President’s Bicycle Ride – Mickelson Trail


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Imagine a path where the ghosts of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane still roam; where bicyclists, hikers, and horseback riders can explore spruce and ponderosa pine forests; and the young, the old, and people of all abilities can enjoy it.

The George S. Mickelson Trail, in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills, was completed in September of 1998. Its gentle slopes and easy access allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. Much of the trail passes through National Forest Land, but there are parts of the trail that pass-through privately-owned land, where the trail use is restricted to the trail only.

The trail is 109 miles long and contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The trail surface is primarily crushed limestone and gravel. There are 15 trailheads, all of which offer parking, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets, and tables.

A majority of the trail does not exceed a 4% grade, but parts of the trail are considered strenuous. Dumont is the highest point and the 19-mile stretch from Deadwood to Dumont is the longest incline.

Note: Poor to non-existent mobile phone coverage on the trail.

Tuesday Ride – Start time 8:00 am
Sept 19th
Starting at the Lead Trailhead riding the Kirk loop 10.5 miles
Ending back at the Lead Trailhead

Wednesday Ride – Start time 12 noon
Sept 20th
Meeting at the Lead Trailhead
Shuttling to Rochford (Required)
Riding from Rochford Trailhead back to the Lead Trailhead.
23.3 miles

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