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George S. Mickelson State Trail

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112-mile rails-to-trails project which goes through the Black Hills.

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Downhill Tips from Dumont Trailhead.

This being my third visit to the Mickelson trail, (Yes, I have biked the entire length), I wanted to offer a couple of suggested route sections IF you have someone that can sag... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
Sharolyn L
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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84 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This being my third visit to the Mickelson trail, (Yes, I have biked the entire length), I wanted to offer a couple of suggested route sections IF you have someone that can sag for you and you don't want to do the whole thing. Starting at the Dumont trailhead and heading to Deadwood, there is an approximate 1/2 mile incline... More 

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Forest City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

I rode 69 of the 109 miles from Hill City to Edgemont. It was a great ride with beautiful scenery. I really enjoyed being in nature with the animals but yet close enough to small towns if I needed anything.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

I haven't quite biked the whole Mickelson trail yet, but the parts I've seen have been pretty amazing. Besides the abundance of beauty, it's really nice to have a dedicated gravel bicycle path so you can concentrate on the nature around you instead of cars. Water is also available at most of the trailheads along the way, so that's an... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

My husband, 10 yo daughter and I did about 30 miles of the trail from just North of Rochford back to Hill City. About 25 miles of mainly downhill with a pretty decent 5 mile climb. Used Mickelson Trail Adventures to give us a shuttle from Hill City to Rochford -he dropped us off a few miles north so we... More 

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IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

If used to road riding, it is deceptively hard, but well worth it. I think you will prefer a 35mm wide tire or bigger, though most recently we did portions on a tandem with 25. The surface was soft/loose in spots and I almost lost the front end of the tandem. Anyhow, the sections north and south of Rochford are... More 

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We wanted to ride the Mickelson trail while in South Dakota but wanted to experience it away from civilization if possible. We decided to drive North from Hill City to the Mystic Trailhead because that part of the trail is more remote and away from the main highways. I'm so glad we did this! The Mystic Trailhead is remote but... More 

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We've done several sections, most just out-and-back. Be sure to note which way is uphill! This past week we rode ~5 miles from Sugarloaf to Englewood and especially loved ~8mi. Mystic to Rochford with tunnel, trestle Bridge and small waterfall....we'll be back!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I'm not a strong biker but this trail was perfect for me. We started in Hill City, SD and it was a slight incline the whole way. The trail is by a beautiful river and the countryside was lush and lovely. I saw lots of butterflies and bees on the flowering bushes. We rented bikes and my bike was very... More 

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Sleepy Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This past August our family visited the Black Hills of South Dakota. We took part of a day to bike the George Mickelson Trail. We biked with our 15, 12, and 10 year olds. Before starting a ride go into Hill City to Rabbit Cycle. The owner was super helpful and suggested we ride the segment of the trail from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

My husband and I just completed a bike tour on the Mikelson Trail. What a lovely, well maintained trail! We started in Hill City and rode to Dumont, spending the night at Carsten Cottages. The next day we rode to Deadwood and Lead and then back to Dumont. The following couple of days we rode south staying in Hill City... More 

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