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Become part of a community that works in many different ways to support and enhance mountain biking in the Black Hills.

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The Black Hills Mountain Bike Association is a group of mountain bikers of all ages and abilities who encourage you to enjoy biking in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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Participating in BHMBA rides and races is a fun way to become a better biker, develop your technical skills, and discover new places to ride.

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BHMBA sponsors many local rides and races, including the annual Black Hills Fat Tire Festival. Activities and social events for bikers of all ages and abilities.

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Trail building, stewardship and advocacy is a part of what we do. Help us create and maintain great biking experiences for local and visiting bikers.

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The Black Hills offers some of the nation's best mountain biking, with miles of scenic trails for bikers of all experience levels. BHMBA supports biking tourism in South Dakota.

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Mountain biking is a great way to increase physical fitness and the technical challenges give your brain a workout too. Join BHMBA and let the good times roll!

Trails

 A wide variety of trails, bike paths and even a dirt jump park are available in the Black Hills.  Below are some great mountain biking experiences that the area has to offer

       Alkali Creek Trail (Black Hills)

 For maps and more information on Black Hills trails, visit www.pahasapatrails.com

Alkali Creek Trail   (Black Hills)

Total Length: 18.92 miles

Elevation Change: 3832 ft / 1053 ft

Minimum Elevation: 4121 ft

Maximum Elevation: 4720 ft

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Directions: From Rapid City, go west on I-90, take exit 34 near Black Hills National Cemetery, turn right (or north) and follow the road for about 1 mile. Large turnout area.

Map and Information: http://www.pahasapatrails.com/alkali.html

Bone Collector Trail   (Black Hills)

Total Length: 10 miles

Difficulty:  Intermediate to Advanced

Directions: Take Highway 44 west of Rapid City. After Hisega but before Johnson Siding, turn right on Log Porch Road, drive about a quarter of mile back on the dirt road to a closed gate.  (Private home located here, be careful where you park.) From the gate, bike about 1¾ miles up the dirt road.  You’ll pass a pond on the right.  A third mile from the pond, turn left on a small singletrack trail marked with an orange trail marker.  Pass through barbed-wire gate (be sure to close), take a left at the Y in the trail – when you see the bones tacked on a tree, that’s the start of the Bone Collector.

Other Resources: article from Examiner.com on Bone Collector Trail

Buzzards Roost Trail   (Black Hills)

Total Length: 9.98 miles

Elevation Change: 2394 ft / 1053 ft

Minimum Elevation: 4121 ft

Maximum Elevation: 4720 ft

Difficulty:  Intermediate to Advanced

Directions: 4 miles west of Rapid City on Highway 44. First parking area on the left after the Black Hills National Forest sign or between Falling Rock Rd and Thunderhead Falls Rd.

Maps: Buzzards Roost Trail Map | Buzzards Roost Contour Map

Other Resources: http://www.pahasapatrails.com/buzzards.html

Centennial Trail #89   (Black Hills)

Total Length: 105.34 miles

Elevation Change: 2400 ft

Minimum Elevation: 3200 ft

Maximum Elevation: 5600 ft

Difficulty:  Intermediate to Expert

Directions: Can be accessed by many trailheads along the 100+ miles of connecting trails throughout the Black Hills.

Map and Information:  http://www.pahasapatrails.com/centennial.html

Other Resources:  Trail brochure from U.S. Forest Service

Deerfield Lake Trail #40   (Black Hills)

Total Length: 18 miles

Minimum Elevation: 4600 ft

Maximum Elevation: 6000 ft

Difficulty:  Intermediate to Advanced

Directions: Deerfield Lake to Rapid Creek and Pactola Reservoir

Other Resources: Trail information at Gorp.com

Deerfield Lake Loop Trail #40L   (Black Hills)

Total Length: 11.65 miles

Elevation Change: 1713 ft

Minimum Elevation: 5837 ft

Maximum Elevation: 6293 ft

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Map and Information: http://www.pahasapatrails.com/lake_loop_40l.html

Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park Trail Network
 
(Rapid City)

Total Length: 9.62 miles

Elevation Change: 920 ft / 2182 ft

Minimum Elevation: 3283 ft

Maximum Elevation: 3877 ft

Difficulty: Trails for all skill levels

Directions: This trail is directly north of Skyline Drive. Parking at Founders Park on Omaha or turn north onto 12th St (near the Executive Golf Course), continue across bridge, which becomes Founder’s Park Dr. Parking lot on left side.

Maps: Updated Trail Map3D Trail Map | 3D Map with New & Proposed Trails

Other Resources: HLMP website

Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway   (Rapid City)

Total Length: 12 miles

Elevation Change: 412 ft

Minimum Elevation: 3175 ft

Maximum Elevation: 3418 ft

Difficulty:  Easy

Directions:  Access the trail in various locations in Rapid City along the path. See map for details. Access at major parks include: Canyon Lake, Sioux Park, Founder’s Park, Memorial Park, Roosevelt Park, Central States Fairgrounds, and Star of the West.

Map and Information: http://www.pahasapatrails.com/rapidcity.html

Other Resources: Trail Map/Information from Rapid City CVB (.pdf)

Mickelson Trail   (Black Hills)

Total Length: 112.83 miles

Elevation Change: 2800 ft

Minimum Elevation: 3400 ft

Maximum Elevation: 6200 ft

Difficulty:  Trails for all skill levels

Directions:  Official trailhead begins in Edgemont, SD. Trailheads are found continuously along this trail which ends in Deadwood, SD.

Map and Information: http://www.pahasapatrails.com/mickelson.html

Other Resources: Trail information from the Game, Fish & Parks Dept. website

Norbeck Wildlife Preserve/Black Elk Wilderness Area   (Black Hills)

Total Length: 55.89 miles

Map and Information: http://www.pahasapatrails.com/norbeck_black_elk.html

Other Resources: Information from the U.S. Forest Service

Rapid City Dirt Jump Park   (Rapid City)

Total Length: 3-6 miles

Difficulty:  Something here for all skill levels

Directions:  Rapid City's Dirt Jump Park is located at the intersection of Omaha and Mountain View Streets, just north of Rapid Creek. The City partnered with the Black Hills Mountain Bike Association in 2009 to construct the jump park. It is maintained by the Mountain Bike Association but remains a city park which is open to the public.

Skyline Drive Trail   (Rapid City)

Total Length: 3-6 miles

Elevation Change: 568 ft

Minimum Elevation: 3286 ft

Maximum Elevation: 3854 ft

Difficulty:  Advanced

Directions:  Main entrance: Take Quincy St west to Skyline Dr and go past Dinosaur Park. Just before the first switch-back there is a pullout on the east side of the road. The trail is just through the fence.

Storm Mountain Trail Network   (Black Hills)

Total Length: 11.61 miles

Elevation Change: 2435 ft / 2221 ft

Minimum Elevation: 4383 ft

Maximum Elevation: 4933 ft

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Directions: Take Hwy 16 south out of Rapid City 11.3 miles. Turn right onto Silver Mountain Rd. Go 0.15 miles to the Flume Trial (Coon Hollow) Parking lot on the right. The trail starts here.

Map and Information: http://www.pahasapatrails.com/storm.html

Terry Peak   (Ski Mountain Near Lead, SD)

Total Length: varying trails, rides and races made available by Terry Peak Ski Area on specific weekends/dates in the summer.

Difficulty:  Intermediate to Advanced

Directions: From Rapid City, go west on I-90, take exit 34 near Black Hills National Cemetery, turn right (or north) and follow the road for about 1 mile. Large turnout area.

Other Resources: Biking Information from TerryPeak.com

Tinton Trail   (Spearfish)

Total Length: 8 miles

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Directions: In Spearfish, head west on Jackson Blvd. Follow the truck route to the P&T Saw Mill and take the first left after the mill onto a gravel road. At the fork in the road, turn right and follow this road to the cattle gate. Turn left here immediately after the gate and park. The trailhead is beside the wood fence.

Other Resources: Information from DirtWorld.com

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