What is the best way to enjoy the Mickelson Trail if you are staying in Deadwood? I say, get a ride up to Dumont and ride (downhill most of the way) back to Deadwood.
The trailhead is located at mile post 92.6, about 9 miles north of Rochford. That gives you about 16 miles of trail to Deadwood.
Visit the Dumont trailhead in the winter and you’ll find a busy parking lot. This is one of the main trailheads for the Black Hills snowmobile trail.
The Mickelson Trail is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in the Black Hills. However, there are other great options too. The 109-mile Centennial Trail starts at Bear Butte near Sturgis and ends in Wind Cave National Park. Plus there are many shorter hikes in the area. Consider hiking in Spearfish Canyon or hike the short trail on Mount Roosevelt to Friendship Tower.