“Make no little plans” might be the unofficial motto of the Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS). The organization, with the assistance of Midwest Regional Director Hansi Johnson, has its sights set on the massive swath of undeveloped land that slices through Duluth, Minnesota. It could house the ultimate gateway trail system, with multiple access points for the surrounding neighborhoods and a staggering 70 miles of trails for this city of 86,000 residents.
Sometimes, however, an opportunity can seem like just another daunting task for a group of dedicated advocates. COGGS saw the opportunity to “go pro”, however, and with help from Trek’s Trailbuilding Fund were able to secure several weeks of planning and design assistance from Trail Solutions. Singletrack mastermind Joey Klein marched across countless ridges, met with local stakeholders, and absorbed the beauty of an open space accessible to a large number of people. The resulting trails master plan highlights the Duluth Traverse, the backbone of a long-term vision for a gateway trail system that will rate among the best in the world.
Local press from the Duluth News Tribune.