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the route i described is probably not the most common, but we found it despite the lack of map and rather poor directions from acme bikes over the phone, but hey, at least they turned us on to this place. this is a pretty technical singletrack with rocks and tight switchbacks, some kinda steep, through the pine forest. it was cleanable, but we only did a small portion (maybe 1-2 miles) of it before we had to leave. we can't wait to get back to sd to explore more of this trail. it's probably easier to find if the seasonal gates are open and you can drive further in.
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Latitude
44.08715347516117
Longitude
-103.42761039733887
Trail Directions
on HWY 44 west of Rapid City between Hisega and Johnson Siding turn onto a street called Community Hall Rd. The rd only comes off the hwy in 1 direction, i think maybe north. Follow this dirt rd about 1/4 mile and turn rt on the 1st rd. if you get to the seasonal gates you've gone too far. (they were closed on 5/3/03) it goes up steeply and a high-clearance vehicle is desirable. bear right at the 1st fork, left at the second fork, right at the 3rd and 4th forks. we parked at the 2nd fork and rode from here. about 1/4- 1/2 mile down look for a single track off on your right. it is not marked and hard to see, but there are some thin but long logs marking it's outline as it dumps onto the road you're on. you may have to look back to see it. we missed it going out and found it at the super steep, loose, and unrideable 4wd road that goes up to some cool rocky cliffs about a mile or so down that rd. we walked up it and found the single track cutting across at the top, and took the single track down, but it went in both directions.
Trail Length
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Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 18, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ronjones ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'm not sure if the writer of the trail description above ever found the actual Bone Collector (also known as the Bone Yard or Bone Crusher) trail so I would ignore the above directions and trail info.

The trail will be marked will animal bones for most of the ride. This is a really fun and technical ride and you will encounter obstacles beyond description in this review. It isn't a long trail--probably only a couple miles, but it is one of the best anywhere.

The best way to get to the trail (when seasonal gates are open--most of the summer) is from SD 44: turn north on Community Hall Road (not a great road but passable in a car) which is between Hisega and Johnson Siding. Go about two miles until there is a pit/dugout on the right (east) side of the road. Park just past this. Ride your bike a 1/2 or so up the road and turn left (west) on a grassy two track and cross a barb wire gate. The entrance to the Bone Collector is just past the gate on the left and is marked by a cow skull and cross bones attached to a tree.

Toward the south end of the trail, you will have the option of veering off down a hill. I believe this goes down into the canyon to where Chad in an older review described alternate parking, though I have yet to go this way. If you continue to the left instead of taking this spur, you will soon end up back at your car.

There is great riding around this area from the "Rimrock Trail" to the "Quarry" area to Norris Peak. Park in the same spot and head east. Nothing is officially marked so do some exploring--you'll find something new every time. It appears that a thinning/logging project is going to occur in the area in the future so get out and explore this area now. It will be interesting to see what's intact after the thinning.

Recommended Route:
See "Review Summary" above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
See "Review Summary" above.



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Review Date
August 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: chad davis ,  Weekend Warrior , from sturgis, SD USA

Summary:
This trial was introduced to me as "The Bone Collector" so it is obvious that multiple names abound. Do not be scared off by the name but this trail has the potential of sending one to an orthopedic surgeon ... bones of area animals are used as marking devices - hence the name.
Alternative parking is up CR T238 (take a right at Rim Rock E. Free Church) about ½ mile - just before the switch backs. It is an open area on a sweeping right hand corner. Follow the two-track up the hill and look for a spinal column marking the trails beginning. At this parking area the loop is 5.9 miles.
The first section is an extended uphill section followed by the loop on top of the ridge, the Norris Peak area. The whole trail is very rocky and demanding but absolutely wonderful. Enjoy with a friend or too.



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