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4.44 out of 5
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added by snowkat1052 Granny Gear on September 22, 2010
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The 10-mile trail, which includes numerous bridges and features, runs over and through terrain that's perfect for technical mountain-bike riding; significant elevation changes and large rocky bluffs provide endless options for the adventurous riders.
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Badgerfan on July 14, 2014
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Review: This is an awesome trail. It has something for everyone. Like previous reviews it is a little hard to know where you are at times but it's not too long of a trail so even if you do take a wrong turn it's not gonna make a huge difference. There is a ton of rocks which is fun but the chance of rain turned into 0 down pour and I would avoid this trail when it's wet. Definitely hit this trail up and enjoy! Nice job COGGS

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Guest on June 18, 2014
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Review: My favorite place to ride in Duluth. Pretty technical, but with a good mix of tech and flow. Recent trail work has reopened the flood damaged southwest section (Admiral Rockbar). Not for beginners.

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scnnet on October 19, 2013
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Review: This trail system will challenge your orienteering skills so come prepared. First, if you aren't a local, you will be challenged to find it. The trailhead is near the intersection of Hutchinson and Adirondack a couple blocks west of Piedmont Ave on the skyline overlooking Duluth and the St. Louis River. There is no map at the trailhead for bikers and no sign to differentiate the ski trail from the bike trail. Take the trail on the left. I've been on the trails twice now and each time it took considerable effort to get on and stay on the bike trails. The further you get into the trail system the better the marking and mapping. Find a map on a website to print and bring with as there are many intersections without trail maps. Even with a map there are a number of unmarked trails which can lead to wrong turns. Yesterday my group tried to take the blue loop counter clockwise and lost a lot of time at the beginning. Next time I will try it clockwise. Note that the area in the southwest of the trail system is gone due to the flood of 2012. I am told there is new construction in the northwest part of the trail system including a tunnel going under Haines road. This is a great trail to ride when it is too wet to ride elsewhere. With all the rock there is great drainage. These trails will hone your pedal to rock avoidance skills or else you will be jolted out of the pedals with frequency. Do not take beginners on these trails and don't be in a rush as this is not a trail system built for speed. Once you figure out where you are on the trail system it is a very enjoyable ride.

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stumpyfsr on October 13, 2013
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Review: This is a nice trail, but confusing in many places. If you're not local, be ready to spend a lot of time to get an idea of the layout. Map is a bit outdated, still usefull. And signage could be better. Only Blue loop ridden well and Blacks are hard to follow sometimes (so many unmapped trails there)
Aside that is described above Piedmont is a real heaven for funs of technical riding. Red Dress, Merritt Creek and Skyline could challenge even seasoned riders, while intermediates will enjoy Blue Loop. Definitely not a place for beginners. Medropolis is nearly impossible to ride in full since there's a new trail in process next to it and I ended in circling around. Admiral Rockbar doesn't exist anymore because of construction. Also trail could be crowded on weekends with hikers and runners.
I haven't found any similar trail in Minnesota yet and will be riding again for sure.
I found this trail similar to Nicolette Forest or Rock Lake.
Recommend to ride it if you're in the area

Similar Trail: Nicolette Forest, Rock Lake

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PHRANQUY on August 26, 2013
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Review: Riding here is unlike the riding in other areas I've ridden with all the exposed basalt that makes it feel like you're riding on Velcro. There's lots of new stuff out there the last few years, and the marking has definitely improved. Be aware that because of the flooding last year and reconstruction of Haines Road and Skyline Parkway that some of the trail has been taken out. It will be neat to see how they re-route that area of the trail when the road reconstruction is completed.

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singlesteve on July 11, 2013
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Review: Some pretty cool trails, some stuff (madropolis) I flat out didn't attempt. When I was actually catching on to the trails I started to really enjoy this tough, but fun ride.

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namdoogttam on May 10, 2013
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Review: These are very rugged trails, especially compered to many other trails in Minnesota. If you're used to Cuyuna or Elm Creek, this will be pretty different for you. There is a lot of technical bike handling required getting onto-and-off-of rock steep bedrock. This is one trail where a full suspension bike might offer much-needed forgiveness. The trails are super fun, challenging, and raw. There are some very rewarding vistas/lookouts as well!

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MTBHUNTER on September 16, 2012
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Review: These a great trails. The black diamonds crazy. Hit up these trails of you are near

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runjwalker on August 28, 2011
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Review: Technically challenging full suspension trail. Tons of rocky terrain with tough climbs. Only complaint would be that it isn't marked well.

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Piedmont MTB Trail 4.44 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
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