We finally hit the mountain bike trails at Spirit Mountain and it was jaw dropping. First, the lift ride up was amazing. These photos don’t do it justice. I can’t even imagine how breath taking it will be when the leaves start turning.
It’s a little odd putting a bike up on the lift instead of skis…
These trails are brand new and really well made. Right now they have four downhill mountain bike trails (Candyland, Smorgasbord, Happy Camper, and Blaster). A couple are beginner/intermediate level, and one is definitely for the more experienced. For those seeking out a technical ride that’ll challenge you, try Smorgasbord and Blaster. For those who’ve never done anything like this, check out this jump!
We highly recommend visiting Spirit Mountain while you’re in Duluth, MN. Even if you don’t bike, they have all kinds of adventures. Take a look for yourself: http://www.spiritmt.com/
Finally, (don’t laugh) taking a video while riding is not recommended, nor is it easy… Watch at your own risk. Those susceptible to motion sickness look away!
I’m always amazed at what new adventure has sprung up in Duluth. Maybe this is normal for native Duluthians, something bright, shiny, and new every year. I’ve lived here roughly 14 years, back when Bentleyville was in Nathan Bentley’s backyard, before Spirit Mountain had a Timber Twister, way before pirates invaded (Tall Ships), and so on. However, it’s still surprising for me to learn something really awesome is coming to Duluth. This is probably why we’re getting noticed. Here’s a nice article we just came across today. It names Duluth, MN as one of the top 5 summer vacation spots. “Duluth packs a lot of surprising summer adventure…“ http://www.theadrenalist.com/adventure/top-5-summer-adventure-vacation-spots/
So what is bright, shiny, and new this year? Well probably a lot of things, but the one I’m thinking of right now in this perfect sunny weather is Spirit Mountain’s new mountain bike trails. Here’s a great article about it if you want more information (plus a great photo/action shot). Bike Trails Open at Spirit Mountain*Did I mention these are lift-access downhill trails!!