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Carl MacKay from Choctaw, OK on 8/12/2018 6:06:12 PM:
What is the elevation gain for the ride? Is it extremely hilly?

Bcov on 8/12/2018 8:17:55 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 8/13/2018 8:37:56 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 9/19/2018 5:20:13 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 9/22/2018 10:28:06 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 8/28/2020 12:07:05 PM:
THX Very helpful visual of elevation changes. Plan to do this trail in 2021. Can't wait!