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Homestake Trail, SD

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,568 feet
Elevation Gain 723 feet
Accumulated Gain 819 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.73
Interest Historic & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
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14  2019-06-12 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,884
Trips 1,914 map ( 16,193 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Aug → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:41am - 8:21pm
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Stake Your Claim
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Deadwood and Lead South Dakota were founded in or about the same time of 1876. Gold was the catalyst and it created a rush of people west. Some of the most notorious characters were Wyatt Earp, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. Transportation was poor and supplies to both communities was at a premium. The first railroad to the region arrived in 1890. With the advent of cars and trucks the railroad was eventually abandoned in 1928. In 2017 the cities banded together to turn the old railroad grade into a recreational trail.

Starting at the Deadwood trailhead it's basically uphill all the way to Lead. Some suggestions would be to set up a key exchange, prearrange a shuttle, or do an out and back. Starting at the George Mickelson trailhead proceed in a southwest direction for about a quarter mile. There's a sitting bench on the right and a trail takes off to the right here doing a 180 and heads up hill. The trail starts and ends in an urban area so the only solitude is in the middle section of trail. The trade off is the beautiful views of both towns and surrounding countryside from the ridgeline the trail follows. Keep your eyes open for artifacts and or evidence of the Gold Rush Days. There are several off shoots from the main trail but it was well marked at these points as off this writing. The trail concludes at the Lead Open Cut. When it closed in 2002 it was the largest and deepest gold mine in North America.

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2019-06-12 AZLOT69

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From downtown Deadwood, South Dakota take 385 south one quarter mile to the signed entrance to the old train depot and trailhead for George Mickelson Trailhead. There is plenty of parking and restrooms available. The upper trailhead is in Lead, South Dakota at the towns dog park on Washington just north of Grand View.
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