Tucked away in the charming city of Duluth, Minnesota, Spirit Mountain offers some of the Midwest's most exhilarating downhill mountain biking trails. Spanning a total distance of 3 miles, these trails present a variety of terrains suitable for riders with intermediate skill levels. Since their inauguration in spring 2013, they've become the go-to hub for downhill biking in Minnesota, thanks in part to their well-designed features and the endorsement from COGGS (Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores) and IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association).
Here's a closer look at the individual trails within the Spirit Mountain biking network:
For those unfamiliar with the area, the entrance is relatively straightforward. Take I-35 to Duluth and exit at 249. Head south on West Skyline Parkway and make a left onto Spirit Mountain Place, leading to the Spirit Mountain Chalet at 9500 Spirit Mountain Place.
The "Spirit Express II" Chairlift allows riders to effortlessly return to the trailhead, saving energy for more runs. The chairlift is particularly praised for enhancing the downhill experience.
Riders laud the flow and design of the trails. For novices in downhill biking, Spirit Mountain has proven to be a welcoming ground for learning the ropes. Many have reported their experiences as "challenging yet fun," with a few tumbles along the way but always under the helpful watch of supportive trail staff.
If you’re in or around Duluth and looking for an adrenaline-packed biking experience, Spirit Mountain trails are worth every pedal stroke. With their diversity, flow, and natural beauty, they are indeed some of the "best flow trails in the Midwest."