Hartley Park

3.50 out of 5
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↑ 1,600 ft
↓ 300 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Immediately out of both parking areas, trails are a wide, flat, gentle mix of dirt and gravel. Within a couple-three minutes, they lead to rocky, rooty, up-and-down singletrack loops that cross streams and marshy areas via boardwalk, then loop through what must be one of the nation's most-beautiful urban forests. Experienced Hartley riders will know that within those loops are sections that are accessible to beginner mountain-bikers. Most Hartley riding is intermediate to expert. Many dog walkers, runners, and their dogs also use the trails, which are multi-directional, so stay alert for traffic.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (29 total check-ins)
  Dropped My Wrench   on Jul 23, 2019
  jasfoto   on May 21, 2019
  stafford3   on Jan 16, 2019
  danthornton   on Aug 29, 2018
  E. Swenson   on Aug 14, 2018
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Reviews (10)


August 1, 2016
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
Review: good trails for easy ride. Could be even better after all the after-storm debris will be removed


March 20, 2016
Angel K Gnarly  
Review: Nice, but packed snow and some slush this time of year. Tunnel Trail through the trees was a a lot of fun, don't miss the Knob Rock Trail overlook!

Very well marked with maps posted at main intersections. Some walker/hike traffic.

Bunny Hop

August 28, 2015
Mackinab Bunny Hop  
Review: A good mid week ride. The trails are going to have a lot of foot traffic on weekends.
Not as nice a view as Lester, but very centrally located in Duluth

Bunny Hop

August 16, 2015
Trish22 Bunny Hop  
Review: this trail is iny top five favorites in the area. The trail is just technical enough to keep it interesting. If it's your first time riding, I suggest you ride the outter loop. It's easy to get lost if you take the inner loops.

July 15, 2015
Review: The trails have changed so much in the last five years--for the better. The ride flows better, there are fewer roots and the trail is less prone to retain mud. COGGS' continuous effort to work on and improve these trails is very evident. For those that haven't been here for a while, you're missing out.


February 1, 2015
Charlie29 Gramcounter  
Review: Good trail system. Definitely intermediate riding but it's a fun place.


July 11, 2013
Review: Not a bad ride. I was lucky enough to find a local to send me in the right direction, which helped. Not very technical, but it does have some flow on some down hills.


October 14, 2012
nstarsfan Gramcounter  
Review: Visited while in Duluth and found conflicting information about this trail. What I rode was a poorly marked system of two way trails that had lots of turnoff options. Its really easy to get lost or end up in a section beyond your abilities. This is hilly so if you don't want to do near continuous climbing, stay away or expect to be challenged. Many sections are also very challenging technically and can't be ridden around by beginners. So you could descend down an incline into a massive rock garden near a cliff. Would recommend beginners only go with someone who knows it well and can help them navigate it safely. I wouldn't describe it as flowy but it is technical due to the rock gardens and all the climbing. If you are looking for a cardio and technical challenge, have at it.

Bunny Hop

September 18, 2012
Review: Nice trails. The bridges are. Great. There was guy working on what looked like new trails in the inner loop. I parked at the end of Hartley rd. some good flowing sections. No good obstacles. Nice warm up for bigger and better trails

Bunny Hop

March 28, 2011
ntoupal Bunny Hop  
Review: The trails are mostly single track, some trail sections have lots of tree roots this is defiantly a cross country trail I'm giving it a lower rating because it lacks fast flowy sections. Stay away from these trails after it rains because they will be MUDDY.

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Hartley Park MTB Trail 3.50 out of 5 based on 10 ratings. 10 user reviews.
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