22.8 miles
2,123 ft
-1,836 ft
1 mile
High Point

The trail starts in Lead on the new Homestake Trail, then down into Deadwood on the Mickelson Trail. Follow the Mickelson Trail up Kirk Canyon to the top of Sugarloaf. Take a left at the top of Sugarloaf, through the green gate. Follow the trail down to the Wasp Picnic Shelter back on the Mickelson on Whitewood Creek. Take a right, up the Mickelson. Stay low through the gate to Englewood Road. Follow Englewood Road, take a left up Snowcat. Snowcat Road is a long uphill with 7 switchbacks and turns into Snowy Bluffs Road. Take a left after the last switchback to the powerline corridor. Follow the trail under the powerline corridor to Railroad Grade Road. Railroad Grade is mostly downhill, ride back down to Englewood Road and take a left on Englewood Road. Follow Englewood Road and take a right at the Mickelson crossing back up Sugarloaf, past the top and back down to the Sugarloaf trailhead. Pass through the Sugarloaf Trailhead and cross the highway to Walt Green Park (Lead Trailhead of the Mickelson Trail). This ends the Mile High Course. Then coast down through Lead back to your vehicle.

Detailed Description
Mile High Challenge Course is a 23 mile intermediate race route located near lead South Dakota. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route climbs 2,123 ft with a max elevation of 5,933 ft then descends -1,836 ft.
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More Stats for Mile High Challenge Course mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,594 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,075 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,364 ft
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  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 3 (2 votes)
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