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Old 06-09-21, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
Yes, clockwise is the only way i think I can make that route. We usually start at Sylvan lake and go around. Its a monster still!
I started at Fort Welikit Campground on SD 89, not that far from the center of town, and rode up to Sylvan Lake.

Heh. Found the map I made post-tour:

Dashboard Ride with GPS

Looks like a lot of downhill, but that climbing that starts around mile 16 eventually eats into you. Despite that long downhill (about 1/3 of the entire loop mileage) you still come out with 100' of elevation gain/mile over the entire route. I had not planned on doing this loop during my time out there, so I didn't know what expect. I remember thinking "Where the hell did this climbing come from?" Stopped at Legion Lake Lodge and had a nice lunch that included a spinach salad with goat cheese and strawberries.
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