This trail is
unbelievable. Start to finish, it's 96 miles and well
worth the ride. Gorgeous views and never ending
singletrack. What can be better?
The trail has campsites
staggered along it approximately every 15-20 miles.
These sites can be reached by forest service roads...
Each of these campsites has vault toilets and hand water
pumps. Quite handy if you're planning on doing the whole
thing unsupported. hauling extra water gets really heavy
(and old) fast.
The trail roughly
follows the Little Missouri river, and connects the
north and south units of the Theodore Roosevelt National
Park. However, bikes aren't allowed within the park
boundaries, so keep your eyes open to make sure you
don't wander in.
Another neat thing
about this trail is that it crosses through State and
private land. This means that you're frequently
encountering free range cattle and horses. Keep your
eyes peeled, because these areas are also home to
pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, rattlesnakes, and the
What really surprised
me was how different some areas of the trail felt from
others. One minute, you'll be riding along a ridgeline,
the next thing you know, you're bombing down sandy
descents, sliding through switchbacks, and popping in
and out of trees.
Some of the more well
known of the trail highlights are both accessed from the
Magpie campsite. They are the Ice Caves, and Devil's
Pass. If you've got to choose one, take Devil's Pass.
Both are worth seeing, but Devil's Pass is a little
better if you ask me.
This is the single best
trail that I've ever ridden on. It's sheer length and
changing scenery and terrain keep it fresh and exciting
on each ride. I highly recommend taking the time to get
out to the Badlands and ride this trail. You won't
- Ed Grumly