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Day one Deadwood to Rochford

Ranger from Boulder on 8/22/2021 5:19:16 PM:
I see the perfect Day 1 distance......Deadwood to Rochford. But once again, there are no places to stay in Rochford (or anywhere close). Where do people stay once they've left Deadwood, Day 1?

PJN from Overland Park, KS on 8/25/2021 2:27:58 PM:
Usually they go all the way to Hill City. It is downhill from Rochford to Mystic, but then uphill for a few miles thru the tunnels. The last few miles into Hill City are downhill. No real lodging options otherwise - unless you can find a Airbnb close to trail.