As awesome as it is to ride our own trails, the Woolly does like to get out and enjoy other trails in the area and abroad.

A small herd of Woolly decided to play hooky from work one day last week and check out some of the new Duluth Traverse on the south end of the city.

Oh man, they have got it going on up there!

I think these new sections have some names, but I don’t know/remember them all so you’ll get some descriptions of where we went and you’ll have to piece it together yourself.

We started on the south end of Piedmont in a SHT trailhead and headed south through Brewer.  Pretty quickly we were on the most flowy, bermy, awesome downhill run down to Cody Street.

After that there was a mile of paved trail over to the zoo before hitting some more sweet single track.  This section takes you over to Spirit Mountain and changed drastically several times from cool aspen forests, to cedar forests, to a creek valley.

After a few quick laps of the jump lines at Spirit, we took a bit of a wrong turn heading down to Grand Ave looking for the DWP Trail.  Nope, go UP about 200 yards to the DWP Trail to continue south.

While old rail trail may sound boring, this was anything but boring.  It is NOT an official COGGS trail, but it certainly seems to get a fair bit of use.  There are a pair of super sketchy trestle bridges to cross, and a super cool tunnel to go through.  Plus the views are amazing.

Once through the tunnel, watch for when you cross Skyline Parkway.  Just after that hang a left off the trail and cross Becks Road onto Mission Creek and the Duluth Traverse.  From here you can ride through Mission and onto the final section of the Traverse down to trailhead by 23 and the St. Louis River.

With that you’ll have ridden something around 17 or 18 miles of awesomeness.  Being a bit time pressed, we took roads back to the Munger Trail in Smithville and then back up the Cody St section of the Traverse Trail.  In all we did 33 miles of riding and it was a great day.

All of that and we didn’t ride any of the actual trail sections and there is the whole north end of the Traverse to check out too.

Refueling for the ride home with $50 in Taco Johns and Steak Escape.  The guy was so impressed with our order for 3 people he gave us a discount!

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