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Little Elk Creek Canyon

Average Rating:    (4.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

The Trail follows a creek in bottom of a canyon. It's shown as a road on some older maps. The road has washed out (flood of '72?). The trail takes you through rock formations named "White Gate" and "Red Gate". It connects with the Centennial Trail (which is somewhat challenging in this area) and the road to Dalton Lake Campground. About three miles each way = six miles out and back. Pretty much a beginner's level trail with a short technical stretch through a rocky creek bottom area. Great fall colors. Nice "after work" ride if you live in the Rapid City or Sturgis areas. It gets you onto your bike and into the Hills quickly from I-90.
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Latitude
44.24384631410915
Longitude
-103.43318939208984
Trail Directions
I-90 Exit 44. Go to the west side of the interstate and then north approx. 1/2 mile. Left on Little Elk Creek Road. Take this road a couple miles until it stops. You will be on Forest Service land at the end.
Trail Length
6
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Piedmont
Zip/Postal Code
57769
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 27, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Aaron Todd ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Condition of the trail today was wet & snow covered in spots. Snow storm in Oct. 2013 has downed many trees along and across the trail. Only one spot right in the beginning where I had to walk bike over a fallen tree. Someone has been here and used a chain saw to cut sections of fallen trees out so you can pass on the trail.



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Review Date
April 23, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: coolmoerob ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
hey guys, this is a really sweet piece of singletrack. we use it as a warm up to the dalton lake and centennial trail. stay right at the 'y' on the way up and left on the way back down. a couple of semi-technical spots but overall just nice easy ridin through a truly beautiful canyon. hook right onto the centennial trail at dalton lake and climb up for a few miles then turn around and blast back to your car. it's awesome stuff!!



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Review Date
June 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: ronjones ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It takes a couple rides to figure out which way to go when you reach a wye in the trail. There are some dead ends.

The trail is partially single track and partially ATV-width with loose gravel and rock throughout. A short section in the middle is technical.

It's a scenic route. Do your sight-seeing on the way up so you can fly on the downhill return stretch.



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