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Trail 40 (Deerfield lake trail)

Average Rating:    (4.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

The trail leads downhill.It has a little bit of everything for the experianced rider.
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Latitude
44.02226141991229
Longitude
-103.78629684448242
Trail Directions
from Hill City go to Deerfield lake ,take the Deerfield camp ground road to the right.Head down the road @ 1 mile till you see the trail cross the road,hop on and enjoy.
Trail Length
miles 10
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Hill City
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 18, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: ems ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
5/18/08 - Awesome trail!!! I'll try to be brief. First of all, Trail 40 IS the actual trail that goes around the lake. It is 22 miles long. There seems to be some confusion that this trail is only 10 miles. That trail is just a little loop that can be found on the north central part of the lake. Back to Trail 40. Again what a great trail! Has a little bit of everything. The mtbr description is incorrect. It is not 10 miles, it has a mix of single track, 4-wheel, and dirt road. But mostly single track. And I think that this is a nice challenging beginner/intermediate track. I would park at the stream on the west part of the lake, and bring your fishing pole! Trout, Trout and more Trout! I would say going counter-clockwise would be best, but it doesn't really matter. Also, the forest service is doing some stuff and they did not clean up anything so the part of the trail has trees and stuff on it, that sucks... Also, there is a bald eagle refuge so you might see some eagles! Nice trail, mostly dirt, few rocks! Rare find in the black hills. The trail goes up and down, with manageable uphill and downhill. Again Great Trail!!! Highly recommended.

Recommended Route:
going clockwise might thinks easier, but doesn't really matter. I would start on the west side of the lake at the stream. Then when you are done you can go trout fishing!



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Review Date
July 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 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:
Started at the Deerfield Resort (Where I was staying and rode west on the trail head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any Centennial Trail, the Mick Trail if you have your wife and kids along, and Boneyard.



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Review Date
July 6, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tim Wegner , from Apple Valley, MN.

Summary:
This trail has a mix of singletrack, fireroads, watercrossings and some great fun downhill sections. There are some areas of climbing but all very rideable. There are three or four water crossings after you split off of the Deerfield Lake Loop trail that can be a bit challenging. Only one of them is unrideable only because the approach is a steep downhill with a 90 degree turn just before you get to the water. This trail will be a "mudfest" after a rain but there is a stream where you can wash your bike off at the trail end. Try it you will like it.

Recommended Route:
Start on the Deerfield Lake Looop trail but at the third water crossing look for the brown fiberglass trail sign that has trail 40 printed on it. You can make this a point to point ride if you park another car at the trail end on the gravel road that leads to the ghost town of Mystic.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rockerville race course, Rim Rock trail, Centinial trail



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Review Date
July 3, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tim Wegner , from Apple Valley, MN

Summary:
This is a point to point ride unless you want to turn around and ride back up. It ends about 2 miles south of the ghost town of Mystic. I have ridden this trail 8-10 times over the past 5 years and have enjoyed every ride. It can get muddy after a rain or hail storm, but there is a stream at the end of the ride to wash your bike. The downhills are great, the uphills are all climbable, and the water crossings are shallow enough to ride through. The trail is well marked with the brown fiberglass poles and have trail40 printed on them. The only place you might get confused is after the first water crossing you have to go right not left. Do not go up the hill, go down the hill. At the third water crossing go right and from this point on DO NOT follow the lake loop. Look for the signs and you will not get lost. The trail can continue on all the way to Silver City and Lake Pactolla reservoir. This will add about 14 miles on to your ride with about 25 more water crossings that usually are not rideable(read 3-5 feet deep. If you end up in Silver City stop at Happy Trails cabins and store and meet Rita and Tally Chapman. Both are former national champion bike riders and are living a quiet life in Silver City. I rode with Tally and Rita last year and Tally's idea of a short ride is anything under 40 miles of climbing. Ride the trail enjoy and let others know of the beauty of this area!

Recommended Route:
Follow the directions from Royce.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pah-Hah-Sapa, Centenial.



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Review Date
June 28, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: royce volker , from onida,sd

Summary:
Well this trail if quit typical of the trails i the area,"It Rocks"! Plenty of climbing,plenty of fast downhill.The trail lacks some of the highly technical riding of the Centenial trail,which makes it a great place to take along a bob trailer.I've only riden it once but you can bet I'll be back soon.I onle rode it to where it hooks up the the Mickelson,but I'm sure shes great all the way to the east.

Recommended Route:
get on the trail when you see it cross the road to the trailhead,if you get no there you miss some of the best downhill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mickelson,Centenial,Pah-ha-Sapa



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