Why do we require an application?

Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:

1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?

Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.

We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.

Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.

In your dreams. That's where this 23-mile flow trail lives because it's so much fun to ride, with bridges and berms that roll across a dense green forest that sits on a ridge overlooking the St. Louis River.

Riding this spidery 23-mile trail system that sprials from the St. Louis River corridor  is like being allowed special access to an enchanted forest packed with white pines, ferns, and  leafy  maples. A mix of blue and green trails, Mission Creek has  multiple entry points to  access different sections of the trail.

Our favorite option is  to start in Duluth's Fon du Lac neighborhood at Chambers Grove Park, and ascend  on the Upper Cathedral trail, which ultimately leads to  more technical riding along Porcupine Passage.  The final descent is along Lower Cathedral, which follows a vertigo-inducing  ridgeline that overlooks the  St. Louis River a few hundred feet below.  

Somewhere along the trail we'll fuel up with a  gourmet picnic lunch,  packed especially for us from one of Duluth's many restaurants that serve local and sustainbly sourced food. 

 

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

A solid mix of green and blue trails, the riding here is meant to be fast and fun with few obstacles. But the 23-mile distance also makes Mission Creek great training ground for competitive and expert cyclists, too.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    5/9

    Level 5/Strong Intermediate

    • You feel confident on intermediate-level trails
    • You can handle undulating terrain, have good control of your brakes and know how to shift gears appropriately so that you don't get off your bike too often
    • You can handle terrain that is slightly technical, with smaller rocks and roots and can climb on singletrack as long as it is not technical.

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 5/Strong Intermediate

    • You feel confident on intermediate-level trails
    • You can handle undulating terrain, have good control of your brakes and know how to shift gears appropriately so that you don't get off your bike too often
    • You can handle terrain that is slightly technical, with smaller rocks and roots and can climb on singletrack as long as it is not technical.

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $165 USD
  • FITNESS RATING

    5/9

    Level 5

    • You are capable of riding 4 hours a day at a moderate pace with some short breaks, over a few days.
    • ; You are confident climbing up to a total of 300 vertical metres (1,000 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 4-5 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 5

    • You are capable of riding 4 hours a day at a moderate pace with some short breaks, over a few days.
    • ; You are confident climbing up to a total of 300 vertical metres (1,000 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 4-5 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DURATION

    1 day
  • DATES

    June - OctoberSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Adventurous

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.
9:30 Pre-ride meeting and safety brief at the Chambers Grove Park Trailhead
10:00 am - 12:00 Riding on Mission's flow trials and taking in the views of the St. Louis River
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eating a wholesome lunch with locally sourced food
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Back to the flow trails
3:30 pm Post ride wrap up
  • Local experienced and certified guide
  • Locally sourced box lunch
  • Snacks
  • Great purpose built single track

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination.

We’ve Got You Covered +

GETTING THERE AND BACK +

Getting The Most Out of Your Trip +

BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

Destination information +

Important Stuff +

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
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NOTE: There are no scheduled departures at the moment, but custom group departures are available for groups of 2 or more. If you are interested in a custom departure, contact us at duluth@sacredrides.com or 218.576.5585.
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