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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +786/380 ft
Total: 108 riders
 

Mountain Biking Piedmont

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#5 of 128 mountain bike trails in Minnesota
#468 in the world

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.
(bikeduluth.com)

First added by snowkat1052 on May 11, 2020. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
Piedmont ski trail parking lot: From the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 24th Avenue West (which is in a small area where Piedmont, West Skyline Parkway, and 24th, and Trinity Road/MN Highway 53 all meet, cross, or run close to each other), bear left on to Hutchinson Road. The parking lot, on the left, is almost exactly across Hutchinson from Adirondack Street.
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Dry (on Aug 23, 2019)
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Q: Is this trail pet friendly?

Q: Are there any trails that are paved in the area?
A: There's a few. I rode some of the Duluth Lakewalk along Lake Superior that starts at Canal Park (the lift bridge) and runs east. The Munger Trail is another, though I believe there's construction on that one right now (summer 2017). While not really a trail or path, there is plenty of room to ride out on the Spit after you cross the lift bridge. We had rented an AirBnB on the Spit and I rode out there every day. We also rode the DWP west from Spirit Mountain, which isn't paved, but does run on an old rail line. Depending on your skill level you may be able to ride it with a Cross bike, but I was glad I had a mountain bike on that one because I'm not that good. :-)

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  • Mark Larson
    *****

    Piedmont- I was told this was the premier system in Duluth and it didn't disappoint, especially now that you can flow trail it all the way to Brewer and combine the two. This trail has something for everyone, except maybe the newbies. Newbies should start at the west end and ride Stovetop Lower Burner up the new skyline downhill and then down the new Lincoln Trail. Everyone else should start wherever and ride as much as you can and not to skip Brewer. Scarface and Upper Burner are both rocky trails (by XC standards) and are tons of fun! Foxx Rocks and Deerslayer are old school XC trails, kind of overgrown in late summer but great for distance. Admiral Rockbar is an amazing trail but had a couple double black diamond features, the rest is full of great views and photo ops! Lower Burner is a new machine built flow trail, it's easy to miss the exit (look for a crazy wood feature if you need to hit the parking lot) otherwise ride down the new skyline flow trail bermed downhill to Skyline Drive. Random tip: not on any map (although you can find it on Strava) however is the Lincoln Trail. After the new downhill keep going straight across the road for even more flow trail fun, an easier fast section! (ends at the end of 9th street).

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  • samanthas
    *****

    Great trail to advance your intermediate riding skills. Lots of rocks and small hills to challenge focus, strength and control.

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  • burnsides70
    ****

    I rode this with my gf and we stuck to the blues we both really enjoyed the trails. Signage was actually pretty good so we suspect it has been improved recently as most older reviews say it's hard to navigate. We had isolated spots where we were unsure but most intersections are well signed and we never made a wrong turn.

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  • garrettthecarrot
    *****

    Great trail! If spirit mountain is closed I would definitely recommend coming to this place as a backup !

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  • John Fisch
    ****

    This trail delivers big time fun with a great variety of fast and flowy, tight and twisty, packed and tacky, and rocky and chunky. No matter what you like, it's here, and all packed into a nicely compact area. While signage could be better, I actually liked just ripping around at random, especially knowing I could simply turn back south at any time and not be too far from the trailhead.

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  • Badgerfan
    ****

    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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  • scnnet
    ****

    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   ✓ supporter
    ****

    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

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  • PHRANQUY
    *****

    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
    ***

    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
    *****

    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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  • runjwalker
    *****

    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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