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George S Mickelson

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Converted railroad, mainly gravel well packed. About 100 miles long from the southern Black Hills up to Bear Butte (I think). Mainly a touristy site seeing kind of trail filled with all the beauty of the Black Hills.
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Latitude
44.05601169578525
Longitude
-100.3271484375
Trail Directions
Trailhead at Hill City 1880 Train Depot.Trailhead at Custer next to Custer Chamber of Commerce.
Trail Length
110 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Hill City/Custer/Rapid City
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Review Date
February 15, 2016

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Ross Fenner ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
My wife and I are in our late 50's - I'll be 60 this year and will be doing another ride on the magnificent George S Mickelson trail in the early Autumn of 2016.
This trip will be our 6th complete trip from Deadwood to Edgemont.
Our first ride on this beauty was in July of 2011 - we rode Deadwood to Custer day one - completed the ride into Edgemont the next day.
The following year we rode Deadwood to Hill City and back same day - about 105 miles on a tandem,
Next in 2013 we signed up for and rode The Big Mick which - that year - was from Deadwood to Hot Springs 106 miles, We completed the ride in 6 hrs 35 minutes which had us waiting for around 2 hours for the next group of cyclists to arrive. The following day we rode back to Hill City we then jumped of the trail and onto the Hwy to Sheridan Lake - about 78 miles from Hot Springs.
In 2014 my wife and I rode Deadwood to Edgemont on day one and back to Deadwood the next day - completing our first "up & back" on the Mickelson.
We have cycled all over the US on these R to T routes including a recent ride from Pittsburgh PA to Washington DC on The Great Alhegany Passage & The C & O Tow Path and have riden some VERY beautiful routes but I'd have to say that The Mick is still in the top three regarding scenery and the beautifully smooth trail conditions consistently found on this wonderful gem in The Black Hills.

Recommended Route:
For beginners that want to ride the entire route - I'd recommend splitting it up ion two - three days - Deadwood to Mtystic (day 1) - Mystic to Custer (day 2) and completing in Edgemont on Day 3.
The two day approach would put you in Hill City day 1 and completing the ride in Edgemont day 2.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hwy 16A from Hill City up through the pigtail bridges and on to The Needles Hwy to Sylvan Lake



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Review Date
June 14, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kathy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail is beautiful. We arrived on a Wednesday in between rain showers. We rode from the Dumont Trailhead to Hillcity, approximately 35 miles. The ride from Dumont to Mystic was absolutely amazing. I do question the 3-4% grade though from Mystic to the peak around Red Fern. I ended up having to walk quite a bit of this section either due to elevation or grade. I do ride a lot, but it is in Arizona, so relatively flat. Non-the-less, it was a fantastic experience. The second day was to go from Custer towards Edgemont, but strained my knee the first day so that was out.

Recommended Route:
I would recommend going south from the Dumont Trailhead towards Hill City, be prepared after Mystic for a long about 8 miles uphill climb. Well worth the work.



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Review Date
August 30, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mad cow ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great trail. Be prepared to take your time to enjoy the great scenery. There's a couple of great videos, photos, and trail descriptions at the following link:

http://web.mac.com/mpfogarty

Recommended Route:
We rode the route from Deadwood to Hill city, from Hill City to Deadwood, and again from Hill City to Edgemont. All were enjoyable days with ride times around 4-5 hours. This trail is such an enjoyable ride on a nice summer, fall, or autumn day.



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Review Date
October 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: midnightagent ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Road parts of this trail on two different trips. In July road with family from The Mountain trailhead to Hill City. Downhill 10 miles. Great way to ride for a family. Passed the Crazy Horse Monument. Hill city has a shuttle service to drop you off.

2nd trip rode from Deadwood to the summit (about two miles North of Dumont) then back to Deadwood. This trip was more of a "barn burner". Climbed 1600 feet over 15 miles, then cruised back down the giant hill. Awesome scenery, great view of Lead area, old gold mines, wild life. Saw numerous deer, one brown snake, and a large rock that had just fallen. Would love to do this one again!



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Review Date
June 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mad cow ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great trail. Ridden leisurly, the scenery is awesome. Ridden fast, it's quite a challenge, but is not technical. CX bikes are the bike of choice for this trail. Mtn bikes, and 'comfort' bikes are fine as well. There are reports that people have ridden this trail on on recumbants as well. With a little fatter tire (27-30mm wide cx or touring), a road bike will also work just fine.

I rated the trail a 3 for aerobic difficulty for those who live at lower alitiudes and drive to the Black Hills to ride the trail. The uphills consist of grades around 4%. Although not steep, the uphills can go for as long as 18 miles at a crack. Maintaining a comfortable pace, or taking an occasional break will ensure an enjoyable outing.


For a video and pictoral review of the entire trail, go to http://web.ndak.net/~fogarty

Recommended Route:
The area between Deadwood and Custer is the nicest part of the trail. ..... although Sheep Canyon near the southern end is also very beautiful. Bring some extra water. The pumps at the various stations do not always work. Some need to be reprimed occasionally.



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