George S. Mickelson Trail is a 21.5 mile out and back trail located near Dumont, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.
We ran the trail from Englewood Trailhead to Kirk Trailhead this weekend in light rain. The gravel surface makes it perfect for running and walking even in wet weather, as the gravel provides a good tread surface and is not rutted by traffic during wet weather.
An absolutely beautiful trail! Intermittently came across people bike riding, hiking, walking and running on the trail. From Red Fern to Mystic, there is a 5 mile downhill 8% grade which you should account for if you are doing a round trip as it's quite a long climb! Scenery is breathtaking. You will have GPS Signal, but may not have Cell Phone Reception. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water although there are intermittent water stations. Also, make sure you wear sun screen. If you are doing the entire 109 mile trail, you should budget 12 hours of biking.
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We biked 5 miles north (and returned) of the trail from the trailhead in Hill City, South Dakota. This is one of the nicest bike/hike trails we have encountered. Although it probably bothers folks that there is a daily fee to use the trail (or you can invest in the annual pass), it's evident that the money raised is used to keep this a top notch adventure. The old railway takes you through some spectacular scenery in the Black Hills; groves of Aspens, Ponderosa Pines, Birch, and other evergreen trees. As we biked we greeted families of wild turkeys, mule deer, birds, chipmunks, and squirrels. There are bench rest areas along the way as well as water stations. We headed north so we could enjoy 'downhill on the way home." Thanks, South Dakota, for this amazing gem hidden in the valley of these beautiful Black Hills.