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Watch the weather to the west and descend from the summit to avoid lightning. It's best to get an early start and plan to be on the summit by noon. Carry rain gear and extra clothes to avoid hypothermia as well as carry The Ten Essentials. Early spring and late autumn weather can be very unsettled with the possibility of snow, rain, and cold.
Winters are cold and snowy, and the road to Sylvan Lake is closed. Follow SC 87 for 6. Park at a large lot on the southwest side of the lake or at the trailhead parking on the east side of the lake may be full in summer. From the trailhead on the east side of Sylvan Lake, follow Trail 9.
The trail gently climbs northeast through a pine forest to a viewpoint that overlooks a lush valley and the southern flank of Harney Peak. Granite cliffs, domes, buttresses, and spires rise from the dark forest.
If you look carefully on the highest rocks, you can spy the summit tower-your goal. The trail continues east and slowly descends or so feet into a valley with sun-dappled meadows and a trickling stream.
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The trail crosses the stream and starts climbing through a forest of lodgepole pine and Douglas fir. The tall, straight lodgepole pines were favored by Plains Indians for the framework of their teepees. Above the trail loom granite cliffs. There are covered picnic tables to stop and rest as needed. There are restrooms and water at most of these stops. We loved the little towns where we stayed the night.
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We plan to explore these more when we return hopefully next year. One of our favorites was the Inn in Deadwood. The Alex Johnson was also a neat place to stay as it is a historic hotel in Rapid City. The Black Hills Touring Company planned and executed our tour making sure each one of us had everything we needed.
Kevin, the owner, was very knowledgeable about the area and its vast history. He carted our luggage for Inn to Inn every day. Some of those days he carted our luggage, our bikes and us to the next destination. I highly recommend him and the Black Hills Touring Company! There were some hills on the trail.
They were long, but not steep. We rented e-bikes allowing us to climb the long hills without difficulty. I was very thankful for them this trip. We had so much fun we are already planning our next trip to the Mickelson! So much to see and do!
I loved this trail. My wife, daughter, and I took a summer camping trip to Custer and the Black Hills. I was very interested in the trail after watching videos, seeing pictures, and reading about it. It was even better in person! My wife was unable to ride bikes due to some injury so I studied the elevation chart and had her drop me off at the higher trail heads and pick me up at the low ones. If you are a wana-be bike rider that is all for the coasting and none of the labor of going up hill, I highly recommend this method - if you have someone that is not up for riding.
OR like we did once my sister joined us, have two cars with one at each end. Then just coast from one to the other.
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Some of the most beautiful scenery ever. Bison at a few points beside the trail and other wildlife to see. There are several places the trail passes through ranches and sometimes there were cows on the trail. It was never a problem. The cows didn't pay much mind to us. There were gates to open and close, but again, not a problem.
Loads of history with nice trail heads and rest stops that give in-depth descriptions of the history. It was almost enough to make me want to move to the Black Hills of South Dakota. From Texas-Went to trail twice last summer- due to weather issues. Started at Edgemont the first time. Did not like the constant incline for 43 miles. So when we went back the seecond time, we left our car in Edgemont, bought a ride to Deadwood and started from there. It was 17 miles uphill to start but than a 10 mile decent.
Up and down like this until last 43 miles where it mostly descends until one last big uphill at the mile marker. I will go back again. Husband said he would love to get electric bikes and do it. Took our tent and camped were we could. We came to Sioux Falls specifically to ride the trails and they were absolutely delightful.
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There's a nice mix of urban and suburban cycling here. It's possible to get just about everywhere by bike. Many intersections include wide, well lit underpasses. Solid system. Five stars. The city of Sioux Falls has created a wonderful biking experience for its residents and visitors! We road in October and could not have more pleased with the ever changing scenery and smooth trail surface.
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Road bikes work the entire 26 miles with very few cross roads to contend with. The trail passes through several city parks and South Dakotans enjoy the outdoors! Sioux Falls has many interesting restaurants and Airbnbs to add enjoyment to your visit. TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy a non-profit and we need your support! Log in Register. Search trails Close. South Dakota Hiking Trails and Maps. Looking for the best Hiking trails around South Dakota? Go to:. Map Search. Aberdeen, SD. Map view. Sort by. Relevance Name Length Most Popular.
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