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Mountain Biking

Alkali Creek Trail Network

General description of Alkali Creek riding area

Buzzards Roost Trail Network

The Buzzards Roost Trail Network is a system of trails about six miles west of Rapid City that features 8+ miles of diverse single and double track. With 6+ miles of the trail being exceptional, if somewhat rocky, single track. There are a couple of challenging climbs to be had in this trail network but, sans the exceptionally rocky sections, the trails are typical of a modern human designed trail system in that they flow well and have a diversity of medium and high speed sections. One of the highlights of this area is the breathtaking view from atop the Lookout, upon your first visit to Buzzards Roost you should consider an ascent to the Lookout mandatory.

Hansen-Larsen Memorial Park Trail Network

Description of M-Hill

Storm Mountain Trail Network

Centennial Trail #89

Description of trail

Victoria Lake Trail Network

The Victoria Lake Trail Network at no point offers views of Victoria Lake, but it does criss-cross Victoria Lake Road nearby. What it does offer are excellent canyon views and some of the best technical trails the Black Hills has to offer. The single-track is all typical of the Black Hills, oftentimes narrow, twisty and occasionally somewhat steep and it is also a bit rockier and more technical than most. There is a better way to describe these trails and it can be done in a word: "fun". The Victoria area is composed of three main loops: Victoria's Secret, Victoria 15, and the Victoria Lollipop. These loops can be combined in numerous ways for incredible variety.

Trail #40 / Deerfield Trail

The Deerfield Trail, most often referred to as Trail #40, is a point-to-point trail traveling from near Pactola Lake at the eastern end to Deerfield Lake at the western end. Trail #40 shares some of its length with the Centennial Trail / Trail #89 at the eastern end before passing Silver City, traveling along Rapid Creek and Slate Creek, crossing and sharing some of its length with the Mickelson Trail and finally ending by intersecting the Deerfield Lake Loop Trail / Trail #40L.

Recreational Cycling/Walking

Mickelson Trail

The Mickelson Trail is a converted railbed that passes through the heart of the Black Hills. Beginning in Edgemont, in the southern hills, the trail passes through the towns of Pringle, Custer, Hill City, Rochford, Lead and Deadwood. The majority of the trail does not exceed 4% grade, and the relatively hard packed crushed aggregate surface make it appropriate for bicycles of all types except road bikes with skinny tires. The trail is suitable for all ages and abilities. Hikers and horseback riders are the other predominant trail users.

Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway

The Leonard "Swanny" Swanson Memorial Pathway is a paved bike path that runs the breadth of Rapid City along Rapid Creek.

Hiking/Running

Alkali Creek Trail Network

General description of Alkali Creek riding area

Buzzards Roost Trail Network

The Buzzards Roost Trail Network is a system of trails about six miles west of Rapid City that features 8+ miles of diverse single and double track. With 6+ miles of the trail being exceptional, if somewhat rocky, single track. There are a couple of challenging climbs to be had in this trail network but, sans the exceptionally rocky sections, the trails are typical of a modern human designed trail system in that they flow well and have a diversity of medium and high speed sections. One of the highlights of this area is the breathtaking view from atop the Lookout, upon your first visit to Buzzards Roost you should consider an ascent to the Lookout mandatory.

Hansen-Larsen Memorial Park Trail Network

Description of M-Hill

Storm Mountain Trail Network

Centennial Trail #89

Description of trail

Norbeck Wildlife Preserve / Black Elk Wilderness

The Norbeck Wildlife Preserve and Black Elk Wilderness trail networks are gorgeous recreational trails southwest of Rapid City, SD. While cycling is allowed on the Norbeck trails, it is not allowed within the Black Elk Wilderness area, which can make cycling in this area a tricky proposition. Runners, hikers and those of the equestrian persuasion rejoice!

Deerfield Lake Loop Trail No. 40L

The Deerfield Lake Loop Trail No. 40L is nestled right in the middle of the Black Hills National Forest, northwest of Hill City and Custer, south of Lead and Deadwood and due west of Rapid City, this trail is within reasonable driving distance no matter where you are in the Black Hills. This trail, which encircles Deerfield Lake, is not overly technical but has a fairly substantial amount of elevation change given its distance. The Lake Loop Trail makes an excellent destination for hikers and horseback riders and while it is a good mountain bike trail, there are better cycling destinations in the Black Hills.

Trail #40 / Deerfield Trail

The Deerfield Trail, most often referred to as Trail #40, is a point-to-point trail traveling from near Pactola Lake at the eastern end to Deerfield Lake at the western end. Trail #40 shares some of its length with the Centennial Trail / Trail #89 at the eastern end before passing Silver City, traveling along Rapid Creek and Slate Creek, crossing and sharing some of its length with the Mickelson Trail and finally ending by intersecting the Deerfield Lake Loop Trail / Trail #40L.

Victoria Lake Trail Network

The Victoria Lake Trail Network at no point offers views of Victoria Lake, but it does criss-cross Victoria Lake Road nearby. What it does offer are excellent canyon views and some of the best technical trails the Black Hills has to offer. The single-track is all typical of the Black Hills, oftentimes narrow, twisty and occasionally somewhat steep and it is also a bit rockier and more technical than most. There is a better way to describe these trails and it can be done in a word: "fun". The Victoria area is composed of three main loops: Victoria's Secret, Victoria 15, and the Victoria Lollipop. These loops can be combined in numerous ways for incredible variety.

Equestrian

Alkali Creek Trail Network

General description of Alkali Creek riding area

Centennial Trail #89

Description of trail

Norbeck Wildlife Preserve / Black Elk Wilderness

The Norbeck Wildlife Preserve and Black Elk Wilderness trail networks are gorgeous recreational trails southwest of Rapid City, SD. While cycling is allowed on the Norbeck trails, it is not allowed within the Black Elk Wilderness area, which can make cycling in this area a tricky proposition. Runners, hikers and those of the equestrian persuasion rejoice!

Deerfield Lake Loop Trail No. 40L

The Deerfield Lake Loop Trail No. 40L is nestled right in the middle of the Black Hills National Forest, northwest of Hill City and Custer, south of Lead and Deadwood and due west of Rapid City, this trail is within reasonable driving distance no matter where you are in the Black Hills. This trail, which encircles Deerfield Lake, is not overly technical but has a fairly substantial amount of elevation change given its distance. The Lake Loop Trail makes an excellent destination for hikers and horseback riders and while it is a good mountain bike trail, there are better cycling destinations in the Black Hills.

Trail #40 / Deerfield Trail

The Deerfield Trail, most often referred to as Trail #40, is a point-to-point trail traveling from near Pactola Lake at the eastern end to Deerfield Lake at the western end. Trail #40 shares some of its length with the Centennial Trail / Trail #89 at the eastern end before passing Silver City, traveling along Rapid Creek and Slate Creek, crossing and sharing some of its length with the Mickelson Trail and finally ending by intersecting the Deerfield Lake Loop Trail / Trail #40L.