8 miles
2,129 ft
-1,151 ft
1 miles
High Point
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Paha Sapa Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Custer, South Dakota
  • AKA
    Trail 1
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    All season
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #33916 in Mountain Biking

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Paha Sapa Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    978 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,306 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,306 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,284 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,075 ft
  • view trail stats
on Nov 3, 2018
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to paha-sapa-trail trailhead (43.797260, -103.501360)
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Paha Sapa Trail Trail Reports

Nov 3, 2018 @ 5:04pm
Nov 3, 2018
reporter Trees cleared as of 11/01/18.
Aug 20, 2018 @ 5:02am
Aug 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 @ 9:09am
Jul 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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Aug 17, 2018 @ 8:19am
Aug 17, 2018
Paha Sapa Trail, My City
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Jan 15, 2018 @ 4:14pm
Jan 15, 2018
Paha Sapa Trail, Custer
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Jan 15, 2018 @ 4:14pm
Jan 15, 2018
Paha Sapa Trail, Custer
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Jan 15, 2018 @ 4:13pm
Jan 15, 2018
Paha Sapa Trail, Custer

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