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Duluth 1  CR 3 - GGSA Time Trial Route    3K      
  County Rd 3 between Hwy 23 and Munger trail overpass. Shoulder of lightly trafficked road, offering 3K climb (6K round trip). (Submitted by Jim Farrell) Pros: The trail offers a 3K climb that requires multiple technique shifts as the grade changes (use 'em if you've got 'em.) The pavement on the traffic lane is 'good enough.' The locals roller ski against the traffic, so they can use the road and safely get out of the way of traffic when it comes. A favorite of GGSA for training and video sessions. Cons: It is a road, after all, offering marginal scenery. Also, the shoulder, though wide, is marred by cracks perpendicular to travel which are disconcerting, for fear of being pitched forward. You get used to it, knowing you can ride all the bumps out. No one fell during our two sessions. 
Duluth 2  CR 61 / Northshore Drive    18m      
  Start at Brighton Beach and enjoy wide shouldered gently rolling excellent asphalt all the way to Two Harbors and back. This trail is the Grandma's Marathon course with all miles marked totaling about 18 miles to Two Harbors from Brighton Beach located just one quarter mile east of the Lester river. I ski here because the shoulders are smooth and wide and the terrain is gently rolling. Brighton Beach offers a good place to park and to take a refreshing swim in Lake Superior when finished. When the wind is strong out of the east off of the lake you get a cool resistance workout going against the wind. (Submitted by Kevin Welsh) Pros: Good pavement, wide shoulders. Excellent place to work on double pole and V2. Cons: No great hills. 
Duluth 3  Duluth Lakewalk    2m      
  A good place to rollerski in Duluth is the City of Duluth Lakewalk. It is a 2 mile paved trail right on the lakeshore and it goes thru Lief Erickson park, and Canal Park. It provides beautiful views of Lake Superior, Duluth, and the famous aerial lift bridge. (Submitted by Joe Gerard) Pros: Nice smooth, wide asphalt with no road crossings. Cons: Can get very crowded during nice weather. 
Ely 4  CR 16 - Ely    10km      
  The road surface, shoulders and scenery make this 6 mile (one-way) route a joy. CR 16 is east of Ely, MN, about 1 mile east of the Voyageur Visitor Center and International Wolf Center. CR 16 is newly paved with wide shoulders. Gently rolling hills make it appropriate for the novice as well those wanting uphill efforts. The scenery, being on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, makes it appropriate for lower intensity efforts also. One bridge crossing at Silver Rapids is fairly smooth but does require slowing down for the expansion joint and the grooved cement surface. Occasional gravel on the shoulder is predictable coming at cross-roads and driveways, and is easily negotiated. The east end of the route terminates with a surface change to gravel which is well marked. The map is an older vintage which doesn't indicate the road accurately on the eastern-most several miles (Michael Sweet).  
Ely 5  Trezona Trail    4m      
  A nice place to rollerski in Ely is the Trezona Trail. It goes 3/4 of the way around Miner's Lake in town. It has about 4 miles of trails. (Submitted by Joe Gerard) Pros: The trail has a nice long uphill near the Vermilion Community College campus, good for intervals. Cons: Gravel on parts due to ATV crossings, and the asphalt is only 3/4 around the lake, not connecting the full loop. plans are in the works for completion of the loop. 
Grand Rapids 6  Mesabi Trail (West)    13m      
  The Mesabi Trail starts at the fairgrounds in Grand Rapids and passes through the Iron Range cities of Coleraine and Bovey before terminating in Taconite, approximately 13 miles from the start. (This trail will eventually (2002?) extend all the way up to Ely, 132 miles! There are various other portions of this trail completed at this time including sections near Hibbing and Virginia.) The Grand Rapids section of the trail mostly follows old mining roads and is not flat. It passes by several mine pit lakes and crosses over the Prairie River. (Submitted by Craig Stertz) Pros: Scenic and generally not much traffic. A variety of terrain. Cons: Occasional rocks due to (illegal) 4-wheeler traffic. 
Hinckley/Duluth 7  Willard Munger State Trail    63m      
  The longest trail in the state, if not the country. (Submitted by Matt Aro) Pros: The trail is not technically challenging by any means. The first 6 miles heading south from Duluth is a gradual uphill. So coming back to Duluth can be very fast. Cons: The trail is shared with snowmobiles in the winter so some spots have rough sections from the studded tracks. On nice days, there are also many bikers, runners, and rollerbladers. The best time to get out is after work or in the morning (too busy on the weekends). 
Tofte 8  Gitchi-Gami State Trail    17mi      
  When completed, this trail will span much of the NorthShore of Lake Superior. As of fall 2005, segments were completed near Grand Marais, Tofte, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Gooseberry Falls. 
Wrenshall 9  Alex Laveau Memorial Trail    10k      
  Paved multi-purpose trail on former railway, similar to Munger, Heartland, and Paul Bunyan Trails. Runs from Carlton down to CR23 -- hooks into the Willard Munger Trail. (Submitted by Tom Urbanski) Pros: Perfect for a quick evening rollerski after a hard day's work. Currently much better pavement than Munger Trail between Carlton and Duluth. Far less foot, bike and roller traffic than Munger Trail, you can rollerski the entire length without having to dodge a steady stream of people. Good places to park include the Leimer Road crossing near Carlton, from where you can rollerski down and back a 2.58 mile (each way) stretch. Another good place is near the high school football field in Wrenshall where you can rollerski a different 3 mile stretch. Few road crossings, and some crossings intersect little-used roads that have hills suitable for doing repeats. Cons: The 6.5 mile trail is split into two main sections because of an old oil refinery that didn't grant right-of-way on their property. If you rollerski the full length of the trail, at about its midpoint you ski on a safe, wide shoulder of a moderately-used county highway for less than one mile. No marked parking lot/trailheads. Travels past working farms and through remote areas, so farm smells and bear sightings are not unusual. (Bear sightings make for interesting heart rate monitor readings.) 

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