11 miles
Distance
3,596 ft
Climb
-2,513 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point
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Paha Sapa Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Custer
    Custer, South Dakota
  • AKA
    Trail 1
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    All season
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • Global Ranking

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.

Access Info

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 change
    1,083 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,203 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,217 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,299 ft
  • Grade
    1.842%
  • Grade max
    -43.253%
  • Grade min
    51.809%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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Paha Sapa Trail, Custer

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