9 miles
1,243 ft
-2,055 ft
4,762 ft
High Point
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Foster Gulch Trail

Foster Gulch Details

  • Riding Area
    Storm Mountain Trails
    Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Year Round
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Ladder Bridge, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    US Forest Service

The Foster Gulch Trail is truly a gem for a trail in the Black Hills. This trail has world class scenery and winds through technical, rocky terrain. The Hayward-Battle Creek Fire burned through this zone in 2002. A must do trail for advanced riders. This trail is point to point so many folks will shuttle this one.

The way it gets used is usually from north to south but it goes either direction. It is possible to connect with the Washington Trail and take the South Rockerville Road back to where you parked.

Access Info

Park at the old CCC Stairs trail head located about 1/2 mile west of the Coon Hollow Trail Head on Silver Mountain Road or at Coon Hollow Trail Head and back track the standard Storm Mountain Trail to the old two track road at the bottom of the Pet Cemetery Trail. To shuttle this trail park on SD-40 at the Battle Creek Trail Head located about 1/2 mile west of Rushmore Cave. Some people park just south of US-16 where the trail crosses the highway shortening the length of the outing.

This trail is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

More Stats for Foster Gulch bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -812 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,839 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,682 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,870 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,405 ft
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on Jul 23, 2018
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Foster Gulch Trail Reports

Jul 23, 2018 @ 5:57pm
Jul 23, 2018
The bulk of the trail was in good condition, but Battle Creek (and Iron Creek) are impassable due to high water as of 7/22/18
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Feb 7, 2018 @ 3:34pm
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Foster Gulch, Rapid City
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Feb 7, 2018 @ 3:34pm
Feb 7, 2018
Foster Gulch, Rapid City
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Feb 7, 2018 @ 3:34pm
Feb 7, 2018
Foster Gulch, Rapid City

1 Review & Comments

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flag Dogl0rd (Jul 8, 2018 at 17:48)
 Want to try this, would love to hear recent experiences and or conditions, thanks!!

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