Bear Mountain Trail For Mountain Biking

The MOST popular mountain bike trail in South Dakota.

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Near Rapid City in the Black Hills National Forest, the Bear Mountain Trail are high mountain trails (16 mi.), topping out at 7,100 feet, offer a wide range of trail difficulties, taking you up draws, along ridges, and out to spectacular overlooks offering some of the most breathtaking views in the Black Hills. The Bear Mountain ski trails wander among the picturesque pine and spruce stands along the limestone rim and plunge through draws thickly lined with aspen. The entire area is rich in wildlife. White-tailed and mule deer share the area with elk. You may glimpse sharp-tailed grouse, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, coyotes, or even an occasional mountain lion.

The trailhead is located at Medicine Mountain Boy Scout Camp, on FS 317.

Starting at Medicine Mountain Boy Scout Camp, the southernmountain bike route climbs about 1000 feet in a little over a mile to Bear Mountain, then follows the limestone rim around to Trail 25A. From here you can take Trail 25A to Grand Vista Overlook or continue along Trail 25 down a scattered aspen and pine draw to Trail 23. From this point Trail 23 travels north up Long Draw or east down Spring Creek, back to the trailhead

Overall, Bear Mountain Trail is the 1st most popular mountain bike trail of all 10 mountain biking rides in South Dakota. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Bear Mountain Trail including Carson Draw Trails, Sundance Trail System, Buzzards Roost and M Hill Bike Trails.


Local Contact(s):  Black Hills National Forest (605) 673-2251; SD Tourism (800) 732-5682; Western Spirit Tours (435) 259-8732.

Best Season:  May - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Bismark Lake CG

Luxury Loding:  Sylvan Lake Cabins (605) 255-4515; Cottonwood Lodge (605) 642-2234

Breakfast Restaurant:  Sylvan Lake Lodge

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  6/30/2016

ID:  6465


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