“A popular family ride or a quickie for the time-constrained.”
— Adrian Whitmore on May 1, 2013
OverviewA quick, short ride for beginners, or a good fitness loop for intermediate and expert riders. It's fairly close to town with great parking.
DescriptionThis trail is an XC ski trail in the winter. During the rest of the year, it seems to find a niche with beginners and family rides. It has been used for snow biking in the winter.
Starting from the Reuter Parking lot, head west onto the trail. It uses contours heading up to the connection of the XC ski trail. This trail is predominately doubletrack. It gently climbs until it rounds a corner where two roads intersect.
Skip the 1st left and instead, take the right and then take the 2nd left. You'll be on a Forest Service road.
Head west 50 yards and you'll come to a gate. Go left around the gate, and descend the trail onto another decommissioned forest service road. You'll see a road to your right - skip it, because you'll come up that way.
Continue to the right and follow the road as it continues to climb without too much difficulty. You'll come to a section with a large 3-4 inch rock bed placed by loggers in the past, which is actually better than the sand that used to be there. It tops out and then descends a short bit.
Two trails intersect here. Trail G - Carson Draw Spur 2 and Trail D - Carson Cut-Across.
Continue to follow the trail - it will descend through singletrack and you'll see a landowner permission sign. The landowner has granted permission to use the trail, please stay on trial for our continued access.
The trail becomes singletrack at this point and descends into an access road on the owner's property, turn immediately left to ascend the two track road and continue climbing until you come out at the turn you originally spotted when you entered through the gate. Climb back to the gate and return to the parking lot the way you came.
This trail can be done in under an hour, and it's equally good in the opposite direction.
Things to watch out for: Equestrians, elk, deer, mountain lions, and sandy sections.
ContactsLand Manager: USFS - Black Hills National Forest Office
Sundance Chain Gang MTB Association
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