26th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek

in United States at George S. Mickelson Trail

Registration for the 26th Mickelson Trail Trek is closed. Check out the 4th Annual Summer Trek happening June 21st-23rd, 2024. Registration is open for the Summer Trek starting November 13, 2023.

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    Participants must be 14 years of age or older.

    Online registration is closed for this category.

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Early Check-in

Early registration check-in:
Thursday, September 19, 2024
from 2:00 - 8:00 PM (Mountain Time)
Location: Mt. Rushmore Brewing Company
140 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer, SD
(Back of Building)

The Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota

South Dakota's George S. Mickelson Trail is more than just a recreation Trail; it's a trail of history.
You have the opportunity to travel the same path as General George A. Custer, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Potato Creek Johnny.

Burlington Northern built this rail line over 100 years ago to accommodate the miners who had rushed to the area to pan for gold. In 1983, rail travel ceased and this incredible trail was envisioned. After years of planning, hard work, and determination the trail became a reality.
In celebration of this reality, the third weekend in September finds hundreds of riders joining together in the Mickelson Trail Trek. This year's Trail Trek promises to be bigger and better than ever, offering something for everyone.

Riders can enjoy the beauty of the heart of the Black Hills as they travel through the scenic valleys, old railroad tunnels, and historic mining towns.

The registration fee for the 3-day ride entitles riders to full amenities during the Mickelson Trail Trek, including an annual trail pass, shuttle service, merchandise, refreshments, 3 meals and 6 snacks. Registration packets and additional ride information will be distributed either Thursday night at Early Bird Check- In or on Friday morning.

About the Trail
The Trail is a former railroad bed that has been resurfaced with crushed limestone.
Due to moisture, some parts of the trail maybe softer than others, this can make pedaling more difficult in spots.
A mountain bike is by far the bicycle of choice.
A road bike with narrow tires will not work on much of the surface.
Pedal Assist E bikes are welcome. The Mickelson Trail does not have charging stations for batteries, please plan accordingly.

Weather & Clothing
Elevations along the trail vary from a low 3,400 feet at Edgemont to a height of nearly 6,350 feet near Dumont, so temperatures will vary widely due to changes in the elevation. Also, the temperatures will probably be very cool in the mornings and evenings (25-45 degrees) and warm during the day (55-80 degrees). It is possible to have mid-afternoon rain and/ or hail storms or even snow.

Layered clothing is strongly suggested in order to accommodate the weather. Major swings in temperatures can take place in a few minutes.

Although you will have to carry all that you need, make certain you have what you need to be comfortable and safe. There is a risk of both hypothermia (low body temperature) and hyperthermia (high body temperature). There are several long upgrades and corresponding downgrades on the trail. You will sweat going up so have clothing to put on so you do not get chilled on the ride down.

It is critical to drink fluids on the ride to avoid dehydration. Bring full water containers and fill them up at every opportunity. For those riding long distances, padded bicycle shorts and gloves are recommended. Lycra tights are great for cool mornings and evenings.


OBEY ALL TRAFFIC SIGNS - People on bicycles must yield to pedestrians and everyone must yield to horses. - Stay to the right of the trail except when passing. - When stopping, announce before you stop saying "STOPPING" in a loud voice. Visually make sure those behind you hear you. - Once you stop, get yourself and your bicycle off to the RIGHT SIDE of the trail. - There may be a long line of riders. Be aware of those around you. Use caution so you are not part of a "domino" crash. - Stay on the trail and be considerate of other users. - All pets must be on leashes. - Do not disturb wildlife or farm animals along the trail. - Avoid disturbing natural resources. - Smoking is not allowed along the trail. - Please respect the landowners along the trail. We are guests in their backyards. - All trail users age 12 and older are required to have a trail pass.


Early Bird Check-in 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Location: Mt. Rushmore Brewing Company 140 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer, SD (back of building)

Driver ONLY shuttle vehicle to Edgemont
5:30 PM- 7 PM Bus leaves Edgemont to bring driver back to Custer Staggered times
(last bus leaves Edgemont @ 7:00 PM)

Check-in Location: Custer Chamber in Custer
6:30 AM
- Driver ONLY shuttle vehicle to Edgemont
- 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM Bus leaves Edgemont to shuttle driver back to Custer (last bus @ 8:15 AM)
- 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Start: Bicycle from Custer to Edgemont (44.5 miles)
- Breaks and lunch included
- Riders and bikes return to Custer

- 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Start: Bicycle from Custer to Rochford (39.5 miles)
-Bicycles stored in secured area in Rochford
-Shuttle busses return riders to Custer
-Breakfast and evening meal on your own
-Breaks and lunch included

-Riders drive to Deadwood Trailhead
-7:00 AM-9:00 AM Shuttle buses take riders to Rochford (Last bus leaves Deadwood at 9am)
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Start: Bicycle from Rochford to Deadwood (24 miles)
-Ride ends in Deadwood where participant's vehicles are parked-Lunch on your own with Deadwood certificates
-Breakfast on your own
-Breaks and lunch included

Lodging & Travel

Lodging will be the riders' responsibility. The ride starts in Custer on Friday and Saturday and in Deadwood on Sunday, so plan your lodging accordingly. For information on area hotels and attractions, contact the following Chamber of Commerce offices:

  • Spearfish 800-626-8013
  • Lead 605-580-7393
  • Deadwood 800-999-1876
  • Custer 605-673-2244
  • Hill City 605-574-2368
  • Edgemont 605-662-5900

Another option is to contact Travel South Dakota. They can provide information for all of your travel needs including hotel accommodations, camp site reservations, rental cars, airline reservations. Attractions admissions, gaming coupons and more!

For more lodging information:
visit their website at www.travelsouthdakota.com

Lodging will not be provided for any riders.


For event-related questions, please click on the Contact the Organizers button on the left-hand side of this page.

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