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Old 06-08-21, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post

The grade looks not bad, can't be any worse than the black hills. There are some brutal climbs on that trail.
Brutal as rail-trains go. I hit it after doing Spearfish Canyon then up a second climb and down to the Engelwood Trailhead. Started the climb south of there and thought WTH? Then there was a climb from Mystic towards Hill City. Met a group of kids with a chaperone. They had started in Deadwood and were now walking up that climb. No way they got to Hill City before dark. I bombed the descent into town and it was nearly dark when I arrived. Hoping they beat the massive hail storm a couple of hours later.
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