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Camping
 -  + I am allowed to camp anywhere along the trail, or just camping and hotel sites?
Discussion started 12/29/2020 12:59 PM by Maddigan Oshea - 4 replies (last reply by Chuck at 05/04/2021 01:06 PM)
Maddigan Oshea from North Dakota on 12/29/2020 12:59 PM
I am allowed to camp anywhere along the trail, or just camping and hotel sites?

 
Bill from Central Illinois on 03/14/2021 05:27 PM
From everything I've read trying to plan a trip, you can only camp in a few designated areas along the trail. There are also some National Forests along the trail where you can camp. But I do think setting up camp just anywhere along the trail is prohibited.

 
Tim from Bismarck on 03/22/2021 10:34 AM
I agree with the above comment. It seems like the trail is not really designed with the camping in mind.

 
Chuck on 05/04/2021 01:06 PM
The trail passes through the Black Hills national forest. Dispersed camping is allowed in national forests as long as you follow the rules. There is a mix of private property and national forest along the trail. You can look on the USDA website to locate legal areas for dispersed camping. When in doubt, you can contact the local Ranger. There is an office in Spearfish, but they are closed to covid right now.

 
Chuck on 05/04/2021 01:06 PM
The trail passes through the Black Hills national forest. Dispersed camping is allowed in national forests as long as you follow the rules. There is a mix of private property and national forest along the trail. You can look on the USDA website to locate legal areas for dispersed camping. When in doubt, you can contact the local Ranger. There is an office in Spearfish, but they are closed to covid right now.


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Pringle Trailhead in Pringle
 -  + Hello. Wondering if one could leave vehicles parked in Pringle for a 7 days period while we ride up and back to Deadwood? Thanks, -Steve
Discussion started 04/27/2021 03:06 PM by Steve Willams - 0 replies
Steve Willams from Oak Creek, Colorado on 04/27/2021 03:06 PM
Hello. Wondering if one could leave vehicles parked in Pringle for a 7 days period while we ride up and back to Deadwood?
Thanks, -Steve


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Trail Conditions
 -  + I know its snowing right know but any thoughts on the trail being passable for this Saturday?
Discussion started 04/19/2021 11:06 AM by Brad - 3 replies (last reply by Brad at 04/22/2021 11:29 AM)
Brad from Thornton on 04/19/2021 11:06 AM
I know its snowing right know but any thoughts on the trail being passable for this Saturday?

 
Ed from Rapid City on 04/22/2021 10:48 AM
I am wondering this too. I am almost willing to bet that there are parts that have snow over the trail. we have had a dry spring but IDK. Been anxious to ride the trail.

 
Brad from Thornton, Co on 04/22/2021 11:07 AM
Thanks Ed for info. We are planning to ride it this Saturday unless I here there is to much snow from Hill City to Deadwood. I like to ride it from Edgemont to Deadwood.

 
Brad from Thornton, Co on 04/22/2021 11:29 AM
Thanks Ed for info. We are planning to ride it this Saturday unless I here there is to much snow from Hill City to Deadwood. I like to ride it from Edgemont to Deadwood.


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Bicycles in Hotel Rooms
 -  + What hotels in deadwood allow you to bring a couple of bicycles into the rooms?
Discussion started 04/22/2021 10:54 AM by Ed - 0 replies
Ed from Rapid City on 04/22/2021 10:54 AM
What hotels in deadwood allow you to bring a couple of bicycles into the rooms?


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grade from Deadwood?
 -  + What is the grade of the climb out of Deadwood?
Discussion started 04/13/2021 01:40 PM by Alan - 0 replies
Alan from Boulder on 04/13/2021 01:40 PM
What is the grade of the climb out of Deadwood?



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Transportation from Edgemont to Valentine Ne?
 -  + Looking for a fast way to get to the Cowboy Trail. My friend and I are planning a self-supported ride along the Mickelson & Cowboy trails, and looking for a way to get between Edgemont SD and Valentin...
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SushiSeeker from Melbourne, FL on 03/27/2021 09:03 AM
Looking for a fast way to get to the Cowboy Trail. My friend and I are planning a self-supported ride along the Mickelson & Cowboy trails, and looking for a way to get between Edgemont SD and Valentine NE without riding the 200+ miles with little in-between. Any ideas? Thanks!


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Edgemont Trailhead in Edgemont
 -  + is there overnight parking at the Edgemont trail head?
Discussion started 01/27/2021 09:00 AM by dawn danyluk - 2 replies (last reply by Dandy Don at 03/22/2021 04:49 PM)
dawn danyluk from ORCHARD PARK on 01/27/2021 09:00 AM
is there overnight parking at the Edgemont trail head?

 
Tim from Bismarck on 03/22/2021 10:32 AM
There is parking in the town of Edgemont. We left a vehicle there and everyone in town seemed really appreciative of the commerce we brought.

 
Dandy Don from Fairfield on 03/22/2021 04:49 PM
Similar to Tim's experience, two years ago we parked 3 vehicles for several days, right on main street, (Ohio tags), and had no problems.
Super friendly folks all along the way east.


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trail info
 -  + Is there ever an answer to all the questions?
Discussion started 01/27/2021 09:19 AM by mickey - 2 replies (last reply by Scott at 03/12/2021 09:26 PM)
mickey on 01/27/2021 09:19 AM
Is there ever an answer to all the questions?

 
CO72 on 02/10/2021 08:03 PM
Doesn't seem to be.

 
Scott from in SE MN on 03/12/2021 09:26 PM
LOL Just as in real life...more questions than answers. But seriously, it would certainly be helpful if a few more folks with Mikelson Trail experience & expertise would chime in with answers and opinions!


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DeadWheels Bike Rentals in Deadwood
 -  + Planning a trip for fall -- Do you rent electric bikes? Are you selling the business or just the domain name?
Discussion started 01/12/2021 10:20 AM by edge - 0 replies
edge from Backus, MN on 01/12/2021 10:20 AM
Planning a trip for fall -- Do you rent electric bikes? Are you selling the business or just the domain name?


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Granite Sports in Hill City
 -  + Planning a trip -- Does Granite Sports rent electric bikes?
Discussion started 01/12/2021 10:14 AM by edge - 0 replies
edge from Backus, MN on 01/12/2021 10:14 AM
Planning a trip -- Does Granite Sports rent electric bikes?


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National Forest Camping
 -  + Does anyone have any experience camping (front country or, preferably dispersed) in the Black Hills National Forest who biked the Trail during the day and camped at night? Also open to experiences c...
Discussion started 11/27/2020 11:22 AM by Rob - 0 replies
Rob from Central New York on 11/27/2020 11:22 AM
Does anyone have any experience camping (front country or, preferably dispersed) in the Black Hills National Forest who biked the Trail during the day and camped at night?

Also open to experiences camping at Custer State Park or Windy Cave NP or even a KOA who biked during the day.

Please include personal experience rather than reference a place that you have not personally used.

Looking for ideas. Thank you.


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Fly fishing near Mickelson Trail
 -  + I noticed on the Mickelson Trail map it says fly fishing opportunities. Anyone know which section of the trail has good fly fishing?
Discussion started 07/28/2020 12:26 AM by Brad from Colorado - 1 reply (last reply by Rob at 11/27/2020 11:17 AM)
Brad from Colorado from Glenwood Springs on 07/28/2020 12:26 AM
I noticed on the Mickelson Trail map it says fly fishing opportunities. Anyone know which section of the trail has good fly fishing?

 
Rob from Central New York on 11/27/2020 11:17 AM
I would be interested in this as well. We travelled along a pretty brook around the Mystic Trailhead. I presume it holds fish, but not sure if it is all private property with no fishing easements.

Might be a good question for the National Forest Service.


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which way is better
 -  + Hey everyone, I rode this trail years ago and did about 65 miles both directions. I am looking at doing this in 2021, which way do you guys prefer and why. I looked at the map and it looks like Nort...
Discussion started 11/24/2020 01:58 PM by mr_smith26 - 0 replies
mr_smith26 from Yankton on 11/24/2020 01:58 PM
Hey everyone, I rode this trail years ago and did about 65 miles both directions. I am looking at doing this in 2021, which way do you guys prefer and why. I looked at the map and it looks like North to South is the way to go, however I see the annual bike ride they go South to North. When I go for a bike ride, I am usually going 10-15 miles in a 1 1/2 with some hills.


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Elevation of Mickelson Trail
 -  + What is the elevation of the Mickelson Trail. Just returned from the Black Hills & would like to bike the trail next year. Not sure how many miles a day to ride?
Discussion started 10/03/2020 12:41 PM by Cactus Wren - 0 replies
Cactus Wren from PHX on 10/03/2020 12:41 PM
What is the elevation of the Mickelson Trail. Just returned from the Black Hills & would like to bike the trail next year. Not sure how many miles a day to ride?


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Elevation of Mickelson Trail
 -  + What is the elevation of the Mickelson Trail. Just returned from the Black Hills & would like to bike the trail next year. Not sure how many miles a day to ride?
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Cactus Wren from PHX on 10/03/2020 12:40 PM
What is the elevation of the Mickelson Trail. Just returned from the Black Hills & would like to bike the trail next year. Not sure how many miles a day to ride?


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Shuttle
 -  + I am looking to ride 2-4 hours out but wondering how to get back? Is there a shuttle? Do I need to make an appointment? How does that work?
Discussion started 08/05/2020 08:57 AM by Beth B - 2 replies (last reply by RJ at 09/29/2020 09:13 AM)
Beth B from Nebraska on 08/05/2020 08:57 AM
I am looking to ride 2-4 hours out but wondering how to get back? Is there a shuttle? Do I need to make an appointment? How does that work?

 
RJ from MINNEAPOLIS on 09/29/2020 09:10 AM
there is not a shuttle unless you are renting bikes from a service

 
RJ from MINNEAPOLIS on 09/29/2020 09:13 AM
oops see comments further down about shuttle service out of Hill City


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BIKING DURING HUNTING SEASON
 -  + IS IT SAFE TO BIKE IN EARLY OCTOBER, DURING ELK AND BOW HUNTING SEASON. SHOULD I WEAR ORANGE? I WILL BE BIKING FROM DEADWOOD TO HILL CITY
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RJ from MINNEAPOLIS on 09/29/2020 08:07 AM
IS IT SAFE TO BIKE IN EARLY OCTOBER, DURING ELK AND BOW HUNTING SEASON. SHOULD I WEAR ORANGE? I WILL BE BIKING FROM DEADWOOD TO HILL CITY


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Goat Heads
 -  + Any problems with goat heads? Is water available along the way during the pandemic? If so do they shut them off for the winter? I’m looking to ride both ways at the end of September. Thanks
Discussion started 09/13/2020 03:35 PM by Steve - 0 replies
Steve from Salida, Co on 09/13/2020 03:35 PM
Any problems with goat heads? Is water available along the way during the pandemic? If so do they shut them off for the winter? I’m looking to ride both ways at the end of September. Thanks


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newbie
 -  + Lots of questions. What type of bike, mountain, crossover, hybrid? How many days should be allow, allowing appx 30-40 miles per day. Best time of year to go? Is hotel, cabin lodging expensive? thi...
Discussion started 08/25/2020 10:47 AM by rmw - 2 replies (last reply by Jenny at 09/08/2020 11:28 AM)
rmw from grand rapids, michigan on 08/25/2020 10:47 AM
Lots of questions. What type of bike, mountain, crossover, hybrid? How many days should be allow, allowing appx 30-40 miles per day. Best time of year to go? Is hotel, cabin lodging expensive? thinking about riding this with my wife in 2021. She'll be 64, I'll be 70, but both in pretty good shape. Any feedback, thoughts, suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.

 
Kathy from Omaha on 08/30/2020 04:05 PM
I have the same questions. My husband and I would like to bike the trail in 2021. Are there places to camp or stay in hotels along the way? Is there a recommended itinerary? Is there a shuttle that can trans port us and our bikes back to the start?

 
Jenny from Colorado on 09/08/2020 11:28 AM
All the lodging options, services etc are on the website ( https://bikemickelson.com/default.aspx). Just click on Towns & Services or use the map legend diagram and click on a CITY.

Rail trails : A mountain bike, hybrid bike or road bike with treaded tires (ex. Schwalbe) will be most comfortable. Your mileage / day varies due to ability, but rail trails will be slower than road travel. ANY TRIP: Prepare for all weather, bring rain gear. Protect your clothing etc. in 1 gallon ziplocs and/or weather-proof paniers (like Ortlieb). Carry water.
SHUTTLES: yes. Google found many companies to transport people, bikes, or move cars.
HOTELS: Look at SERVICES page. The BED symbol is a hotel. The TENT symbol is for camping. Reserve ahead during peak travel times (summer) especially.


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Elevation
 -  + What is the elevation gain for the ride? Is it extremely hilly?
Discussion started 08/12/2018 06:06 PM by Carl MacKay - 5 replies (last reply by CK Smith at 08/28/2020 12:07 PM)
Carl MacKay from Choctaw, OK on 08/12/2018 06:06 PM
What is the elevation gain for the ride? Is it extremely hilly?

 
Bcov on 08/12/2018 08:17 PM
Total elevation north to south is about 4,500 feet. I would assume that the south to north route would be about 5,500 feet. Not hilly, as much as long 3-6 mile uphill sections followed by equally long down hill sections.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 08/13/2018 08:37 AM
Here is a web page with an elevation chart: https://www.mapmyride.com/us/hot-springs-sd/mickelson-trail-route-43717916

 
Jeff from Fort Worth on 09/19/2018 05:20 PM
The grade on the Mickelson is very reasonable, never over 5%. The climbs can be long and monotonous on a hot day, but a cyclist in only fair shape can handle them. I saw people very out of shape on all parts of the trail, every day, with little issue.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 09/22/2018 10:28 AM
Here's an elevation chart of the Mickelson Trail that I put together: elevation.aspx

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. :-)

Happy trails!

 
CK Smith from Amarillo TX on 08/28/2020 12:07 PM
THX Very helpful visual of elevation changes. Plan to do this trail in 2021. Can't wait!


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Riding alone
 -  + How crowded is the trail in September? I would like to do part of the trail not the whole trail maybe 20 miles or so would it be safe for a woman to ride alone?
Discussion started 08/18/2020 07:30 PM by Siebs - 1 reply (last reply by anonymous at 08/27/2020 10:01 PM)
Siebs from Ohio on 08/18/2020 07:30 PM
How crowded is the trail in September? I would like to do part of the trail not the whole trail maybe 20 miles or so would it be safe for a woman to ride alone?

 
Anonymous from Custer on 08/27/2020 10:01 PM
I would consider to the Mickelson to be a very safe trail for a woman riding alone. The bigger issue is if you have a problem of any sort there is sometimes no cell service. Especially in the mid-northern sections of the trail. But I have never felt unsafe on the trail nor have I ever heard of any incidents. There are usually some amount of people riding or walking sections of the trail. But the trail is never crowded. The busiest it gets is when they have the trail trek and I think that got cancelled this year. Even then it isn't crowded.


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Edgemont Trailhead in Edgemont
 -  + Locating at Google maps. Where is the overnight parking at the Edgemont trail head.
Discussion started 08/14/2020 04:15 PM by Eugene - 0 replies
Eugene from Boulder co on 08/14/2020 04:15 PM
Locating at Google maps.
Where is the overnight parking at the Edgemont trail head.


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 -  + We'll be in the area top of the week. We won't have bikes but would like to ride a mellow scenic stretch of the trail for 2-4 hours, would need to rent bikes. Would love some suggestions on what leg, ...
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Ned from California on 07/29/2020 12:39 AM
We'll be in the area top of the week. We won't have bikes but would like to ride a mellow scenic stretch of the trail for 2-4 hours, would need to rent bikes. Would love some suggestions on what leg, where to get bikes. Also is it possible to ride a few hours in one direction, then get a shuttle back? Thank you.


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Deadwood Trailhead in Deadwood
 -  + Is it allowed and safe to leave your car at the trailhead if we will be riding the trail for 4 days (Deadwood to Edgemont and back)?
Discussion started 07/26/2020 04:34 PM by Isabel - 1 reply (last reply by michael at 07/28/2020 07:23 PM)
Isabel from Mahomet IL on 07/26/2020 04:34 PM
Is it allowed and safe to leave your car at the trailhead if we will be riding the trail for 4 days (Deadwood to Edgemont and back)?

 
michael from milliken, co on 07/28/2020 07:23 PM
Left car in Edgemont for 4 days, there were several others cars there. It was fine. I didn't see any issues with the other cars. Cars that I saw left at other trailheads all seemed to be fine as we rode through.


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weather
 -  + My son and I are planning to ride the trail deadwood to Edgemont early to mid September, what weather could we expect temp hi, temp low and chance of rain ?
Discussion started 07/25/2020 09:51 AM by kyle - 1 reply (last reply by Psychlist at 07/26/2020 05:39 AM)
kyle from chicago area on 07/25/2020 09:51 AM
My son and I are planning to ride the trail deadwood to Edgemont early to mid September, what weather could we expect temp hi, temp low and chance of rain ?

 
Psychlist on 07/26/2020 05:39 AM
If you go to this website's "weather" page at
https://bikemickelson.com/weather.aspx

... and scroll to the bottom of the page, you'll see a couple of "Historical Averages" links to web pages with a variety of weather statistics: monthly highs, lows, precip, etc.


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Starting in Custer
 -  + Starting my planning. We will be doing a day trip in July, starting in Custer. Thoughts on which direction to travel? Toward White Elephant or toward Hill City?
Discussion started 05/28/2020 08:31 AM by Crystal - 3 replies (last reply by michael at 07/24/2020 02:50 PM)
Crystal from Maine on 05/28/2020 08:31 AM
Starting my planning. We will be doing a day trip in July, starting in Custer. Thoughts on which direction to travel? Toward White Elephant or toward Hill City?

 
Jethro on 06/25/2020 12:04 PM
North towards Hill City for sure. You can see Crazy Horse from the trail plus get to a few of the tunnels.

 
Crystal from Maine on 07/13/2020 10:29 AM
Thanks so much for the info!!! Are the tunnels on the way to Hill City or are they past Hill city heading toward Mystic? I would definitely like to see at least one of those.
Also,
Do you think from Custer to Hill City would be a 4 hour trip? or should I rent the bikes all day?

 
michael from milliken, co on 07/24/2020 02:50 PM
From Custer to Hill City is 15 miles. The round trip, I would estimate for 4 hours which would count for breaks and pictures.


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One day miles
 -  + My family (girls 11 & 8) love to ride bikes casually. Our longest ride in one day is probably 10 miles. If we start in Dumont, how many hours would it take us to get to Hill City?
Discussion started 07/14/2020 09:21 AM by Rochelle - 1 reply (last reply by michael at 07/24/2020 02:47 PM)
Rochelle from Ashland, MO on 07/14/2020 09:21 AM
My family (girls 11 & 8) love to ride bikes casually. Our longest ride in one day is probably 10 miles. If we start in Dumont, how many hours would it take us to get to Hill City?

 
michael from milliken, co on 07/24/2020 02:47 PM
From Dumont to Hill City is basically downhill. There is a climb or uphill section a few miles from Rochford. I would estimate 3 hours. Stop at all rest stops and load up on water.


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Water availability
 -  + Will be hitting the Mickelson starting at Dumont TH July 8. Are water sources noted on trail map along the route to Mystic reliable? Due to the impact of COVID-19 shutting down public drinking founta...
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LivingLife from Des Moines on 07/01/2020 12:01 PM
Will be hitting the Mickelson starting at Dumont TH July 8. Are water sources noted on trail map along the route to Mystic reliable? Due to the impact of COVID-19 shutting down public drinking fountains need to know how much water to bring or filter from streams.


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Edgemont Trailhead in Edgemont
 -  + Is there a shuttle service from Edgemont to Deadwood? If so Contact info please. Planning to ride early Sept 2020
Discussion started 12/15/2019 12:36 AM by The Norm - 3 replies (last reply by Jethro at 06/25/2020 12:05 PM)
The Norm from Riverbank Ca on 12/15/2019 12:36 AM
Is there a shuttle service from Edgemont to Deadwood? If so Contact info please. Planning to ride early Sept 2020

 
Dew Dude from Rapid City on 05/01/2020 07:41 AM
I know of one place in Hill City that will pick you up and take you anywhere you want along the trail. They also rent bikes if you do not want to bring yours. They are called Jack Rabbit bikes. Not sure when they start or how much they cost. Hill City is about half way point on the trail and has hotels if you need one

 
Dew Dude from Rapid City on 05/01/2020 07:47 AM
sorry it is called Rabbit Bikes

 
Jethro on 06/25/2020 12:05 PM
Yes, Black Hills Discovery Tours will shuttle you from Edgemont to Deadwood. 605-920-1020


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Most scenic
 -  + We are not able to ride the whole trail, which section is the most scenic. Will be doing out and backs. Thanks
Discussion started 05/15/2020 02:25 PM - 1 reply (last reply by The Dude. at 06/19/2020 09:45 AM)
Anonymous from Steamboat on 05/15/2020 02:25 PM
We are not able to ride the whole trail, which section is the most scenic. Will be doing out and backs.
Thanks

 
The Dude. from Kansas City on 06/19/2020 09:45 AM
The section from the Dumont trailhead to the Mystic trailhead is very scenic with a few tunnels. Plus, it is a gradual downgrade almost the whole way. This means you pedal to get the bike rolling and then coast practically the whole way. It's amazing!!!


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Satellite phone
 -  + How is cell service on the trail?
Discussion started 06/01/2020 05:57 PM by Scott Shufelberger - 1 reply (last reply by Carlos at 06/08/2020 09:01 AM)
Scott Shufelberger from Wichita on 06/01/2020 05:57 PM
How is cell service on the trail?

 
Carlos from Sioux Center, IA on 06/08/2020 09:01 AM
Cell service is very spotty between towns, zero to 1 bar most of the trip. Just rode yesterday, definitely bring your garmin.


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Shuttle from Deadwood or Spearfish to Rapid City
 -  + My brother and I need a shuttle from Deadwood or Spearfish to Rapid City on 6/12/20. Enterprise Car Rental is closed in Spearfish, so we have to get to Rapid to pick up a vehicle after riding the Cow...
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WillyC from Wichita on 05/31/2020 09:16 AM
My brother and I need a shuttle from Deadwood or Spearfish to Rapid City on 6/12/20. Enterprise Car Rental is closed in Spearfish, so we have to get to Rapid to pick up a vehicle after riding the Cowboy & Mickelson Trails. We really want to ride the Mickelson all the way to the end! Thanks!!


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bike style
 -  + do I need a mountain bike to do the full ride? or, will my skinny-tired street bike fare well?
Discussion started 05/13/2020 12:15 PM by bobo - 1 reply (last reply by DandyDon at 05/13/2020 12:51 PM)
bobo on 05/13/2020 12:15 PM
do I need a mountain bike to do the full ride?
or, will my skinny-tired street bike fare well?

 
DandyDon from Fairfield, Ohio on 05/13/2020 12:51 PM
Depends just how skinny those tires are. I did the trail last year and I think 32s to 38s are best suited for the trail.


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DeadWheels Bike Rentals in Deadwood
 -  + Looking at needing a "shuttle" from Deadwood to Edgemont for 2 RECUMBENT TRIKES (3 wheels) where our truck will be parked at a motel.Or try to find a person who'd drive our rental truck from Edgemont ...
Discussion started 03/30/2020 03:37 PM by bjjoondo - 0 replies
bjjoondo from Colorado Springs, CO on 03/30/2020 03:37 PM
Looking at needing a "shuttle" from Deadwood to Edgemont for 2 RECUMBENT TRIKES (3 wheels) where our truck will be parked at a motel.Or try to find a person who'd drive our rental truck from Edgemont to Deadwood where we could spend the night and head back to Colorado Springs the next morning. Thanks have a most excellent day! :)


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Edgemont Trailhead in Edgemont
 -  + My wife and I would like to ride the trail but we have recumbent TRIKES (3 wheels) and her's is a "Class 1 E-assist" due to a heart attack in Jan. 2019. We'd have to find a way to get our "rental truc...
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bjjoondo from Colorado Springs, CO on 03/30/2020 03:28 PM
My wife and I would like to ride the trail but we have recumbent TRIKES (3 wheels) and her's is a "Class 1 E-assist" due to a heart attack in Jan. 2019. We'd have to find a way to get our "rental truck" from Edgemont to Deadwood, any ideas? We'd be looking at lodging in Edgemont, then riding to Hill City to spend the night, then riding to the end of the trail in Deadwood to spend the night, then heading home. So 3 motel stays, food stops, etc. We might look into "tent camping at Hill City and Deadwood but probably motel stays. We are 65 don't smoke or drink booze. Thanks and have a most excellent day! Looking at early to mid-June 2020 if things with the virus settle down before then! :) Sincerely BJ and JoLynn Ondo.


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Custer Trailhead in Custer
 -  + Planning on riding the trail Memorial Day weekend from Custer to Deadwood and back. Are you allowed to leave your car at the trailhead parkig overnight or is there other overnight parking in the area...
Discussion started 03/04/2020 12:42 PM by Ted - 0 replies
Ted from Fort Collins CO on 03/04/2020 12:42 PM
Planning on riding the trail Memorial Day weekend from Custer to Deadwood and back. Are you allowed to leave your car at the trailhead parkig overnight or is there other overnight parking in the area?


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Country Charm Cabins and Corrals in Pringle
 -  + Is the road to Country Cabins safe for bicycles?
Discussion started 02/01/2020 08:16 AM by Wayne - 0 replies
Wayne from Lancaster, SC on 02/01/2020 08:16 AM
Is the road to Country Cabins safe for bicycles?


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Peter Norbec Scenic Byway.
 -  + Going to ride the Mickelson in the fall and wanted to add some of the Peter Norbec Byway. How is the traffic and roads?
Discussion started 01/19/2020 02:05 PM by Craig - 0 replies
Craig from springfield, MO on 01/19/2020 02:05 PM
Going to ride the Mickelson in the fall and wanted to add some of the Peter Norbec Byway. How is the traffic and roads?


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Walking
 -  + How is walking this trail? Is it steep or relaxing? Thanks
Discussion started 10/08/2019 06:21 AM by Happy - 1 reply (last reply by Okiejuan at 12/31/2019 06:55 AM)
Happy on 10/08/2019 06:21 AM
How is walking this trail? Is it steep or relaxing? Thanks

 
Okiejuan from Sheridan, WY on 12/31/2019 06:55 AM
Given that it was originally a railroad line it will be easily walkable.


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Camping allowed along the trail?
 -  + Planning a 4 day Deadwood to Edgmont ride with my wife. Will find a hotel in Hill City. Wondering if we can primitive camp along/near the trail in the Rochford and Pringle areas?
Discussion started 12/23/2019 10:16 AM by Trail Rider - 0 replies
Trail Rider from San Antonio on 12/23/2019 10:16 AM
Planning a 4 day Deadwood to Edgmont ride with my wife. Will find a hotel in Hill City. Wondering if we can primitive camp along/near the trail in the Rochford and Pringle areas?


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EBikes
 -  + Are EBikes (Electric bikes) permitted on the trail? THANKS
Discussion started 10/13/2019 09:37 AM by Richard S. - 1 reply (last reply by Ray [webmaster] at 10/24/2019 08:33 PM)
Richard S. from Denver on 10/13/2019 09:37 AM
Are EBikes (Electric bikes) permitted on the trail? THANKS

 
Ray [webmaster] on 10/24/2019 08:33 PM
According to the SD Parks Dept website "Electric wheelchairs, electric scooters and select e-bikes are allowed on the trail." My understanding is if your bike is electric - not motorized (i.e. gas-burning) - then you are OK.


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Mickelson to Cowboy
 -  + My wife are planning a trip that will start at the top of the Mickelson Trail and end at the eastern terminus of the Cowboy Trail. But we are unfamiliar with the dirt roads of South Dakota. (Which G...
Discussion started 10/15/2019 12:43 PM by Kevin Meier - 0 replies
Kevin Meier from Huntsville, AL on 10/15/2019 12:43 PM
My wife are planning a trip that will start at the top of the Mickelson Trail and end at the eastern terminus of the Cowboy Trail. But we are unfamiliar with the dirt roads of South Dakota. (Which Google has us on from Edgemont to Oelrichs.) Are they traversable via bicycle or should we only stick to paved roads? Thanks!


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Trail conditions
 -  + My wife and I will be riding the trail in September and we were wondering what the condition of the trail is in with all the rain the "Hills" have been getting. Last year we rode it with bikes that ha...
Discussion started 08/25/2019 08:51 PM - 2 replies (last reply by anonymous at 08/26/2019 08:01 PM)
Anonymous on 08/25/2019 08:51 PM
My wife and I will be riding the trail in September and we were wondering what the condition of the trail is in with all the rain the "Hills" have been getting. Last year we rode it with bikes that had 32mm tires, and while struggling in some soft spots got through OK. We also have some older mountain bikes with 1.95" tires (26"). Any recommendations? We loved this trail and certainly want to do it again.

 
Flytyer from Hot Springs Village, AR on 08/26/2019 06:08 AM
I rode it week before last Aug 14-17. Thought the trail was in remarkably good condition considering the large rains. There are isolated spots of minor trail erosion and small amounts of sand. I cycled with 38mm and they were fine. Watch wind speed and direction! Great trail.

 
Anonymous on 08/26/2019 08:01 PM
Thanks a bunch!


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Riding from Keystone to a trailhead
 -  + Is there any reasonable way to (road) bike from the Keystone area to a trailhead?
Discussion started 07/08/2019 12:40 PM by Jackie - 1 reply (last reply by anonymous at 08/25/2019 09:02 PM)
Jackie from Minneapolis on 07/08/2019 12:40 PM
Is there any reasonable way to (road) bike from the Keystone area to a trailhead?

 
Anonymous on 08/25/2019 09:02 PM
I'm not from there but I do know it is about 12 miles on 16west to Hills City. I've always wondered about whether they allowed bikes on the train....but I've never seen any. If you are not tied into Keystone as a starting spot, Custer, Hills City, and Deadwood are much easier access.


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Easy scenic ten mile segment
 -  + Any recommendations for short scenic easy pedal
Discussion started 08/25/2019 08:36 AM by Cyclenorfork - 0 replies
Cyclenorfork from Arkansas on 08/25/2019 08:36 AM
Any recommendations for short scenic easy pedal


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Is the trail open to biking during the lean horse ultra
 -  + Is the trail open to biking during lean horse ultra
Discussion started 08/11/2019 05:26 PM by Wade - 0 replies
Wade on 08/11/2019 05:26 PM
Is the trail open to biking during lean horse ultra


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Tunnels - lights needed?
 -  + I understand that there are 4 tunnels along the trail. Are lights required to safely navigate the tunnels, or are they short enough that bike lights / headlamps are not required?
Discussion started 07/02/2019 09:39 PM by Colorado Joe - 1 reply (last reply by anonymous at 07/05/2019 10:33 PM)
Colorado Joe from Longmont, Colorado on 07/02/2019 09:39 PM
I understand that there are 4 tunnels along the trail. Are lights required to safely navigate the tunnels, or are they short enough that bike lights / headlamps are not required?

 
Anonymous on 07/05/2019 10:33 PM
The tunnels are short. Take off your sunglasses and slow down. I never use a light in them.


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parking at minnekahta
 -  + Can you park a car at Minnekahta trailhead?
Discussion started 06/25/2019 02:58 PM by jane - 0 replies
jane on 06/25/2019 02:58 PM
Can you park a car at Minnekahta trailhead?


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Trail Condition
 -  + Does anyone know if the trail from Hill City to Crazy Horse is in good condition or is it still soft?
Discussion started 06/15/2019 09:19 AM - 1 reply (last reply by SD vacationer at 06/22/2019 08:00 AM)
Anonymous on 06/15/2019 09:19 AM
Does anyone know if the trail from Hill City to Crazy Horse is in good condition or is it still soft?

 
SD vacationer on 06/22/2019 08:00 AM
Rode from Hill City to Crazy Horse 6/20/19 & 6/21/19. Rained every day this past week. Would say the trail was wet, not soft.


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