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The Hartley Park Trail System

Updated: June 27, 2019 10:33 PM

Duluth is known for having great mountain biking trails and scenery to go along with it. The varying terrrain along the nearly 100 miles of the Duluth Traverse provides opportunities for all experience levels. This week we decided to take a closer look at the Hartley Park Trail System to find out what mountian bikers enjoy about it.

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"We like to call Hartley kind of more of an old school trail system," Michael Albrecht said. Albrecht is a volunteer Trail Steward at Hartley Park and an avid mountain biker. He says the Hartley trails are almost excusively hand built, versus many of the other Duluth Traverse Trails that are machine built.

"It's a little more rocky and rooty," Albrecht said. "The mountian bikers call it a punchy trail in places."

The terrain within the roughly nine miles of Harltey Park's Trails is ideal for those wanting to brush up on thier skills a little bit. "There is very little expert terrain,"Albrecht said. "There is some easier trails, but a lot of what we call intermediate trail because of the punchiness factor and the narrow, twisty nature of the trail system."

Albrecht says the intermediate nature of the trails makes for an enjoyable, yet challenging ride. "I'm bias because I live right next to Hartley and I ride here all the time," he said. "I love riding the Outer loop, Guardrail Trail here in Hartley, and then the Inner Blue Pots and Black and Blue Pots loops as well."

And with the location of Hartley right within the city limits of Duluth, Albrecht says it's hard to miss an opportunity to ride the trails. "It's enough to get a good day's ride in."

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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