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Duluth Traverse Trail
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.
This trail system will feature trail hubs with more extensive trail networks in Lester Park, Hartley Park, Piedmont-Brewer Park, Spirit Mountain and Mission Creek and a beginner level Connector 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 can walk, run or bike on.
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. In 2011 the City of Duluth was awarded a $250,000 State Legacy grant 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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