lot. (Just after the Welcome to Spirit Mountain sign) On the left adge of the parking lot you will see a fire road heading into the woods, take that trail and follow it to the left. You will then come across a single track trail that heads towards the bottom of the mountain (whatever, it's a hill). Good single track, a bit technical and tight in spots. (for the average joe) After that you can climb through various trails between the ski slopes, there's a lot of good drops, big rocks, and technical sections. (they used this trail network for motocross freesytle acouple years ago.)
Trail Length
2-5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Duluth
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 8, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: SRautio ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail system is maintained by COGGS. I think the last reviewer ended up on the downhill portion of the trail system. If you want great instruction on all the various trails around Duluth goto: www.allsportgps.com (recently changed to www.trimbleoutdoors.com) and search for Duluth, MN. You might have to weed throught he road bike routes but there are a ton of entries for mountain biking and they all have GPS tracks.

Recommended Route:
We usually like to start at the bottom and do a warm up loop on the Western Waterfront trail system then head up to the top of Spirit, do a couple loops then take the singletrack back to the Zoo. We normally log about 12-14 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hartley, Lester and Piedmont (the new trail system ROCKS!!!! Thanks COGGS) Pokegama was not ridden this year.... it is kinda short and not that challenging, we usually try to singlespeed it.



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Review Date
September 6, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Runjwalker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
They must have built new sections since the last review, because there were some really challenging and technical sections that we came across. We started just down the road from the camp ground check in building as you are going towards the ski lodge. There are some cement pillars that you cut through and the trail begins there. That part of the trail has some really technical, rocky, tight, slower stuff and some tough shorter climbs. You also get into some pretty fast short down hill sections that are tight and twisty.

We then took some alternate route that was very rocky and challenging, that brought us to one of the ski runs, it kind of wound back and forth for a bit after that. We ended up coming across a really steep drop in area in a wooded section between the ski runs. Wow, this is where you find some seriously tough stuff for a cross country mountain bike. Steep, nasty, rock gardens; fast berm turns; gap jumps and double jumps. It was getting very dark when we rode this section so it may have seemed more challenging than it was but I was definitely gripping the bars tighter than I do on most Minnesota trails. I went over the bars pretty good on one section as well and my buddy who was a professional in the 90's went down pretty good which is pretty rare. Next time I am wearing some protective gear for this section for sure. Once you get to the bottom, it's a hill grinder all the way back to the top. I'm definitely going back to explore the trail options here soon.

Recommended Route:
Only rode it once but it seemed like a free for all, basically go across and down then pedal back up. But I would recommend starting at the entry point right by the camping area check in building, that was a fun section that you wouldn't want to miss.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hartley Park in Duluth. Lutsen Resort just North of Duluth. CAMBA trails East of Duluth in Wisconsin--Mosquito Brook Trail and Hatchery Creek Trail just off Mosquito Brook Road or you can start from the Hatchery.



Comments
SRautio (01/03/2008)
IF you make it back to ride Spirit again you can start at the Zoo. It seems like a better ride when you finish with the big downhill sections. Also, you are correct there have been some pretty significant updates to some places at Spirit Mountain. A few downhill riders have been building up some of the areas between the slopes.
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Review Date
September 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: pettitjo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just rode Spirit last saturday Morning. (09/13/03) Wow, lots of twists and turns. Pretty Technical. The ski hills are tempting..

Recommended Route:
Wherever you end up..

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Coggs, in Superior, and Hartley.



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Review Date
August 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dana , from Mankato

Summary:
I believe this trail is known as the Powder Monkey. This is definately and intermediate trail, bordering on expert in parts. There are a number of steep hills with tight turns at the bottom. Difficult climbs are found throughout. My brother, who rode with me yesterday, pointed out new sections that had just been added. Terrain varies from grassy to rocky to muddy and everything in between. This trail has something for everyone, including come great scenery, my favorite being a waterfall where we stopped while my brother fixed the third broken link on his chain. :) For those who know the area, this is definately more difficult than Hartley, but not as difficult as Kagoma (sp?). I managed to make it through, but hit 4 trees along the way, but what a ride!

Recommended Route:
Start from the Chalet, and keep your eyes open!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hartley Trail



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