Trail Crew Season Review: Hartley Park
Hartley Park is the first trail center that COGGS took on as a stewardship role in the construction and maintenance of trails. It includes 9 miles of purpose built-single track for bikes and one of the longest boardwalk runs in the region at just over 1/4 mile. It also hosts 2.4 miles of the Duluth Traverse Spine that connects the park to the rest of the city’s trail systems.
COGGS’s professional paid crew has been working in the park the last few seasons on the build-out of the Duluth Traverse Spine and finished this spring. This alone was a major accomplishment for the club, but the efforts of the Hartley volunteer trail crew helped solidify Hartley as a staple in East Duluth. An incredible amount of time and sweat went into the park this season and should be something we are all proud of.
Much was accomplished including the restoration of Upper Blue Pots, now fittingly titled Blackened Blue Pots. It was totally rebuilt, resurrected from underneath over 150 downed trees with 80% of the alignment totally new construction. A wind storm in the spring of 2016 obliterated the route and COGGS volunteers dedicated over a year to fully bring the trail back. It should be noted that there are still 1.5 miles of the Guardrail Loop covered by over 600 downed trees.
The Naymark Trail was fully rerouted and restored to a more sustainable route that ensures less erosion and better flow. Thank you to City of Duluth, National Bank of Commerce, and Enbridge Energy for helping complete that project. Another huge thank you to Minnesota Power and Kraus Anderson Construction for providing volunteers to replace some of the original boardwalk work in the outer reaches of the park.
Some of the less glamorous but essential work included countless hours filling mud holes, placing stone armor in wet areas, and the installation of signage and way-finding. If you haven’t ridden Hartley lately, the trails have arguably been riding the best they have in years.
Thank you to all of our 2018 Trail Volunteers!