Little Elk Creek Canyon

2.50 out of 5
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↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 1,800 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
The Trail follows a creek in bottom of a canyon. It's shown as a road on some older maps. The road has washed out (flood of '72?). The trail takes you through rock formations named "White Gate" and "Red Gate". It connects with the Centennial Trail (which is somewhat challenging in this area) and the road to Dalton Lake Campground. About three miles each way = six miles out and back. Pretty much a beginner's level trail with a short technical stretch through a rocky creek bottom area. Great fall colors. Nice "after work" ride if you live in the Rapid City or Sturgis areas. It gets you onto your bike and into the Hills quickly from I-90.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (59 total check-ins)
  Aaron Todd   on Jun 23, 2019
  Aaron Todd   on Jun 23, 2019
  Aaron Todd   on Dec 29, 2018
  Aaron Todd   on Dec 2, 2018
  Aaron Todd   on Oct 14, 2018
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Reviews (2)


July 17, 2015
Review: Beautiful trail along the creek, but inconsistent for riding. It starts out as an easy, wide, gravel path, but it has a bunch of sections where it's too rocky to ride over. There are also some scary parts where you're riding along the edge of a cliff on a narrow trail with some washed out spots. It was hard to keep a consistent pace because of the changing trail, but it really was gorgeous.

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April 8, 2015
Troy Kruse Granny Gear  
Review: Short out and back trail that follows a creek bed up to Dalton Lake which accesses the Centenial Trail. A neat trail in to see the changing colors in the fall.

Little Elk Creek Canyon MTB Trail 2.50 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.
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