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Level: Intermediate
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +499/ -83 ft
Total: 52 riders

Mountain Biking Hartley Park

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#16 of 136 mountain bike trails in Minnesota
#1,121 in the world

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.

First added by snowkat1052 on Sep 22, 2010. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
To east (Hartley Nature Center) parking lot: From I-35 take 21st Avenue East to Woodland Avenue. Turn right onto Woodland and follow it to Hartley Road. A Hartley Nature Center sign, on the left side of the road, will be obvious. To west parking lot: From I-35 take 21st Avenue East to Woodland Avenue. Turn right onto Woodland and follow it to Arrowhead Road. Turn left onto Arrowhead and follow it to Hartley Road. Turn right onto Hartley, bear left at the small traffic island with a garden on it, and park in the dead end at the trail head.
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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    good trails for easy ride. Could be even better after all the after-storm debris will be removed

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  • Angel K

    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.

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  • Mackinab

    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

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  • Trish22

    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.

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  • Charlie29

    Good trail system. Definitely intermediate riding but it's a fun place.

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  • singlesteve

    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.

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  • nstarsfan

    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.

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  • ntoupal

    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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