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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +518/375 ft
Total: 75 riders
 

Mountain Biking Mission Creek

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#6 of 128 mountain bike trails in Minnesota
#515 in the world

Under-construction, machine-built singletrack with plenty of berms and flow. As of 6/24/2014, trails are closed and are still under construction. The first seven miles of trail are expected to open within the next two months and an additional seven miles is expected to be completed by the end of summer (2014).

First added by namdoogttam on Apr 28, 2020. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
Trail head at Chambers Grove Park. From I-35 in Duluth...
- Exit at 251B and go south on Grand Avenue (a.k.a. Minnesota Hwy 23)
- Continue for roughly 9 miles.
- The park will be on your right, just before you the St. Louis River bridge.
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  • Mackinab
    *****

    great trail. A bit more demanding than the trails at Lester or Hartley. great down hill flow.
    As with most Duluth trails, a bit slow to dry out. Excellent views.

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  • flowy
    *****

    Alright to all the yah-Sayers out there Mission Creek is the shit! There's way more trail there than 7 miles (more like 15 at least with 7 more being built). The crew just recently finished a new section of trail that runs below "Lokie". This is a "must-ride" section and is located just off "lokie" about 1/2 mile from the road up top. Be aware that the trail does go all the way to the park (all downhill too) (which is the main parking lot, but us locals park at the top.) so you will have to either climb back up LC or take the road. Anyway these trails are perfectly built and anyone can ride them. From a beginner to the most experienced rider will have a blast and be grinning from ear to ear. Yes, we have had a lot of rain this year, but the trails are in great shape and the crew has done an amazing job with the system. If anyone would like a 1st hand tour of our amazing trail send me an email @ iatonnam0972@my.uwstout.edu.

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  • dgw2jr
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    My wife and I vacationed in Duluth 3 times in the last year a week at a time. We got rained out each time and the trails were closed for the duration of our stay. We had to drive to Cuyuna or CAMBA to ride singletrack. I think we are done with Duluth as a MTB destination. The trails are closed far too often: https://twitter.com/COGGSMissionCrk

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  • E. Swenson
    *****

    First time riding Mission Creek. Just haven't wanted to drive all the way down there.. glad I finally did. COGGS has done a great job with this trail. Even the flat spots you can get some serious speed going. Started at the bottom of the hill and rode up. First climb is pretty brutal but ALWAYS worth the climb. Till next time...

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  • Ari Mahonen
    *****

    This is a great place to bring someone to teach them how to ride a flow trail. You will have to climb and be fit. The downs are worth the ups. Well maintained and improving always. Worth the drive to the end of the city.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
    *****

    Today I was luke Skywalker on the moon of Endore. So much awsome fliw trail. Still being worked on. The parts I road were very new. There were a few places that still didn't drain well, but COGGS is clearly out there working on problems a adding finishing touches. I loved it.

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  • discoflip
    *****

    Amazingly fun 7 miles of trail! Fast and flowy. Cathedral is the appetizer and Loki is the dessert. Thanks COGGS!

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  • jasfoto
    *****

    Some great flow and lots of bridges. Race day was a little wet and the trail did get a bit muddy and slippery. Some great vista that I got a peak at as we whizzed by. Need to go back and soak it all in. Not much for technical riding and features from what I saw.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter
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    Mixed feelings about this trail. When I was climbing, I've expected downhill at the end. This wasn't a case. I agree with other reviewers that this trail is manicured and flows well. But you have to constantly pedaling to keep that flow flowing. And this is what makes Mission Creek a very unique trail. Will be back in a few weeks to check new section which is still closed.

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  • scnnet
    *****

    My first ride on this trail was today, October 16, 2014. This is the nicest flow trail I have ever been on. It is extremely well manicured. There are presently 7 miles of trail which are open but more is under construction. The trail loop is divided one half on the east side of Highway 210 and 1/2 on the west side of Highway 210. I would rate the east half as lower intermediate and the west half is upper intermediate. There are plenty of berms, dips, rollers and dozens of wide bridges, many with built in dips

    The trailhead is located in the Mission Creek wayside park (rest area) along the highway leading to the Mont du Lac ski area. Mission Creek adjoins the Minnesota side of the St. Louis River and the ski area is on the Wisconsin side of the river. The trail starts at the rest area, climbs a short hill, crosses highway 210 where it departs into a Cathedral of oaks,Birch and Aspen. The first quarter mile requires aggressive climbing which will have beginners walking certain portions thereof. After that, the fun begins.

    It appears that the trail system is designed for two way travel but I would encourage all to ride the loop counterclockwise especially during high traffic times. There are many tight corners with limited views, and the bridges are not designed for two way traffic. Signage is excellent. The scenery is awesome with some built in Kodak vistas. Kudos to COGGS for another awesome trail system.

    For those who are more interested in riding a more traditional singletrack trail, there are plenty of roots to bounce over on the trails at nearby Mont du Lac. And for the adrenaline junkie downhill crew, there are three or four downhill runs at the ski hill.

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  • ****

    COGGS has done a great job on this fun trail. Flows nice with bumps, berms and some nice bridges. Only one muddy spot where the boardwalk ends about 10 feet short. The lower half is open but the trail crew is coming back soon to finish the rest according to the COGGS FB page. Get out and ride!

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