Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +484/ -271 ft
Total: 3 riders

Mountain Biking Mont Du Lac

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#165 of 387 mountain bike trails in Wisconsin
#7,996 in the world

Mont du Lac is the only private land that COGGS helps manage trails on. For years COGGS was the sole maintainer of the trails at Mont du Lac, but in 2008 Larry Pulkrabek purchased Mont du Lac and hired Brad Miller to manage the mountain bike trails. Mont du Lac also has a tremendous disc golf course amongst the moutain bike trails.
As of 2012, Mont du Lac is free and open for mountain biking 7 days a week. They often run a shuttle service, which comes in handy once you've slogged up the service road to the top of the hill a few times where the singletrack and downhill trails start. Check out the COGGS calendar to see when the shuttle dates are.
The trail itself is classic rooty, up and down Midwest singletrack. To start your ride you pedal up the service road top of it and the singletrack starts right by the top of the chair lift. This gets you on a 4 mile loop that is easy to follow. The trail goes along streams, drainages, meadows and through a cedar grove, providing some of the best views of the St. Louis River Valley found anywhere. Most of the trail is intermediate in technical difficulty, but the elevation changes can be quite challenging cardiovascularly.
There are also two downhill trails, Torpedo and Big Bucks. These are intermediate to advanced level downhill trails with tabletop jumps and some steep descents
Mont du Lac opens up their bar on Tuesday nights for the COGGS Tuesday Night Ride and also league play for the disc golfers. They have food as well so there's always COGGS members hanging out afterwards and socializing.
COGGS would like to thank owner Larry Pulkrabek, general manager Mike Cameron, Disc Golf Coordinator Brian Lagergren and Mountain Bike Manager Brad Miller for all their support in the past years.Enjoy a scenic getaway on a purpose-built mountain bike trail system featuring gorgeous views of Jay Cooke Sate Park and the St. Louis River Valley.

Thanks to a close partnership with COGGS [http://coggs.com], Mont du Lac is able to provide some of the finest mountain biking the Midwest has to offer.

The Mont du Lac trail system is free to ride!
Downhill shuttle service offered every Tuesday and Sunday, weather permitting.
Tuesday Shuttle $7.99
Sunday Shuttle $19.99
Season Shuttle Pass $109.99
Upon arrival, all riders must check in at The Base Lodge before and after hitting the trails. Wearing proper gear is required.
Cross Country Trail System
Length: 3.5 miles and growing
Number of trails: 1, with multiple shortcut choices
Difficulty: Intermediate
Established: 1998
Average Lap Time: 45 minutes
Our single track traverses the whole property allowing riders a chance to enjoy all aspects of mountain biking. The trail features numerous creek crossings, old growth forests, abundant wildlife, beautiful overlooks, with challenging climbs and descents. We are constantly maintaining our cross country trails to improve rider experience.Downhill Trail System
Length: 0.5 - 1.6 miles
Number of trails: 3 with more coming soon
Difficulty: Advanced
Established: 2010
Average Descent Time: 3 - 5 minutes
The downhill system includes great flow, berms, jumps, drops ladder bridges, numerous wooden features and more.
Big Bucks (the original downhill) | One-mile long featuring a brand new start, a flowy 400 yards to meet up with the original trail
Torpedo | A new 1/2-mile long jump trail
Super D | This is a long (1.6 miles) mellow downhill trail and home to the DirtSpanker Super D
COGGS members join us for a group ride every Tuesday night at 5:30pm
This awesome single-track cross-country trail is also home to the Dirt Spanker Classic MTB Race each summer, a COGGS-hosted event.

First added by Bubblehead10MM on May 19, 2016. Last updated Apr 23, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: yes
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
You have to go to MN to get there. From Duluth take Hwy 23 S across St Louis R, L on Mont Du Lac to resort, or 23 N from Mn S of Jay Cook and R on Mont Du Lac. Could bike in from Jay cook/Mission Creek trail area.
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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    A lot of effort had been put into these trails. At this moment it's a bit overgrown in places and in general asks for more riders. Climbs are tough but as a reward you get downhills with tabletops, berms and rollers. Fun trails. There's a shuttle also available at reasonable price

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  • SPH814

    Mont du Lac is a Ski Resort near the Mission Creek mtb trail and the Fond Du Lac campsite. The Resort offers one cross country trail and three downhill trails, all of which begin at the very top of the ski hill and run mostly on the back side of the hill from where you enter the resort area. They offer a shuttle to the top on Tuesdays and Sundays for a fee. If you want to ride there on a day they don't have the shuttle running, you can still access the trails but you'll have to bike up a very steep service road to the top of the hill. This is what I did with my two friends this July when visiting from out of town.

    The cool thing about this resort is that outside of the shuttle fee, mountain biking is free! We simply had to sign a waiver and we were free to shred. Once we climbed the service road we took a quick breather before embarking on one of the downhill runs named "Torpedo." This run featured many jumps of various sizes and degrees of difficulty, as well as berms and a couple of hand-built wood features. The trail was badly in need of a manicure, however, as tall grass and weeds were starting to take over. That, along with below average signage and multiple intersections, made navigating the trail difficult for us who were unfamiliar with it. Once at the bottom of the run, we had to climb another different steep service road to get back to the other service road that would take us up the hill again. We decided to skip another trip to the top and headed back to the campsite.

    -It is free to ride!
    -Offers downhill trails with jumps and berm flow, minutes away from great single track at Mission Creek, making for good variety in the area.
    -Very friendly and helpful staff

    -Difficult to get to trail heads at the top of the hill, especially when shuttle service is not running.
    -Overgrown and weedy
    -Below average signage

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