10/13/13 TRAIL REPORT: The Mountain Bike Trails are officially CLOSED for the season. THANKS to everyone who came out and rode with us. It was an epic way to kick off our inaugural season. We all had a blast! You can still ride the trails for a while, if you use Happy Camper as an uphill climbing trail. In the meantime, we're already hard at work on a new trail to open next spring, and are planning to make next summer even bigger and better!
SUMMER CHAIRLIFT HOURS:
*Opening Through Labor Day 2013
Thursday 1pm - 8pm
Friday 1pm - 8pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm
Labor Day (9/2) 11am - 6pm
FALL CHAIRLIFT HOURS:
*Sept. 5 through Oct. 13, 2013
Thursday - Sunday
Noon - 6pm
*NOT Open on Thursday, October 10th.
*NOTE: We are unable to operate the chairlift during lightning and thunderstorms. During these times the chairlift will be closed for at least 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder. In the event of excessive rain, our bike trails may be closed to prevent trail damage in wet conditions.
CHAIRLIFT RIDE RATES:
Single Ride $8
All Day Pass $20
Spirit Mountain does require helmets to be worn while riding on our Mountain Bike Trails. Please come prepared as we do not rent bike helmets.
Spirit Mountain does not rent bikes, but you CAN rent them in Duluth at Continental Ski & Bike! Continental is open 7 days a week and has Hybrid bikes starting at only $20 for a Half Day, with Mountain Bikes ranging from $45 - $65 for a Full Day. Weeklong rentals are also available. Click HERE for details on Continental's BIKE RENTAL program.
MAP of BIKE TRAILS - Click this link to upload a Map of our NEW trails!
BIKE TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS:
1 - Candyland is a 1.5 mile beginner/ intermediate level downhill flow trail featuring large berms, medium and small sized table tops, and hip jumps. All features on Candyland are roll-able, making it an ideal trail to learn on, and perfect for gravity-based mountain biking skills.
2 - Smorgasbord is a 1 mile intermediate level freeride/ downhill mountain bike trail featuring large berms, medium size jumps, a drop, and rock gardens. Several features on Smorgasbord are mandatory, including small 3-4 foot gaps, and a 5-foot drop.
3 - Happy Camper is an easier downhill trail with features including small jumps, berms, and rollers. This trail is perfect for beginners who are just learning downhill skills, but is also a fun trip for an expert rider. "Happy Camper" is a directional trail, which means that when the chairlift is running it is signed as a DOWNHILL ONLY trail. When the chairlift is not running, it is used as an UPHILL ONLY climbing trail. By offering this uphill climbing option, you now have access to our awesome trails all the time! When the chairlift isn't running, you just have to work a little harder for it. *Please note that we do not have Bike Patrol on duty when the chairlift isn't running so please use extra caution and be careful on the trails.
4 - Blaster is a more difficult downhill single-track trail with features including lots of rocks, roots, and very little dirt. This trail gets very steep in areas and is a true test of your downhill riding abilities. Experienced riders only!
Summer Youth Day Camp - Sign up NOW for our Mountain Bike Skills Camp!
Spirit Mountain has been working on developing some downhill mountain bike trails for a few years in accordance with our Master Plan. Cyclists can now ride the trails down the mountain in the summer and fall months, and take the NEW “Spirit Express II” Chairlift back up to the top with their bikes. The new flow trail begins near the Spirit Mountain Adventure Park and ends approximately 500 feet below, and a mile later, at the NEW Grand Avenue Chalet. Cyclists can purchase lift tickets at either location. The site of the new flow trail was home to a Flow Trail School hosted by IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) and COGGS (Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores) in September 2012. About 30 people from around the country attended the school to learn skills and techniques for building these types of trails. The school was led by Aaron Rogers, IMBA Midwest Trail Specialist, who has officially declared this to be, “the best flow trail in the Midwest”. Additionally, Adam Sundberg, chairman of COGGS, says, “Everybody is blown away by how great the trail is looking. It’s so much fun, so creative, so well-done.”
Click below for an article with more information in the Duluth News Tribune, or to see a YouTube video documenting the flow trail school.
Spirit Mountain... Where FUN Never Ends!