7th Cavalry Trails

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Experience

The climb varies based on your access points from moderate to strenuous. There are multiple views of Bear Butte, birds eye overlooks of Fort Meade, BLM land, Black Hills National Cemetery, and the City of Sturgis. The trail consists of open grasslands, wooded areas, and a stream. Watch out for grazing cows and their droppings in the summer! Special Note: The 7th Cavalry system was the first trail system the Black Hills Trail’s nonprofit developed in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management. Well over 1200 volunteer hours went into helping establish this system.

Directions

Four different access points on the eastern edges of Sturgis and just off I-90.

Trailheads are at the Alkali Creek Campground, Alkali Creek Horse Camp, or just east of Fort Meade the Fort Meade Trailhead, Lions Club Park in Sturgis, or on Old Stone Road near the Believers Fellowship church, just northeast of I-90 exit 32 on the southern end of town. The trail system is undergoing re-development, which continues to improve the trails available in this area.

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6 Comments

  1. 4

    The snow was deep when we went and we weren’t wearing snowshoes. Will have to try this trail again.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3
    Gender: Female
    Trail: 7th Cavalry Trails

  2. 2

    Nice views!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.0
    Gender: Female
    Trail: 7th Cavalry Trails

  3. 3

    🙂

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 6
    Gender: Female
    Trail: 7th Cavalry Trails

  4. 2

    Snow, slush, ice, mud but what views!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 11
    Gender: Female
    Trail: 7th Cavalry Trails

  5. 4

    We hiked from Ft. Mead trailhead through the hills to Alkali Creek trailhead. The Centennial is well marked and fairly easy to follow even in the snow. There was still a lot of deep snow back in there as of early April. Great trail, the centennial goes through the more wooded/hilly parts of the 7th Cavalry trails area.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5.5
    Gender: Male
    Trail: 7th Cavalry Trails

  6. 4

    Great trails and beautiful view to see the Bear Butte , Crow Peak, Sturgis town, Spearfish Canyon. Saw some old buildings. Love the history. will check the old history on internet about.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4.57
    Gender: Female
    Trail: 7th Cavalry Trails

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