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.

You'll immediately understand the gravity of the situation on Spirit Mountain's nine beginner to expert machine-built trails that flow from buttery smooth to berms and jumps to expert-only rock faces. No matter which line you choose, it's all downhill—and a blast—from here.

Duluth may not  have Rocky Mountains, but we still take gravity seriously.   Be prepared to  pack in a lot of vertical—and bring your safety pads.  The riding at Spirit Mountain offers fast and flowing dowhhill cruising and  can  quickly accelerate to expert terrain that offers high-speed jumps over six- to eight-feet gaps.  The fun part is that your entire family--from kids who crave big air to moms who like to climb—can find terrain here. And our expert, certified guides can provide invaluable  tips on technique that will  make  almost any barrier seem rideable. 

Start off easy with the 4,700-foot-long "Happy Camper." With its  well engineered berms and rollers, the  machine-built flow trail is an ideal introduction to dowhnill riding. As the day progresses (along with your confidence) , graduate to the  myriad challenges of "Smorgasbord,"  4,700 feet of jumps, drops, rock gardens, and wood features.  Our guides will be happy to teach you bike-handling skills to  conquer  each challenge before it arises.  If  you're after heart-in-your-throat thrills, move on to "Wrecking Ball,"  hand-built, fast singletrack  through tight trees  with occasional rock faces. 

All nine trails are easily accessible fro m  the lift at  Riverside Chalet  or there's always "Happy Camper," the  easy flow trail that's offers a steady grind to the top through  beautiful deciduous forest. 

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

Carefully designed to include riding for all levels, one of Spirit Mountain's gravest dangers is the distractingly beautiful view of the St. Louis River and Lake Superior below. With everything from easy, smooth, machine-built rollers to hand-built singletrack with rock faces, every skill level can rise to and conquer a challenge.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    7/9

    Level 7/Advanced

    • You are confident in all aspects of mountain biking.
    • You can handle most technical terrain, include rocky and root trails, along with features such as switchbacks, medium logs (5-6" high), and low-level obstacles.
    • You're comfortable with most advanced level trails (although you may walk a few sections).

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 7/Advanced

    • You are confident in all aspects of mountain biking.
    • You can handle most technical terrain, include rocky and root trails, along with features such as switchbacks, medium logs (5-6" high), and low-level obstacles.
    • You're comfortable with most advanced level trails (although you may walk a few sections).

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $165 USD
  • FITNESS RATING

    3/9

    Level 3

    • You are capable of riding 1-2 hours a day at a relaxed pace with several breaks.
    • You can handle one or two easy climbs of up to 150 vertical metres (330 ft.) total.
    • You exercise on average 1-2 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 3

    • You are capable of riding 1-2 hours a day at a relaxed pace with several breaks.
    • You can handle one or two easy climbs of up to 150 vertical metres (330 ft.) total.
    • You exercise on average 1-2 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

    Familiar

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

Day 1 : Typical day of shredding at Spirit Mountain Bike Park

10:30 am Meet at Grand Ave. Chalet for pre-ride and check-in and meeting (Fridays rides start at 11:30 am)
11:00 am - 2:00 pm Ride lift assisted runs with our PMBI certified instructor/guide.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Lunch on-site.
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ride list assisted runs with our PMBI certified instructor/guide.
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Ride wrap-up meeting. Have a beverage at the on-site bar/grill and your guide/instructor will review and provide positive feed back from your awesome day of shedding at Spirit Mountain.



  • Certified instructor/guide
  • On site lunch

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 +

Name Bio

Samuel Hayden
I am a junior at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, studying exercise science and psychology. I also ride omnium, a mix of cross-country, short track, dual slalom, downhill, and enduro for the Fort Lewis cycling team. Mountain biking for me...

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
1 6 hours
Totals 6 hours m
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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