deerfield lake loop - Trail, deerfield, Dakota

deerfield lake loop - Trail, deerfield, Dakota

DESCRIPTION

singletrack

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 25, 2011]
dirtgirl
Cross Country Rider

I rode this just a week ago and have to say that I was disappointed. The lake loops that I have ridden in other locations actually were near the lake. I found this to be a lot of prairie and double-track as opposed to the sweet single-track I was expecting. I too got lost several times as the signing was not the greatest. Don't get me wrong, I love riding the Black Hills but I think there are many other places to ride that are more beautiful and represent SD single-track better.

Customer Service

I rode clockwise, but don't know as that would make a great difference.

Similar Products Used:

Storm Mountain, Old Baldy, Tinton trail, Little Spearfish.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 16, 2010]
jonfree
Cross Country Rider

Bad news... rode this last summer and this in no way resembles a singletrack mountain bike trail. Parts are gravel road, parts are more cow trail that human, and other parts are just riding across open grasslands, with the occasional glimpse at what might have been the loop trail back in the day. It just seems like very little work has gone into maintaining this trail. It has a couple fun, short sections, but I don't think it's worth the effort, and I don't live that far away from it. Seems like there might be a couple nice spots for swimming along the trail...

Customer Service

I went counterclockwise, but it doesn't seem like clockwise would have made it any better.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 07, 2009]
WuJJ
Cross Country Rider

Rode this trail today. I was expecting a great ride from the previous reviews but ended up quite disappointed. We rode it counter-clockwise. Parts of the trail are not well marked, and this seems to be a rarely ridden trail. My friend end I were lost three times. Forest Service has been cutting down a lot of trees in several areas and covering the trail, forcing us to spend a few minutes to find the trail again. There were also tons of fallen trees on the trail. If you are in an exploring mood, then this might be a fun ride. I think this could be a really fun trail if it were well marked and maintained.

Customer Service

I parked at Gold Run trailhead as it was easy to access. I think clockwise might be slightly more fun.

Similar Products Used:

Storm Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 20, 2004]
CaptianCrash
Weekend Warrior

This 10 mile loop is sweet...it has some tech, some fast rolling stuff and a few water crossings...and if you are lucky you will see a shirtless girl walking her dogs and pushing a stroller...no lie...o.k. it wasen't the best sight, but it makes for a great story to tell...there was one point after going through a gate I lost the trail, and I still don't know how I lost it...but it was easy to pick up again. There was a couple of climbs that I walked, but the pay-off is great and you always have a great view of the lake and some little neon green snakes and some deer as well. I would say it is intermediate to high intermediate because of the shape you should be in to keep this an enjoyable route...if you are not in great shape don't try to tackle the whole loop...It took just under 2 hours with a couple of rest stops to soak in the beauty.

Customer Service

From the Deerfield resort get on the trail and head west that saves the best for last

Similar Products Used:

Mick, Boneyard, Centennial

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 06, 2000]
Charles

This trail was recommended by a LBS in Custer. It is a beautiful ride with wonderful views of the lake. The trail is pretty fast with a lot of short ups and downs. It winds through pine trees and meadows. The surface is primarily dirt and pine needles without a lot of rocks. It isn't real technical but its still a lot of fun.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 08, 2000]
Matt

Great single track! In a few places the trail is cut so deep you can't pedal but other wise in excellent condition. It has it all tight single track, fast down hills and many water crossings. The sign says its 10 miles but, it is closer to 11.5 miles.

Customer Service

Just hop on anywhere and ride counter clockwise it is easier in that direction.

Similar Products Used:

Centenial, Storm Mountain,

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 13, 2001]
Ken

Just like previous posts say, jump on at any trailhead and follow the 40L trail signs. I rode the Pah Ha Sapa trail the day before so this really one really deleted me of any energy I had left. Very nice scenery of the water for 75% of the ride.

Customer Service

I also think that riding it counter-clockwise would be an easier, more enjoyable ride. This coming from someone who actually likes to ride uphill.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 30, 2002]
Bill

This trail is 80%-90% singletrack with some sections of jeep roads interspersed. Lots of ups and downs. Some steep, but mostly rideable. One or two longer climbs/descents. The trail runs through pine forest and open prairie around the lake. Exellent views of the lake and the surrounding hills.

Customer Service

I actually rode this trail twice. Once clockwise, once counter-clockwise. Each time starting at Dutchman Campground. Both ways were fun.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 09, 2002]
Eric A

This is a great trail , one of the best I have ridden in South Dakota , one of the best I've ever ridden . The singletrack is most excellent especailly on the areas northor west of the lake , they in a wide open praire area alnog they trail and like a riding on a roller coaster. It was like heaven !!! There were some jeep roads that were easy going after the dam area . about half way around . Then more singletrak in a forested area with a great downhill leading to the lake . There are 2 paved road crossings and a few across gravel but there was virtally no traffic. just beware of the cows :P .
I have ridden several trails in the Black Hills and find that IMHO this one is one of the best.

Customer Service

We started at the North Shore trailhead and headed north on the trail clockwise .

Similar Products Used:

Old Baldy , Rimrock .

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 15, 2003]
Royce

I have ridden this trail both directions and i like to go counterclockwise,because of the long downhill to the lake.It is as good a singletrack as you can get in the area.The reason i ride this trail is that the temp up here is much cooler than down in rapid city.So if your in rapid city ,its hotter than hell and you want to go on a ride close to town than this is it.

Customer Service

take hwy 16(mount rushmore road) out of rapid city,go to hill city.take hwy 385 north towards deerfield lake.turn at the national forest campground road.The ftrail cuts across the road about a mile ahead,youll see the signs.park along the road and jump on.

Similar Products Used:

40,it hooks on to 40L and takes you down to mystic,great ride,centennial.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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