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Duluth closes natural surface trails

The city anticipates reopening natural surface trails once the ground has completely frozen.

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Chester Park Trail is a 2.5-mile loop inside Duluth between the Chester Park and East Hillside neighborhoods. Adelle Whitefoot / 2021 file / Duluth News Tribune

Duluth Parks and Recreation closed all natural surface trails Friday until further notice due to the annual fall freeze-thaw cycle.

The closure is in collaboration with the Superior Hiking Trail Association and the Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores. According to a news release, overnight below-freezing temperatures combined with daytime above-freezing temperatures create wet and vulnerable soil conditions that can damage trails with continued use.

"If you see footprints or bike tire ruts in the underlying dirt, then it’s best to turn around and find a different outdoor recreation opportunity,” Matt Andrews, parks and recreation trails coordinator, said in the release. “Until everything is frozen solid, the trails are highly vulnerable to damage, which could create erosion on the trails when the snow melts next spring.”

The city anticipates reopening natural surface trails once the ground has completely frozen. Visit duluthmn.gov/parks/trails-bikeways/natural-surface-trails for more information.

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