Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood and Rochford circuit

INTRO

In the words of Frank Lloyd Wright: 'a landscape unique and unparallelled elsewhere in America'. If it's good enough for the renowned architect, we think it's good enough for us too!

Spearfish Canyon, the gold rush town of Deadwood, spectacular mountain meadows, quiet country roads and exquisite rail trails... this one is a must!

TERRAIN

The terrain on this ride varies between sealed roads with good shoulder space for safe cycling, short sections of quality gravel ride able to be easily undertaken by most cyclists, and exceptionally well maintained rail trail along the George S. Mickelson trail.

ACCESS

There are many access points for this ride, and it can be commenced at many different points. However, we recommend staying near Rochford and starting and ending the ride there. By doing the ride from here, you will start with a gentle warm-up on some easy inclines, and finish with a gentle roll back down the rail trail for a well-earned cheese burger to end the day. There are also great accommodation options near Rochford, from which to use as a base.

FOOD AND DRINK

There are self-contained accommodation options at many points along this route, allowing you to be relatively self-sufficient. In addition, the route passes through many small towns and villages, allowing plenty of food and drink options for replenishment. You must stop at Deadwood, from where there are multiple food and drink options to choose, no matter what your preference. And then there's the staple cheeseburger and fries at the Moonshine Gulch Saloon. An experience not to be missed!

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116.946 km / 72.667 mi

Total Distance

1,486 m / 4,874 ft

Total Ascent

1,488 m / 4,882 ft

Total Descent

1,907 m / 6,255 ft

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Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1/2 day
Fitness Level: High
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Excellent
Mobile Coverage: Poor
Estimated Distance: 123.0
Elevation Gain: 1460
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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