Mickelson Trial

A Hiking, Bicycling and Horseback Riding Trail through the heart of the Black Hills.
Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 after sunset.

Walk in the footsteps of the past, explore the outdoors, or simply enjoy a stroll!
Imagine a path where the ghosts of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane still roam; where bicyclists, hikers and horseback riders can explore spruce and ponderosa pine forests; and the very young, the very old and people of all abilities can enjoy.

The George S. Mickelson Trail, in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills, was completed in September of 1998. Its gentle slopes and easy access allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. Much of the trail passes through National Forest Land, but there are parts of the trail that pass through privately owned land, where trail use is restricted to the trail only.

The trail is 109 miles long and contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The trail surface is primarily crushed limestone and gravel. There are 15 trailheads, all of which offer parking, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets, and tables.

11361 Nevada Gulch Rd, Lead, SD 57754

Place Type

Parks & Monuments





Upcoming Events

Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon

Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay 26.2 Miles of Black Hills South Dakota Beauty! Marathon, Half Marathon, 5 Person Marathon Relay...

6/7 8am

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Mickelson Trial

Mickelson Trial posted a photo 3/9/2020