SD: Over 500 Riders Take Part in Mickelson Trail Trek

LEAD, S.D. – Despite a short period of rain, the 14th annual
Mickelson Trail Trek was a success.

“The ride went well, everyone had a great time and will have
stories to tell about bicycling in a beautiful area with great
people,” said Dana Garry, Mickelson Trail manager. “We were excited
to have 511 riders, of which 13 were returning for their 14th

This year’s event, held Sept. 16-18, brought people to the Black
Hills from 24 states and Canada. Over the three days, trekkers rode
past scenic Sheep Canyon, Crazy Horse Monument, across the Freedom
Bridge south of Mystic and rode into Lead/Deadwood on the final leg
of the trail.

“The beautiful Black Hills scenery and fall colors help attract
riders each year along with the good food and new friends that are
made,” said Garry.

Staff from the South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation,
along with many volunteers, worked hard to pull this year’s Trail
Trek together, Garry said. She also wanted to especially
acknowledge and thank the volunteers and town Chambers of Commerce
that greeted the trekkers with water, snacks, ice cream and meals
along the way.

The annual ride is held the third weekend of September, with the
2012 Trail Trek scheduled for Sept. 14-16. Online registration
should be available in December, and Garry encourages riders to
sign up as early as possible to ensure a spot in the ride. The trek
is limited to 600 riders.

For more information on the Mickelson Trail, visit or contact the Black Hills Trails office at


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