The Duluth Traverse is the name we have given to a shared vision that COGGS and the City of Duluth has for a multi-use, singletrack trail that is purpose-built for mountain biking and completely traverses the entire 26 mile long City of Duluth.
The Duluth Traverse Trail System will feature trail centers with more extensive trail networks in Lester Park, Hartley Park, Piedmont-Brewer Park, Spirit Mountain and Mission Creek and the beginner level Duluth Traverse Trail linking them all together. Our goal for this system is to create the first 100+ mile system of singletrack all within an urban environment. This will connect communities together via natural surface trails and also create an environment where everyone has trail access within a short distance of their home that they enjoy via mountain biking, hiking, running or snowshoeing.
Another important focus of the Duluth Traverse Trail System is to preserve our City’s green spaces with sustainable recreational trails. Duluth is extremely unique in that is has thousands of acres of wooded public space open for recreational use. The Duluth Traverse aims to connect these beautiful spaces via multi-use trail in hopes of facilitating citizens and visitors to more easily explore the natural beauty of our environment. Not only will the Duluth Traverse bring users to explore our natural environment, but it will do so on sustainably built trails. This means trails that effectively shed water to not facilitate erosion into our natural waterways and can also handle significant recreational use without degrading. By building a network of trails that are sustainable, we can provide access to our outdoor environments in a minimally impactful way, preserving the opportunity of users to enjoy this resource for generations.
We are seeking significant fundraising to make the Duluth Traverse come to fruition. Typically estimates of the cost of professional trailbuilders constructing natural surface trails range from $16,000 to $42,000 per mile, depending on the terrain. In order to complete the Duluth Traverse we will need to add 70 miles to our existing trail systems, as well as two bike parks and gravity trails at Spirit Mountain. This should cost close to $1.6 – 2 million, so COGGS is seeking State and Federal grants to help fund this project. The City of Duluth was awarded a $250,000 State Legacy grant in 2011 and a Federal Recreational Trails Program grant in 2012 for the Duluth Traverse project. For each of these large state and federal grants, COGGS and the City of Duluth will need to provide cash matches for the grants, so we are also seeking donations to our club to make this dream a reality. Please donate to this cause if you feel that a multi-use, city wide singletrack trail in Duluth is something that would you would value.
Proposed Duluth Traverse Trail map created by our resident GIS expert and all around tough woman Andrea Grygo. Please note that these are not exact locations of where we intend trail to go but just expressions of interest for developing trail in a certain area.
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