“Best of both worlds, a great climb or great descent.”
— Adrian Whitmore on May 1, 2013
DescriptionA great trail that can be ridden both ways with very impressive views of Ogden Creek and its drainage.
This trail can be accessed from its own trailhead, or from various other trails. From the trailhead you'll ride east on a two track for a short distance and then come across a wooden bridge. This bridge is used in winter for snowmobiles, and summer for all other traffic. The two track to this point allows ATV, and is motorized. Be careful of them.
After you cross the bridge to your immediate left is a non-motorized trail, the Ogden Creek trail. You'll start heading east down the drainage. There are large rocks, and loose rocks, and at the beginning you'll find an anti- ATV device placed directly in the middle of the trail.
You then continue east and cross a scree slope of large angular rocks, and begin riding through 3 upper creek crossings. Depending on snow melt in the spring and the monsoonal spring rains, these can be treacherous crossings.
You’re then descending a roller coaster of trail that brings you along the creek. Next is a grove of scrub oak and onto a large limestone overlook with great views all year long.
You'll then go around a basin. In the spring and before the tree growth, it is possible to see the multiple falls of the Ogden creek as it descends.
As you come around the corner of the other overlook, you'll begin a descent not for the faint of heart. It has high exposure, loose soil, and loose rocks.
This trail is commonly used from the south by equestrians and therefore large animals pulverize the soils. An adjustable height seat post assists the descent to a more manageable level.
It then filters into the scrub oaks and then comes to a junction where Sheepnose converges. Continue to head downhill, and you'll come to the last Ogden creek crossing. It will be dry in the summer, or flowing high and fast in the spring, depending on the spring rains or snow melt.
You'll cross the stream and head up a short steep, and then head south. You'll come across a gate and buck and rail fence. Use etiquette – open or close gate depending in you found it. Livestock likely to be present.
You'll then skirt the east base of the Bearlodge trail system, and now continue to your destination utilizing many trails that connect to the bottom.
ContactsLand Manager: USFS - Black Hills National Forest Office
Sundance Chain Gang MTB Association
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