Paha Sapa Trail Details
This trail is a section of decommissioned trail #1 which people refuse to let die. The section north of America Center Road to Sylvan Lake is one of the best difficult trails in the Black Hills. The ride follows mainly tight single track trail with some rocky terrain and steeper climbing. The ride back down is flowing and fast. The scenery is world class with views of the Needles and the Harney Range. The section south of America Center road is in disrepair at this point and harder to follow but a bit easier overall. Allow about four hours to ride the north section. Food and beverages are available at Sylvan Lake May-September.
Drive about three miles east on US-16A from the intersection of US-16/385 in Custer. Make a left onto America Center Road and follow that for about 3.7 miles. There are several small parking areas on the south side of the road near the last residence. Ride east, less than a tenth of mile past the last residence and locate a gate on the north side of the road. The north section of this trail starts here. The trail is easy to follow and is well established once you get going on it. There are no modern way finding systems in place at this point in time. At about eight miles you find SD-87 and the Little Devils Tower Trail Head. Some will ride Trail 4 up to Little Devils Tower or west over to Sylvan Lake for refreshments.
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More Stats for Paha Sapa Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change1,083 ft
Altitude min5,203 ft
Altitude start5,217 ft
Altitude end6,299 ft
Distance climb5 miles
Distance down4 miles
Distance flat2 miles
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Paha Sapa Trail Trail Reports
Aug 20, 2018 @ 5:02amAug 20, 2018
|Appx 10 trees down in the area in Custer State Park (south of SD-87 about 5 miles). Trail is hard to see at mile 6-8 (from SD-87). Some portions...|
Jul 7, 2018 @ 9:09amJul 7, 2018
|10-ish blowdowns in the top 8 miles of trail (North of American Center Rd). Some wet spots, some areas that are tricky routefinding. Overall a fun...|
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