Centennial Trail - Trail, Rapid City, Dakota

Centennial Trail - Trail, Rapid City, Dakota

DESCRIPTION

Ranges from intermediate to Expert single track through a range of terrain.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 14, 2009]
chipolopolo
Cross Country Rider

Rode Centennial 7-14-09. Rode from hwy. 16 north approx. 12 miles. Found the trail needing some maintenance. The line was obscured from view by the 24" tall grass, making picking a fast line impossible due to lack of vision of the ground. Lots of roots and rocks made it slow going. It also look as though the thundershowers (almost daily) cause significant erosion making the hidden ground that much more unreliable. But the flora was amazing and an interesting line was selected. Not an expert level trail. Beginner-Intermediate

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 10, 2009]
firedudecndn
Cross Country Rider

It looks like it's been a while since anyone reviewed this trail...
We got snowed out on the Maah Daah Hey (in june!?!) and drifted south til we found sunshine. After talking to some local riders and a very enthusiastic employee at Two Wheeler Dealer (thanks bud :)) we decided to try the Centennial.
First day it took us about 45 mins to find it because we rode on the road under I90. After bushwhacking for a while we saw a marker in the distance and hooked up with a 6 km climb. It was reasonable and rideable all the way. We stopped at the first peak and hammered back down. Second day we pushed a little farther (13 kms) to the third peak. What a blast.
All the climbing we did was fairly gentle and alot of the time the false flats made it feel like you werent really climbing at all. The switchbacks are built nice and wide (I cleaned them all on a 29er up and down) and the sight lines are open so you can really let the bike go.

Customer Service

We started at the Fort Meade Recreational area and rode south for 13 kms. One long climb, a roller coaster section, a downhill then 2 more climbs. Pick a gear and grind it out because the more you climb the more sweet flowy single track downhill you can rail on the way back.
We crossed a stream about 3 times but the water was low enough that it was ridable.
We consider it a viable bailout option for Maah Daah Hey if it's wet there.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 18, 2006]
John Eppen
Racer

This trail is full of smooth, twisty, winding, challenging, singletrack. You will not be disappointed.

Customer Service

My favorite it to start at Sheridan Lake and ride north. Great route, even has some stream crossings!

Similar Products Used:

Victoria Lake, Bone Collector

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 27, 2005]
davidgee
Weekend Warrior

Started at Badger Hole. This trail is brutal. Truly only for the fitest of fit and experienced riders. I ride in the midwest and typically ride "difficult trails" (by midwestern standards). The trail started out with a gradual uphill then took a roughly 45 degree upward hill covered with shale. Then the next downhill was covered with baby heads and more shale. When I arrived at the third hill I was pushing most of the way. I hopped on my ride at the top of the hill and encountered 2 buffalo about 200 feet ahead. (We don't get many Buffalo in the midwest). Scared out of my mind I charged back down the opposite side of the hill.

Customer Service

Only the most experienced should start at Badger Hole. I recommend all others start further south.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 28, 2003]
Nate
Cross Country Rider

If you want to talk about this trail ask me....I currently hold the record for completing this trail in 21h 45min with a good friend from Colorado, Fred (thanks for everything Fred)(We were the first people to ever totally ride all of the legal sections of this trail at one time)If you look above you will notice that I put that I ride this trail every few months that is because if you don't do it all at one time that is not riding the trail that is riding a section of the trail. But I do normally ride a section of this trail about every other week durring the season. Speaking of sections of this trail I don't want to tell you what sections to go ride because everybodys riding skill and preferance is differant from everybody elses. There are so many section to ride you could easily spend 4-5 days riding this trail and still not ride it all. Certain sections go from nasty loose rock covered trail, to steep rock inbeded trail, to open fast rolling trail, to hike a bike areas. If you can't notice there is a wide variation of trail and therefore no one section is better than the others depending on what you want to ride. If you have any question email me or stop in at Acme Bikes in Rapid City and I will be very happy to give you the low down on what you should ride and maybe even go with you if you don't mind.

Customer Service

My only reccomendation is come prepared especially if you want to do the whole thing and make sure if you are doing the whole thing at one time go from south to north there are less hike a bikes and more ridable sections therefore it is about 2-4hrs faster.

Similar Products Used:

Other trail...o geez...how about this I will just list them and if one intrests you stop in at the best shop in town (acme Bikes) and they will let you know what it is like and where it is at and they might even go with you too.. so here they are Storm mtn. Hwy 44 trails including the bonecollector, M hill, St. Martins, Skyline, deerfield, silvercity, first thunder, nemo, Todds trails (make sure you have a guide that knows these trails or you just might die),and of course lots of sweet roadies too....

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 27, 1999]
Todd Rydquist

This trail's a lot of fun...especially from Pactola towards Sheridan. There was a reasonable little climb from Pactola out of the Canyon, and a bunch of fun little creek crossings over the crest. Hopefully, I'll make it back to try some more of the trail sometime. It really is a mixed bag of forest roads, trails, and a fair amount of single track.

Customer Service

I took some of the route from Nemo to Sheridan Lake. Hopefully, someone who's done a little more of it will put in a review.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 14, 1999]
Brian

I went to a LBS in Rapid City and found the closest trailhead. This place is vast, so I can not really rate the entire thing. The section I was on was well marked and had some great climbs. Watch out for ticks in the summer and the random fresh steaming cow pie. From the brochure at the tourist stops this place looks like a flat wide trail and I almost skipped it. But, I found much single track and it was worth the 30 min drive from Rapid City. Skip Wall Drug and head to this trail.

Customer Service

Leave Rapid City on the highway heading west and exit when you see a big national cemetery.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 24, 1999]
John P

If you access the Centennial trail at Iron Creek, off highway 87, in Custer State Park, there is some great riding. There is a spot to park at the trailhead. Head north from the trailhead and the trail immediately turns into rocky technical single track. This section of the trail lasts for about 3 miles or so and then you get dumped onto the grizzly peak trail. Take a right (downhill) for a quick descent which will meet up with camp remington road. Take a right back up the hill and you will get back to your vehicle. This trail is challenging.

Customer Service

There are a ton of trails in the Black Hills National forest and Custer State Park in South Dakota. Pick up the topo maps of the Northern and Southern Black Hills at a bike shop for about $10 each, you'll be glad you did. The centennial trail north of the Iron Creek trailhead is technical but fun.

Similar Products Used:

You can ride virtually anywhere in the Black Hills and you will be impressed. Trail 40 around Deerfield Lake is worth a ride, and there is great riding around Hill City also. Buy a map and you'll be amazed at how many trails are accessible to the mountain bike here.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 05, 1999]
mtbmike

It does not get any better than this section. Get off I-90 at the National Cemetary exit. stay on the north side of the freeway and find the BLM campground; park there. Go south through a culvert/bridge under I-90 and ride until you are ready to come back. It just goes and goes.....Steady climbing on the way out; screaming downhill all the way back.

Excellent trail conditions, excellent trail markers and just the best trail experience you could hope for.

Customer Service

The Centennial is massive. We started outside of Sturgis near the National Cemetary. get the info you need from the Two Wheeler Dealer either in Spearfish or Rapid City.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 15, 1999]
Dave

There is almost every type of surface on this trail from wide flat grassy areas to rocky single track to stream beds and technical single track. This was the most fun of any trail that I have ridden on in the Black Hills.

Customer Service

Start at the Black Hills National Cemetary near Sturgis and head south.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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