Essay on Duluth Community Pages

Submitted By amyhicks11
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With the largest of the Great Lakes at our feet, the weather is cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Average
Temperatures:

January

July

Daily Average

8.4° F

65.5° F

Maximum

17.9° F

77.1° F

Minimum

-2.2° F

54.6° F

Average Annual Rainfall: 30.00 inches
Average Annual Snowfall: 77.1 inches

Duluth, Minnesota is halfway between MinneapolisSaint Paul and the U.S-Canadian border. The altitude ranges from 605 to 1,485 feet above sea level.
Duluth is the third largest city in Minnesota. The
Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Statistical Area* consists of two counties: St. Louis County, MN and
Douglas County, WI.
Information courtesy of www.visitduluth.com



Population: 87,000; within 30-mile radius, population is 184,134.



2,342 freshwater miles from the Atlantic Ocean to
Duluth via the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway.



Area: 43,067 acres.



Altitude: Ranges from 605 feet (at Lake Superior’s shoreline) to 1,485 feet above sea level.



Terrain: City is built into a steep, rocky cliffside; almost mountainous for the Midwest.



Rated by Money magazine as one of the top four
Midwestern small cities, based on livability.

Information courtesy of www.visitduluth.com

Duluth has over 11,000 acres of public open space and parkland within the city limits. The trail inventory includes over 96 miles of trails which include 45 miles of snowmobile trails and 49 miles of other linear trails and parks. We have five groomed cross country ski trails totaling 37 kilometers (approximately 23 miles). In addition to the cross country ski trails we have two golf courses which are designated for ski-joring. We also have eight summer recreation trails with a total of 53 miles of hiking trails, 10 miles of bike trails, 15 miles of horseback riding trails and 3 miles of inline skating.
Annual maintenance by the Parks Department focuses on controlling water/erosion, controlling and repairing abuse, mowing and brushing ski trails once or twice during the summer, trying to maintain a grass clover surface on the ski and snowmobile trails, and grooming the ski trails twice a week during the ski season, as weather permits.
Funds are limited. The grant-in-aid program from ski licenses for example, provides the City about $6,000 annually. That amount does not cover the cost of grooming, let alone off-season maintenance. Volunteers and youth job programs are important contributors to trail maintenance. Information courtesy of www.visitduluth.com

RECREATION
TRAILS
Chester Park Trails

LOCATION

DESIGNATED USE LENGTH

1800 East Skyline
Parkway

hiking, skiing

LEVEL OF
DIFFICULTY

2.5 m/3K Challenging

Congdon Park Trails 32nd Ave E & Superior hiking
St

1.5 m

Easy

Grassy Point Trail

end of Leisure St.

hiking

1.0 m

Easy

Hartley Park Trails

Fairmont & Woodland
Aves

over 5 m biking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing

Various

Kingsbury Creek
Trail
Lakewalk

7210 Fremont St.

hiking

Challenging

Canal Park to 26th Ave biking, hiking, inline 3 m
East
skating

Easy

Lester Park Trail

60th Ave E & Superior
St

biking, hiking,
15K
skiing, horseback riding (Amity Creek
Trail)

Beginning Advanced

Lincoln Park Trail

25th Ave W & 3rd St

hiking

Easy

Magney-Snively
Trail

9900 block of West
Skyline Parkway

hiking, skiing, horse 14K
-back riding

Mission Creek Trail

Hwy 23 & 131st Ave W biking, hiking, horseback riding

3.25 m

Challenging

Park Point Trail

Base of MN Avenue

hiking

4m

Challenging

Piedmont Trail

Adirondack &
Hutchinson Road

hiking, skiing

4K

Beginning Intermediate

Western Waterfront 7300 Grand Avenue
Trail

1.3 m

1.5 m

biking, hiking, skiing 5 m

Intermediate Advanced

Easy

Lester Park Golf
Course

1860 Lester River Road ski-joring (winter)

TBD

easy

Enger Park Golf
Course

1806 West Skyline
Parkway

TBD

easy

ski-joring (winter)

Trails measured in kilometers are groomed ski trails in winter months that are also open to hiking in non-ski seasons. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required on all city ski trails…