119.1 miles
Distance
15,727 ft
Climb
-16,736 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Marking the 100th anniversary of statehood, 1889 to 1989, the 111-mile Centennial Trail represents the diversity of South Dakota. The Trail begins in Wind Cave National Park near Hot Springs skirting lakes and streams as it climbs into the Black Hills high country, before it crosses the prairie grasslands as it reaches Bear Butte State Park.

Detailed Description
Black Hills Centennial Trail is a 119 mile popular expert route located near Hot springs South Dakota. This hike primary route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 11 trails. This route climbs 15,727 ft with a max elevation of 5,874 ft then descends -16,736 ft.
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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Hike
  • Other Activities
    • Horse
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Black Hills Centennial Trail mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,008 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,180 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,194 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,186 ft
  • Grade
    -0.2%
  • Grade max
    -47.5%
  • Grade min
    80.6%
  • Distance climb
    53 miles
  • Distance down
    56 miles
  • Distance flat
    10 miles

Directions

  1. Bike north on Trail 89 - French Creek Trail Head - Highland Creek TH.
  2. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  3. Bike north on Trail 89 - French Creek Trail Head - Highland Creek TH.
  4. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  5. Bike northwest on Trail 89 - French Creek Trail Head - Highland Creek TH.
  6. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  7. Bike west on Trail 89 - French Creek Trail Head - Highland Creek TH.
  8. Continue for 5 kilometers.
  9. Bike southwest on Trail 89 - French Creek Trail Head - Highland Creek TH.
  10. Continue for 500 meters.
  11. Bike north on Trail 89 - French Creek Trail Head - Highland Creek TH.
  12. Continue for 20 meters.
  13. Turn right onto Lame Jonny Road.
  14. Continue for 100 meters.
  15. Bike north on Lame Johhny Road.
  16. Continue for 60 meters.
  17. Turn right onto Lame Jonny Road.
  18. Continue for 400 meters.
  19. Bike northeast on Lame Johhny Road.
  20. Continue for 70 meters.
  21. Bike northeast on Trail 89 - Badger Hole TH - French Creek TH.
  22. Continue for 400 meters.
  23. Bike northwest on Trail 89 - Badger Hole TH - French Creek TH.
  24. Continue for 600 meters.
  25. Bike west on Trail 89 - Badger Hole TH - French Creek TH.
  26. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
  27. Turn right onto Centennial Trail- New Custer SP Reroute.
  28. Continue for 700 meters.
  29. Bike northeast on Centennial Trail- New Custer SP Reroute.
  30. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  31. Bike west on Centennial Trail- New Custer SP Reroute.
  32. Continue for 200 meters.
  33. Bike north on Trail 89 - Badger Hole TH - French Creek TH.
  34. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  35. Turn left onto Trail 89 - Iron Creek TH - Badger Hole TH.
  36. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  37. Bike northeast on Trail 89 - Iron Creek TH - Badger Hole TH.
  38. Continue for 6 kilometers.
  39. Bike east on Trail 89 - Iron Creek TH - Badger Hole TH.
  40. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  41. Bike north on Trail 89 - Iron Creek TH - Badger Hole TH.
  42. Continue for 100 meters.
  43. Turn left.
  44. Continue for 40 meters.
  45. Bike northeast on Trail 89 - Samelius TH - Big Pine TH.
  46. Continue for 5 kilometers.
  47. Bike east on Trail 89 - Samelius TH - Big Pine TH.
  48. Continue for 100 meters.
  49. Turn right onto Trail 89 - Flume TH - Samelius TH.
  50. Continue for 2.5 kilometers.
  51. Bike east on Trail 89 - Flume TH - Samelius TH.
  52. Continue for 9 kilometers.
  53. Bear right onto Trail 89 - Dakota Point TH - Flume TH.
  54. Continue for 300 meters.
  55. Bike north on Trail 89 - Dakota Point TH - Flume TH.
  56. Continue for 2 kilometers.
  57. Bike north on Trail 89 - Brush Creek TH - Dakota Point TH.
  58. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  59. Bike southeast on Trail 89 - Brush Creek TH - Dakota Point TH.
  60. Continue for 2.5 kilometers.
  61. Bike north on Trail 89 - Brush Creek TH - Dakota Point TH.
  62. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  63. Bike northwest on Trail 89 - Tamarack Gulch TH - Brush Creek TH.
  64. Continue for 5 kilometers.
  65. Bike west on Trail 89 - Tamarack Gulch TH - Brush Creek TH.
  66. Continue for 100 meters.
  67. Make a sharp left onto Trail 89 - Rapid Creek TH - Tamarack Gulch TH.
  68. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  69. Bike west on Trail 89 - Deer Creek TH - Rapid Creek TH.
  70. Continue for 5 kilometers.
  71. Bike northwest on Trail 89 - Deer Creek TH - Rapid Creek TH.
  72. Continue for 6 kilometers.
  73. Bike north on Trail 89 - Pilot Knob TH - Deer Creek TH.
  74. Continue for 600 meters.
  75. Bear right onto Trail 89 - South Box Elder Creek TH - Pilot Knob TH.
  76. Continue for 2.5 kilometers.
  77. Bike east on Trail 89 - South Box Elder Creek TH - Pilot Knob TH.
  78. Continue for 2.5 kilometers.
  79. Bike northwest on Trail 89 - South Box Elder Creek TH - Pilot Knob TH.
  80. Continue for 13 kilometers.
  81. Bike northwest on Centennial Trail #89.
  82. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  83. Bike northeast on Centennial Trail #89.
  84. Continue for 5 kilometers.
  85. Bear left to stay on Centennial Trail #89.
  86. Continue for 2 kilometers.
  87. Bike northwest on Centennial Trail #89.
  88. Continue for 13 kilometers.
  89. Bike north on Centennial Trail #89.
  90. Continue for 6 kilometers.
  91. Turn right to stay on Centennial Trail #89.
  92. Continue for 700 meters.
  93. Bear right to stay on Centennial Trail #89.
  94. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  95. Bike northeast on Centennial Trail #89.
  96. Continue for 7 kilometers.
  97. Bike northwest on Centennial Trail #89.
  98. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  99. Bike east on Centennial Trail #89.
  100. Continue for 800 meters.
  101. Turn left to stay on Centennial Trail #89.
  102. Continue for 2.5 kilometers.
  103. Bike north on Centennial Trail #89.
  104. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  105. Bike northwest on Centennial Trail #89.
  106. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  107. Bike south on Centennial Trail #89.
  108. Continue for 400 meters.
  109. Bike north on Centennial Trail #89.
  110. Continue for 90 meters.
  111. Bike southeast on Centennial Trail #89.
  112. Continue for less than 10 meters.
  113. Bike north on Centennial Trail #89.
  114. Continue for less than 10 meters.
  115. Bike north on Centennial Trail #89.
  116. Continue for 200 meters.
  117. Bike north on Centennial Trail #89.
  118. Continue for 2 kilometers.
  119. Bike east on Centennial Trail #89.
  120. Continue for 6 kilometers.
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Trail 89 - Flume TH - Samelius TH
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Clear. Same ol brutal anaerobic tech.
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