Hiking The Mickelson Trail
The 4th most popular hiking trail in South Dakota.
Tuesday 16 August 2016 03:53 GMT
Near Rapid City in the Black Hills National Forest, the George S Mickelson Trail is a 114 mile hiking trek through majestic pine covered forests past jagged cliffs on an abandoned rail grade. This wide multi-use trail has a crushed limestone surface. There are 13 major trailheads.
1. Deadwood Trailhead, Mile Post 108.8: Near the old railroad depot on Sherman Street.
2. Kirk Trailhead, Mile Post 105.3: 1/2 mile south of Lead on Hwy. 85 and 1/2 mile west.
2A. Sugarloaf Trailhead: 1 mile south of Lead on Hwy. 85. This trailhead is not on the main line, but is part of the fantail loop.
3. Englewood Trailhead, Mile Post 98.5: 6 miles west of Hwy. 385 at Brownsville, on Englewood Rd.
4. Dumont Trailhead, Mile Post 92.6: Warming shelter with woodburning stove. 8.7 miles north of Rochford.
5. Rochford Trailhead, Mile Post 82.6: Near the Rochford Fire Station.
6. Mystic Trailhead, Mile Post 74.7: 12 miles north of Hill City on Mystic Road.
7. Tracy Park Trailhead, Mile Post 60.1: In Tracy City Park in Hill City.
8. The Mountain Trailhead, Mile Post 49.6: 3 miles north of Custer on Hwy 385, just east of Heritage Village.
9. Harbach Park Trailhead, Mile Post 44.5: Harbach City Park in Custer.
10. White Elephant Trailhead, Mile Post 35.7: 3.6 miles north of Pringle Trailhead, along Hwy. 385 (no toilets or tables).
11. Pringle Trailhead, Mile Post 32.1: West side of Hwy. 385 near the Pringle Fire Station.
12.Minnekahta Trailhead, Mile Post 16.2: 1/2 mile east of the Jct. of Hwys. 18 and 89.
13. Edgemont Trailhead, Mile Post 0.0: South end of Main Street.
Overall, Mickelson Trail is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 10 hikes in South Dakota. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Mickelson Trail including Centennial Trail, Sundance Trail System, Norbeck - Grizzly Creek Loop, Deerfield Trail, Little Spearfish / Rimrock Trails and Old Baldy TrailEagle Cliff Trails.