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Old Baldy Trail

Average Rating:    (4.11 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

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Latitude
44.490833
Longitude
-103.858889
Trail Directions
Stop at the 2 wheeler dealer in Spearfish for good directions
Trail Length
6 mile loop
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Spearfish
   


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Review Date
July 19, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ems ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode it counterclockwise, opened with a nice long downhill, loose rock was fun, but the twigs and branches were annoying. 1st the trail is not ridden that often, from what I could tell... and it also not maintained from all the debris on the trail... ended up snapping my rear derailleur and was not able to ride 50% of the remaining main loop, I'm guessing a branch got caught in my spokes and torqued my derailleur... anyways... that sucked. I would only ride this trail, IF you happen to be in the area... the downhill is OK... nothing special...

Recommended Route:
Counterclockwise, lots of spurs to opt on, so that's always fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
any trail closer to rapid city (if you live or are staying in rapid city.... storm mtn. or M-hill park to name a few.



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Review Date
July 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: permnation ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
really fun trail. if you are in the area give it a try. fast dowhills and one long climb to get back to the trailhead. views on old baldy are great.

Recommended Route:
clockwise



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Review Date
June 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ronjones ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great single track loop. You'll be mostly in trees but there are some meadows. Take the time to go to the top of Old Baldy for a good view.

The trail head is pretty easy to find. The trail is marked as Trail 66 on the Black Hills National Forest map. If you're coming from Spearfish, get on Utah Blvd by Wal-mart and head west for about 1.5 miles. Take a left on McGuigan Rd and that will turn into Forest Service road 134. It's about 10-15 miles of gravel and the trail head is on the right. If you're coming from a different direction, look at your forest service map.

Recommended Route:
Counter-clockwise seems to be the best route around the loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Little Spearfish Creek (Trail 80 on FS map) right by the Timon campground.

Eagle Cliff cross country ski area (Trail 68 on FS map) on US 85.

Crow Peak if you really want to take a beating.



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Review Date
July 29, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Brandon , from Rochester, MN

Summary:
This is a nice ride set in the spectacular Black Hills. The trail itself was of intermediate difficulty but very well "designed" with interesting terrain, good speed, and good scenery.
I was a bit surprised by the lack of panoramic views given the trails name (I did not have time to hike to the top of Old Baldy) but I was not disappointed. The drive to the trailhead up Spearfish canyon was spectacular.
This ride wet my appetite for more Black Hills riding. After talking to locals it sounds like great riding is all over the place and goes well beyond the reviews on this site and those by biking mags in recent years.



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Review Date
September 23, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Brandon , from Sturgis, SD

Summary:
What a great ride, some of the most technical riding in the Black Hills. There is cattle in the area and watch out for the "Bovine Land Mines", they get a little slippery. The scenery is outstanding, there are some pictures posted in the communities section of MSN in the community named "cyclists" actually there are pics from this trail, Alkali, and The Mickelson Trail. The pics were taken Thursday Sept 20, 2001. You can get directions to the trailhead at 2-wheeler dealer in Spearfish, however it isn't hard to find it's about 15 miles out of town.

Recommended Route:
The trail loops and I would recommend the east loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alkali Creek, Centennial Trail



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