Mickelson Trail

Distance: 109m. one way | Climb: varies | Surface: gravel

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Trail Addict Rating: 4 24 ratings

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Experience

The Mickelson Trail was originally the Burlington Northern line that took trains from Edgemont, SD to the northern Black Hills and the gold mines of Deadwood area. The trail traverses the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. The track built originally in 9 months and 22 days, was abandoned in 1983. A group of outdoor enthusiasts recognized the trails potential, and with support of the then Governor Mickelson, it became the states’ first rails to trails project.

Directions

  • I-90 to Exit 44
  • Take Chimney Canyon Rd to the West
  • Turn right on Sturgis Rd toward Sturgis
  • Turn left onto Little Elk Creek Road. Follow until road ends.
  • Parking is available. No bathrooms.

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24 Comments

  1. 5

    This is a great trail for beginners & families. We did the trail weekly from January through April, so we got to hike, snowshoe, cross country ski, and bike ride! The trailheads and trail are very well marked and maintained.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 109
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Deadwood & Kirk + MT-The Mountains & Harbach Park + MT-Harbach Park & White Elephant + MT-White Elephant & Pringle + MT-Pringle & Minnekahta + MT-Minnekahta & Edgmont + MT-Kirk & Lead + MT-Lead & Sugarloaf + MT-Sugarloaf & Englewood + MT-Englewood & Dumont + MT-Dumont & Rochford + MT-Rochford & Mystic + MT-Mystic & Burlington Northern Hill City + MT-Burlington Northern Hill City & The Mountains

  2. 5

    Good trail for year-round activities: hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Good for beginners, families, and leashed dogs.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 109
    Gender: Male
    Trail: MT-Deadwood & Kirk + MT-Kirk & Lead + MT-Lead & Sugarloaf + MT-Sugarloaf & Englewood + MT-Englewood & Dumont + MT-Dumont & Rochford + MT-Rochford & Mystic + MT-Mystic & Burlington Northern Hill City + MT-Burlington Northern Hill City & The Mountains + MT-The Mountains & Harbach Park + MT-Harbach Park & White Elephant + MT-White Elephant & Pringle + MT-Pringle & Minnekahta + MT-Minnekahta & Edgmont

  3. 5

    Good Trail. Well Maintained

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.5
    Gender: Male
    Trail: MT-Mystic & Burlington Northern Hill City

  4. 5

    Uphill from Mystic. Well Maintained

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 8.2
    Gender: Male
    Trail: MT-Mystic & Burlington Northern Hill City

  5. 5

    Well Maintained Trail

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 6.8
    Gender: Male
    Trail: MT-Mystic & Burlington Northern Hill City

  6. 5

    Well Maintained trail.

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 13.5
    Gender: Male
    Trail: MT-Mystic & Burlington Northern Hill City

  7. 4

    Level trail – easy walk with good views of Crazy Horse Memorial

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 14
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-The Mountains & Harbach Park + MT-Mystic & Burlington Northern Hill City

  8. 3

    easy trail

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 12
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Lead & Sugarloaf + MT-Englewood & Dumont

  9. 4

    nice trail – nice day hike

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 12
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Mystic & Burlington Northern Hill City

  10. 5

    July 2. 2017 -Road the trail early morning to beat the heat, while my husband continued on to Stockade Lake to fish while I biked. Trail was in great condition.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Mountain Biking
    Miles completed: 15
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Burlington Northern Hill City & The Mountains

  11. 5

    Flat tire

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Mountain Biking
    Miles completed: 5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Rochford & Mystic

  12. 3

    Participated in the Mission 22, Veteran Suicide Awareness Hike. Very smokey outside and it got worse the farther North you went.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 15
    Gender: Male
    Trail: MT-Burlington Northern Hill City & The Mountains

  13. 4

    Very easy portion and beautiful in the Fall.

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    Trail completion status: Completed again
    How: Mountain Biking
    Miles completed: 10
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Mystic & Burlington Northern Hill City

  14. 4

    Ran the Deadwood 1/2 marathon. It’s a great section of the trail with beautiful scenery to help finish the race.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Trail Running
    Miles completed: 13.1
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Deadwood & Kirk + MT-Englewood & Dumont

  15. 3

    Snowshoeing 1/1/18

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Englewood & Dumont

  16. 2

    1/7/18 Trail snow packed but great to get outside!

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 6
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Burlington Northern Hill City & The Mountains

  17. 5

    Jan 1, 2018 – Did the 1st Day Snowshoe Hike thatthe SDGFP sponsored.. Started at Englewood and shoed north towards Sugarloaf. WArm day, 30s during the frigid cold snap, a inversion of temps as RC was in the single digits. Sky was clear & snow perfect to shoe on.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 2.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Sugarloaf & Englewood

  18. 5

    Sent 15-17,2017. Bike the Mickelson Trail Trek fo rote first time, and what an awesome experience. Even though the temps were in the 30-40s all weekend.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Mountain Biking
    Miles completed: 109
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Deadwood & Kirk + MT-The Mountains & Harbach Park + MT-Harbach Park & White Elephant + MT-White Elephant & Pringle + MT-Pringle & Minnekahta + MT-Minnekahta & Edgmont + MT-Kirk & Lead + MT-Lead & Sugarloaf + MT-Sugarloaf & Englewood + MT-Englewood & Dumont + MT-Dumont & Rochford + MT-Rochford & Mystic + MT-Mystic & Burlington Northern Hill City + MT-Burlington Northern Hill City & The Mountains

  19. 5

    Great overnight backpacking trip with my fiance and brother. Beautiful secluded section of the Black Hills to discover.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Rochford & Mystic

  20. 4

    Mickelson is alway a nice hike no matter which part you take.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Rochford & Mystic

  21. 4

    Some day I hope to get all of this trail covered. Much better biking trail than hiking trail.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Mountain Biking
    Miles completed: 22
    Gender: Male
    Trail: MT-Rochford & Mystic + MT-Burlington Northern Hill City & The Mountains

  22. 5

    Walked north of the trailhead. Beautiful area.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 4.5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Englewood & Dumont

  23. 3

    This is actually for the wind cave canyon trail. Pretty trail. Really easy. Just have to be aware of buffalo.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 3.8
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-White Elephant & Pringle

  24. 3

    I did part of the Mickelson Trailduring the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon, which was a fun event. The trail itself is very mellow: Level, wide and well-maintained. I’ve hiked several other sections since and found them all to be enjoyable but not especially challenging or remarkable. I mostly utilize it in small sections while connecting other trails.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 29.2
    Gender: Female
    Trail: MT-Deadwood & Kirk + MT-Kirk & Lead + MT-Lead & Sugarloaf + MT-Sugarloaf & Englewood + MT-Englewood & Dumont + MT-Mystic & Burlington Northern Hill City + MT-Burlington Northern Hill City & The Mountains

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