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No. of Reviews: 10

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Latitude
44.02294031688536
Longitude
-103.78509521484375
Trail Directions
go to deerfield lake and jump on
Trail Length
miles 10
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
deerfield
   


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Review Date
October 25, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dirtgirl ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this just a week ago and have to say that I was disappointed. The lake loops that I have ridden in other locations actually were near the lake. I found this to be a lot of prairie and double-track as opposed to the sweet single-track I was expecting. I too got lost several times as the signing was not the greatest. Don't get me wrong, I love riding the Black Hills but I think there are many other places to ride that are more beautiful and represent SD single-track better.

Recommended Route:
I rode clockwise, but don't know as that would make a great difference.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Storm Mountain, Old Baldy, Tinton trail, Little Spearfish.



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Review Date
April 16, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jonfree ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Bad news... rode this last summer and this in no way resembles a singletrack mountain bike trail. Parts are gravel road, parts are more cow trail that human, and other parts are just riding across open grasslands, with the occasional glimpse at what might have been the loop trail back in the day. It just seems like very little work has gone into maintaining this trail. It has a couple fun, short sections, but I don't think it's worth the effort, and I don't live that far away from it. Seems like there might be a couple nice spots for swimming along the trail...

Recommended Route:
I went counterclockwise, but it doesn't seem like clockwise would have made it any better.



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Review Date
September 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: WuJJ ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this trail today. I was expecting a great ride from the previous reviews but ended up quite disappointed. We rode it counter-clockwise. Parts of the trail are not well marked, and this seems to be a rarely ridden trail. My friend end I were lost three times. Forest Service has been cutting down a lot of trees in several areas and covering the trail, forcing us to spend a few minutes to find the trail again. There were also tons of fallen trees on the trail. If you are in an exploring mood, then this might be a fun ride. I think this could be a really fun trail if it were well marked and maintained.

Recommended Route:
I parked at Gold Run trailhead as it was easy to access. I think clockwise might be slightly more fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Storm Mountain



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Review Date
July 20, 2004

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: CaptianCrash ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This 10 mile loop is sweet...it has some tech, some fast rolling stuff and a few water crossings...and if you are lucky you will see a shirtless girl walking her dogs and pushing a stroller...no lie...o.k. it wasen't the best sight, but it makes for a great story to tell...there was one point after going through a gate I lost the trail, and I still don't know how I lost it...but it was easy to pick up again. There was a couple of climbs that I walked, but the pay-off is great and you always have a great view of the lake and some little neon green snakes and some deer as well. I would say it is intermediate to high intermediate because of the shape you should be in to keep this an enjoyable route...if you are not in great shape don't try to tackle the whole loop...It took just under 2 hours with a couple of rest stops to soak in the beauty.

Recommended Route:
From the Deerfield resort get on the trail and head west that saves the best for last

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mick, Boneyard, Centennial



Comments
ems (05/18/2008)
that 10 mile loop your referring to is NOT the loop that goes around the lake. That 10 mile loop can be found on the north central part of the lake... I forgot what area that is called, but the trail head is in the same area where people launch boats. The loop that goes around the lake is 22 miles! Just wanted to make people aware of that!
ems (05/19/2008)
*** I am sorry I think is was confused about the trail system up there... The loop around the lake might be 10 miles. I have only done 1/2 of it. But I don't know for sure. I was told by a local that the entire trail was 22 miles.... Maybe that includes the entire trail system.
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Review Date
January 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Royce , from Onida,SD

Summary:
I have ridden this trail both directions and i like to go counterclockwise,because of the long downhill to the lake.It is as good a singletrack as you can get in the area.The reason i ride this trail is that the temp up here is much cooler than down in rapid city.So if your in rapid city ,its hotter than hell and you want to go on a ride close to town than this is it.

Recommended Route:
take hwy 16(mount rushmore road) out of rapid city,go to hill city.take hwy 385 north towards deerfield lake.turn at the national forest campground road.The ftrail cuts across the road about a mile ahead,youll see the signs.park along the road and jump on.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
40,it hooks on to 40L and takes you down to mystic,great ride,centennial.



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