Skyline Drive - Trail, Downtown Rapid City, Dakota

Skyline Drive - Trail, Downtown Rapid City, Dakota

DESCRIPTION

Nice technical single track less than a mile from downtown. There are many spurs to this trail as it winds through a fairly small overall area. There are some steep climbs and technical areas with some nice short fast downhills mixed in. Trail building/maintenance continues. Great little area very very close to town

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[Mar 23, 2009]
suzukigsx212
Weekend Warrior

The reviews for this trail are very outdated or the people writing them didn't know what they were talking about. For starters the trail is marked in several places, and is very well developed, or it has been in the two years since the last review was written. There is a plethora of trails in a very small area, each of which seems to offer something different for each grade of rider. I think its a great group of trails for any skill level, just be sure to watch out for walkers because there is a lot of them on nice days.

Customer Service

There is also another way to access the trail that i did not see mentioned above, if you take Sheridan Lake Rd. to W. Flormann, follow the road past the cemetery all the way to the last street on the right called Cerro Ct. The trail head is at the top of the cul de sac. If this was shown above i apologize but i did not see it while reading through.

Similar Products Used:

M Hill, St. Martins

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RATING
5
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3
[Apr 28, 2007]
Mountainbikextremist
Weekend Warrior

Mostly poorly developed trails in my opinion. For someone only looking for sheer milage and a good workout, I guess Skyline can provide that. I dont find the trails there to be rewarding in the least. They can be quite herky jerky without any flow. There are too many trails that have been built creating a huge maze with trails paralleling each other. If you want extended, technical, and fun downhills accompanied with strenious climbs, I suggest crossing the gap and doing M-Hill. If you like riding twisty, mostly non-technical, non flowy single track, and want to put in alot of miles then Skyline is for you.

Customer Service

Ride up from Circle Court and take your pick...

Similar Products Used:

M-Hill

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RATING
2
VALUE
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3
[Mar 22, 2007]
boisebomber
Cross Country Rider

don't quote me but here goes.

skyline is like the front 9. small acreage with trails that wind throughout. trails vary from rocky to smooth and from steep to no slope
trails wich traverse and connect summits. it took about 1-1/2 hours to do the 8 miles or so trails . there are no signs but you don't need any. some trails deadend into backyards but not a big deal.

great views of DT and RC valley.

i hopped in at end of st. pats street. rode up steep, rocky creek bed to top out at skyline road. little tuff w/o wamrup. might suggest other
starting point.

skyline is a great urban mtn. bike trail system, 100% ST, creeks, hills , glades, winds thru forsest. tuff, aerorbic and challenging in spots.
given that it is 2 blocks from DT , i think it terrific.



there are other trail systems nearby in the DT area which i did not ride. M-Hill, and St. Martins. referring to conversations at a bike shop, ST. Martin is larger (12Mi) than Skyline (8mi)and less rocky, but gains more elevation. M- Hill , based on conversations only, is tuff and aggressive.

there are no maps or signs for all 3.

plans are underway to develop 3 hills into a comprehensive trail system.

highly recommend.

went to several Black Hills trails but still had snow March 20.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Feb 18, 2007]
climbbikeskione
Racer

sesupanchick has no idea what she is talking about! enough said. This little network of trails is a Gem for Rapid City. Access is top notch...you can ride about 8 miles of single track only a couple blocks from downtown...It doesn't get much better than that. And if you like M-Hill better, well link both up, heck link up Skyline, M-Hill, and St Martins for an Epic...I do it regularly in the summer. This little gem of an area has everything, even sweet DH/FR lines. The 20' cliff sesupanchick speaks of is an easy 8' drop to smooth tranny that I take regularly. I'll even admit to making it. I have built half the trail up there and am proud of it! Please keep this great place alive and well! Enough with the trail blockage and log laying...If you're guilty shame on you. On the other hand it is about maxed out so no more trail building please. Let's keep Skyline what it is now...Yeah some stuff could go but I know everyone has their favorite lines so tread lightly so we can all get along. Hikers and bikers alike.

Customer Service

Do it all!

Similar Products Used:

Storm Mt, M-Hill, St Martins, Victoria Lake, Loop 15, The riding in the Black Hills is endless and much underated!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 16, 2006]
YouCanCallMeAl
Weekend Warrior

Great network of trails, with access from both the east(St. Patrick st., St. Cloud, and via Skyline Drive itself) and west side of the hill. I'm not sure what sesupanchick is talking about when she says the trails are in bad shape. I ride there weekly, and I haven't seen the problems she mentions. Besides the main network of trails there are others scattered along the northeast side of the hill and some trails on the west side of Skyline Drive. You can easily ride hard for an hour without riding the same section twice.

Customer Service

If you want an easy start you can start at the trailhead on St. Cloud St. and ride up the dirt road to the large field. From there trails fan out to the north and west. The trails are pretty well interconnected, so you can just take off and follow whatever route seems cool. There is a tight, semi-technical downhill trail that starts by a birdhouse and follows the valley to where several trails meet on the south end of the trail network (sorry for the weak directions, it's hard to describe).

Similar Products Used:

M-Hill, St. Martins, Rockerville, Bone Collector

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 05, 2006]
YouCanCallMeAl
Weekend Warrior

Great trail right inside city limits. There are quite a few different routes which can be combined to make the ride as long as you want. I have to disagree with the description by sesupanchick. I ride Skyline weekly and I'd say that the trails are in pretty good shape. I have no idea which trail dead-ends at a 20 ft drop, but it may be one of the fringe trails that aren't part of the core.

You really can find terrain for most levels of riders here.

Customer Service

If you want an easy climb into the heart of the trail network, get on the dirt road that begins on St. Cloud St. and follow it to the large field. From there you can hop on any of several trails and just start riding.

Another good route is to ride up Skyline drive from the West Blvd area (Start on Quincy St.) and ride the road past Dinosaur Park. Follow the road a bit farther until you see some singletrack drop off the right side of the road. This fairly technical route will follow along the west side of the hill and eventually climb back up to the road. Cross the road and drop in to more singletrack on the other side.

Similar Products Used:

M-Hill, St. Martins, Bone Collector

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 18, 2006]
sesupanchick
Weekend Warrior

A good idea for an area to ride. Unfortunately there's a more established web of trails just across the "GAP" (aka. M-Hill). The trails here are not fully established, over grown with vegetation, and encroaching development has left most trials to a stop, and one to a 20 ft. drop off. I don't recommend you waste your time even trying to locate these trails. Just go to M-Hill, its bigger-n-better...

Similar Products Used:

M-Hill

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 16, 2005]
ronjones

OVERALL
RATING
5
[Jun 14, 2004]
ronjones
Weekend Warrior

Trails everywhere. Skill levels vary...there are enough easy trails to take my un-experienced-in-biking wife along for a ride. Yet you can find something for every skill level. There are no property boundary markers so be careful when getting close to neighboring houses. Staying on the more established trails should keep you from trespassing in most cases. Look out if you try to take St. Cloud Street to get up there (not one of the ways listed above). There is platted public right-of-way all the way to this area but the crude guy in the adjacent house will run out and threaten you claiming that he owns the land. Hopefully some day a trail head will be built directly in front of his house.

Customer Service

It's easiest to park on the pull-off on Skyline Drive and ride from there.

Similar Products Used:

St. Martins, M Hill

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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