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Centennial Trail

Average Rating:    (4.41 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

Ranges from intermediate to Expert single track through a range of terrain.
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Latitude
44.3827657622524
Longitude
-103.7164306640625
Trail Directions
Trailheads located along the 100+ mile trail through the Black Hills
Trail Length
100 + miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Rapid City
   


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Review Date
July 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: chipolopolo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode Centennial 7-14-09. Rode from hwy. 16 north approx. 12 miles. Found the trail needing some maintenance. The line was obscured from view by the 24" tall grass, making picking a fast line impossible due to lack of vision of the ground. Lots of roots and rocks made it slow going. It also look as though the thundershowers (almost daily) cause significant erosion making the hidden ground that much more unreliable. But the flora was amazing and an interesting line was selected. Not an expert level trail. Beginner-Intermediate



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Review Date
June 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: firedudecndn ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It looks like it's been a while since anyone reviewed this trail...
We got snowed out on the Maah Daah Hey (in june!?!) and drifted south til we found sunshine. After talking to some local riders and a very enthusiastic employee at Two Wheeler Dealer (thanks bud :)) we decided to try the Centennial.
First day it took us about 45 mins to find it because we rode on the road under I90. After bushwhacking for a while we saw a marker in the distance and hooked up with a 6 km climb. It was reasonable and rideable all the way. We stopped at the first peak and hammered back down. Second day we pushed a little farther (13 kms) to the third peak. What a blast.
All the climbing we did was fairly gentle and alot of the time the false flats made it feel like you werent really climbing at all. The switchbacks are built nice and wide (I cleaned them all on a 29er up and down) and the sight lines are open so you can really let the bike go.

Recommended Route:
We started at the Fort Meade Recreational area and rode south for 13 kms. One long climb, a roller coaster section, a downhill then 2 more climbs. Pick a gear and grind it out because the more you climb the more sweet flowy single track downhill you can rail on the way back.
We crossed a stream about 3 times but the water was low enough that it was ridable.
We consider it a viable bailout option for Maah Daah Hey if it's wet there.



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Review Date
June 27, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: davidgee ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Started at Badger Hole. This trail is brutal. Truly only for the fitest of fit and experienced riders. I ride in the midwest and typically ride "difficult trails" (by midwestern standards). The trail started out with a gradual uphill then took a roughly 45 degree upward hill covered with shale. Then the next downhill was covered with baby heads and more shale. When I arrived at the third hill I was pushing most of the way. I hopped on my ride at the top of the hill and encountered 2 buffalo about 200 feet ahead. (We don't get many Buffalo in the midwest). Scared out of my mind I charged back down the opposite side of the hill.

Recommended Route:
Only the most experienced should start at Badger Hole. I recommend all others start further south.



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Review Date
November 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Nate ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you want to talk about this trail ask me....I currently hold the record for completing this trail in 21h 45min with a good friend from Colorado, Fred (thanks for everything Fred)(We were the first people to ever totally ride all of the legal sections of this trail at one time)If you look above you will notice that I put that I ride this trail every few months that is because if you don't do it all at one time that is not riding the trail that is riding a section of the trail. But I do normally ride a section of this trail about every other week durring the season. Speaking of sections of this trail I don't want to tell you what sections to go ride because everybodys riding skill and preferance is differant from everybody elses. There are so many section to ride you could easily spend 4-5 days riding this trail and still not ride it all. Certain sections go from nasty loose rock covered trail, to steep rock inbeded trail, to open fast rolling trail, to hike a bike areas. If you can't notice there is a wide variation of trail and therefore no one section is better than the others depending on what you want to ride. If you have any question email me or stop in at Acme Bikes in Rapid City and I will be very happy to give you the low down on what you should ride and maybe even go with you if you don't mind.

Recommended Route:
My only reccomendation is come prepared especially if you want to do the whole thing and make sure if you are doing the whole thing at one time go from south to north there are less hike a bikes and more ridable sections therefore it is about 2-4hrs faster.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Other trail...o geez...how about this I will just list them and if one intrests you stop in at the best shop in town (acme Bikes) and they will let you know what it is like and where it is at and they might even go with you too.. so here they are Storm mtn. Hwy 44 trails including the bonecollector, M hill, St. Martins, Skyline, deerfield, silvercity, first thunder, nemo, Todds trails (make sure you have a guide that knows these trails or you just might die),and of course lots of sweet roadies too....



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Review Date
September 24, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: flea , from saint paul, minnesota

Summary:
I would definately stop at two wheeler bike shop in rapid city and get a national geographic contour map. Park in Sturgis at the chamber of commerce building and ride a block up the street and under the expressway to the paved road to nemo. Ride up this road and it's hills for about 7 miles toward Nemo and take a left on Forest Road 139. Ride this hilly dirt road for a few miles, the Centennial trail runs into it and shares this road for about another mile then the trail cuts off to the right and becomes technical singletrack.Don't let the first few rockie downhills bum you out, after a level section and then a climb after crossing road 139 again you are rewarded with several miles of the most wonderful downhill singletrack imagininable, with banked switchbacks and some very smooth and scenic trail. After coming out of the hills and under I90 Alkali Creek trail or adjacent gravel road back to your vehicle in Sturgis.

Recommended Route:
A round trip from sturgis into the hills on paved road, then down on forest roads and the centennial trail for a 3-4 hour ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Centennial trail from just west of legion Lake near Custer north to the Needles Highway, six miles each way for a 12 mile roundtrip. very scenic with rolling hills.



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