Mickelson Trail Horseback Riding

The 3rd most popular equestrian trail in South Dakota.

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Near Rapid City in the Black Hills National Forest, the George S Mickelson Trail is a 114 mile horseback ride through majestic pine covered forests past jagged cliffs on an abandoned rail grade. This wide multi-use trail open to horseback riding 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 3rd most popular horse trail of all 17 horseback rides in South Dakota. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Mickelson Trail including Centential Trail, Centennial Trail, Big Hill Trails, Eagle Cliff Trails, Old Baldy Trail and Deerfield TrailLittle Spearfish / Rimrock Trails.

Mickelson Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  Mickelson Trail Info (605) 773-3391; BHNF (605) 673-9200; SD Tourism (800) 732-5682.

Best Season:  May - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Bismark Lake CG; Plenty Star Ranch Campground (605) 673-3012

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

Breakfast Restaurant:  Sylvan Lake Lodge

Reference Source:  click here https://gfp.sd.gov/

GPS:  43.766337, -103.595109

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  8/10/2016

ID:  14024

Mickelson Trail Horseback Riding Map


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