“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained …” (Psalms 8-3)
That’s what one woman wrote in her journal as she traveled the Mickelson Trail, a 106-mile “rails to trails” experience that wanders the length of the Black Hills from Deadwood to Edgemont. The Hill City Trailhead — one of 15 such stops — is about midway, and a favorite of many Mickelson travelers because it is in the middle of town, near many amenities and comforts. Bikers, hikers and horses are all welcome on the trail, an old Burlington Northern rail track of crushed limestone. More than 100 railroad bridges and four tunnels lie along the way.