Take a study break and try out these beaten Duluth pathsNothing sheds the stress of classwork like a good run, and Duluth’s college students are fortunate to have some excellent wooded trails within a few blocks of campus. Trail running — as opposed to running on streets — is very popular in Duluth from one end of town to the other.
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Nothing sheds the stress of classwork like a good run, and Duluth’s college students are fortunate to have some excellent wooded trails within a few blocks of campus. Trail running — as opposed to running on streets — is very popular in Duluth from one end of town to the other.
Here’s a look at some of the more popular trails near the University of Minnesota Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica:
Bagley Nature Area
This 3-kilometer (2-mile) loop trail is part of the UMD campus, just across St. Marie Street northwest of the main campus. Wood-chipped trails snake around Rock Pond and under a canopy of maples. You can run the one big hill in the loop or choose to stay low and run the more moderate loop.
The trails are wide enough for two people to run side by side. They’re groomed for classic-style cross-country skiing in winter (no running).
Chester Bowl and Chester Creek Trail
These city park trails just down the hill from Scholastica and a few blocks west of the UMD campus offer a 3-kilometer (2-mile) loop around Chester Bowl and about another mile (one-way) along Chester Creek downhill to Fourth Avenue East.
“The lower bowl (along the creek) is more single-track, more technical, rocky and rooty,” said Tony Stensland of Duluth Running Co. “The upper bowl trails are grassy, wider. But both are hilly.”
The trails are considered challenging because of the hills. The view of Lake Superior and Minnesota Point from the top is worth the work it requires to get there. In the winter, the trails in Chester Bowl are groomed for skate-skiing (closed to running).
This city park offers 5 kilometers (3 miles) of running on wide cross-country ski trails and about seven more miles of multi-use trail shared with mountain bikers and dog walkers.
The trails are all within 660 acres of wooded land with a pond, a creek and views of Lake Superior from the high points. A portion of the Superior Hiking Trail (39 miles through Duluth) passes through the park, offering more running.
The only downside of running at Hartley is that there are so many trail loops and junctions that runners and hikers often get a little turned around. Maps are available at these entry points: Hartley Nature Center off Woodland Avenue; the Woodhaven Lane entrance; near Kenwood Elementary School; and where the Superior Hiking Trail enters off Arrowhead Road.
Congdon Park Trail
This 1½-mile city trail follows Tischer Creek from near the Mount Royal shopping area down to Superior Street along the west side of the creek. The single-track trail follows the creek as it plunges over several falls on its way to Lake Superior. Down in the mini-canyon, you lose almost all sounds of the city. The run is all downhill one way, all uphill the other.