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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +546/ -534 ft
Total: 13 riders

Mountain Biking Little Elk Creek Canyon

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#26 of 44 mountain bike trails in South Dakota
#6,190 in the world

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.

First added by Aaron Todd on Mar 27, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
I-90 Exit 44. Go to the west side of the interstate and then north approx. 1/2 mile. Left on Little Elk Creek Road. Take this road a couple miles until it stops. You will be on Forest Service land at the end.

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