Fun for All Levels
An intermediate to expert mountain biker is going to love this trail, but a beginner could definitely complete it, too— just give yourself extra time or turn around if it gets too difficult. It's also a great training ride for the longer Centennial Trail—use it to connect with one of the other shorter trails on the Centennial. If you like to spot wildlife while you ride, there are plenty of elk, deer, turkey and mountains goats in the area.
The easiest way to ride this trail is to leave a car at the Alkali Trailhead in the Fort Meade Recreation Area (just east of Sturgis), then head over to the Elk Creek Trailhead. The parking area at the Elk Creek Trailhead only has room for 4-5 cars, but is rarely full. Check out this map of the entire Centennial Trail if you want to add more mileage on to your ride.
The trail has sections of steep climbing and some rock gardens to maneuver around.
Time To Complete: 3.0 hours
Plan for a couple hours, more if you are going out-and-back or adding more mileage.
Distance: 11.2 miles
This is just one section of the 111-mile Centennial Trail, so it’s definitely possible to add more mileage if you want.
Seasonality: Spring, Summer, Fall
Dog Friendly: Yes
On leash, only.