May 19, 2014
This is probably my favorite ride that's not too far from Rapid City. From the parking lot, you'll see the beginning of the trail to the west. It's generally ridden in a counterclockwise direction, so keep turning right until you start heading generally north. I think the main loop is about 7 miles, with some pretty good climbs and descents. You aren't going to get into anything too technical, but the rocks can be sharp in places, so pick your line carefully, or your tires won't thank you. If the main loop doesn't give you enough downhill, head over to the southern or "Super D" section. Basically, start as you normally would, but when the trail crosses a dirt road, take a left down the road, cross the road at the T intersection and veer a bit to the left. This section of trail is shorter and starts off with a nice long climb to the top of the hill. From there, it's almost all downhill, with a few jumps thrown in (you can ride around them if that's not your thing) as well as some nice banked turns near the bottom, so just open up and let'r rip! And if danger is your middle name, there is a gravity section just across the street from the parking lot. I'm not that brave, so you're on your own there. . .