Deerfield Trail Ride
ElevationAscent: 164' 50 m
Descent: -734' -224 m
High: 5,168' 1,575 m
Low: 4,598' 1,401 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“A beautiful ride through grass vallies with many, many stream crossings.”— Phil H
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Need to Know
- The trailhead at the start is under represented by maps of the area, but you can get to the Slate Creek Road off of Horse Creek Road. Once you are there, there is a turn around, and space to park at this trailhead.
- It's possible to extend the ride a little and end at the Deer Creek Trailhead near Highway 385.
There was downed timber in a few areas that needed to be ridden around. A section in the middle is un-rideable. You have to hike-a-bike.The valley gets cliffed-out on both sides, and the trail gets rocky, and wet. There are also multiple stream crossings every 50' or so. The trail builders have put in some bailed rock to make a trail next to the river. A few bridges may be washed away, so crossing the river can be challenging.
Past this, it gets nice again through a pretty valley and some areas that seem almost tropical with plant growth. Towards the bottom of the trail, the stream turns into a river. Fortunately, there are larger bridges in this section. The trail comes out onto a paved road near Silver City. This is Silver City Road. After a bit, another section of singletrack cuts off the road, and will deposit you on the Jenny Gulch Road. Ride down that, and take a dip in Lake Pactola. Good times!
Land Manager: USFS - Black Hills National Forest Office