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George S. Mickelson State Trail

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Activities: Biking
Description: 112-mile rails-to-trails project which goes through the Black Hills.

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Really nice rail trail!

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... read more

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 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 12, 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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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We rode from Hill City through Mystic and to Rochford. Going through railroad tunnels and seeing men mining for gold were some highlights. Also biking with free range cows wasn't as exciting as running with the bulls, but you did have to watch out for them. If you are a cyclist, you need to experience this trail. Make sure your... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Mickelson Trail has beauty, solitude, and variety. With a variety of trailheads, it's possible to take a long hike or a short one, through trees or pastures, along a stream, even over a trestle or two. Lovely experience, and not a difficult hike, although it can be a long one -- as long as you wish.

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I did the Hill City trailhead south to Crazy Horse. My legs got a workout since it is almost entirely uphill to the monument. The good part is, you can see Crazy Horse from the trail, and then coast almost all the way downhill on the way back. I did the north portion from Hill City last year, and I... More 

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