Giants Ridge to add 20 miles of trail

Brandon Weathers
Updated: July 06, 2020 10:22 AM

Giants Ridge in Biwabik is working toward becoming the largest lift-served bike park in the Midwest. "Lift-served" means the experience isn't just about the ride down the hill.

Director of mountain sports Benji Neff said, "Currently there's only two places in the state where you can put your bike on a chairlift and come ride."

Neff said the chairlifts are disinfected after each ride in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

After taking the chairlift up, riders choose one of five gravity trails to ride down. "There are beginner, intermediate, advanced, and double black diamond as well," Neff said.

Giants Ridge has more trails in the works. By the end of the season, they plan to add more gravity trails and 20 miles of cross country trail. "We figure when we're done, we'll have about 30 miles of trail on site here at the Ridge," Neff said.

The Iron Range has been experiencing a moderate drought this Summer, but this has actually worked in their favor when it comes to trail building.

"The Giants Ridge mountain tends to be pretty wet on its own, so any time mother nature can ease up a little bit that definitely helps us,” Neff said, "The weather has been cooperating about as best as we could hope for."

For mountain bikers, this means more trail to explore as the season unfolds.

"So the fun thing for riders this summer is every month or month and a half we'll have a new trail that people can check out, so it's going to be very exciting, a lot of different variety as the summer goes along."

Join WDIO News at Ten every Thursday to get the latest tips and tricks you need to enjoy the trails in the Duluth area as well as updated trail conditions.

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