Trek through the Black Hills

Trek through the Black Hills Some say the best way to enjoy the Black Hills is on a bicycle. The fifth annual Mickelson Trail Trek Sept. 20-22 is the perfect opportunity to go for the ride of a lifetime.

The event features a 109-mile organized bike ride (spread out over three days) through the heart of the Black Hills National Forest, including the communities of Custer, Edgemont, Hill City, Rochford Lead and Deadwood.

The George S. Mickelson Trail follows the abandoned Burlington Northern rail line. The trail is suitable for riders of all ages as it slopes easily throughout the Black Hills and is readily accessible.

Registration for the trek is $125 per person and covers meals, shuttling services, bike security for Saturday night, a trail pass, a T-shirt and a commemorative souvenir. Pre-registration is required and must be submitted by Sept. 3. Riders may register online at www.mickelsontrail.com.

Friday's trek is from Custer to Edgemont (44.5 miles). The participants will leave from Custer Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m.

Saturday's bikers start in Custer at 8:30 a.m. and end in Rochford (37.9 miles).

Sunday's ride is from Roch-ford to Deadwood (25.6 miles) starting at 10 a.m.

For information, contact the Black Hills Trail Office at (605) 584-3896 or visit www.travelsd.com.

The Mickelson Trail Trek has been designated a "Great Event" by the South Dakota Department of Tourism. With that designation, the department provides assistance to event coordinators and creates and funds promotions for the event. The objective of the Department of Tourism's "Great Events" program is to boost attendance at South Dakota events and to increase economic impact in host communities.

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