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pic of bikes from the top of 11th hour gulch in spearfish Canyon

I had a chance to hike to the top of 11th Hour Gulch during the motorcycle rally one morning. I have always enjoyed visiting here.

It is tricky to find. It is just north kissing rock, aka the dice as you can see to the left of the road in the picture. Watch this YouTube video to see where it is.

This is not for everyone. the rocks are slippery and uneven. One must climb a couple of ladders that are not the most sturdy and then you’ve got to climb up a slippery area at the end to get above the gulch.

However, the views are pretty great from the top. This is really a neat place in the canyon and in the winter it is pretty cool too.

Get off your butt and go explore Spearfish Canyon, it is really a neat place to explore. And, when you are in the area checkout Lookout Mountain Park right in Spearfish.


Best Hiking Near Deadwood South Dakota

There is plenty of great hiking near Deadwood South Dakota.  I mean everyone knows about all the fun in town.  Great attractions, casinos, restaurants, events and more.  But, the options available in the Black Hills National Forest are plentiful too.

Just to the north of town in a nice short hike that has great views of the area.  Friendship Tower was dedicated in 1919, and it is still a favorite of locals and visitors alike.  You can climb the tower and there is a picnic area too.

You don’t even have to leave town to feel like you are taking a hike.  You could walk to Mount Moriah, then on to Seth and Martha Bullock’s graves and if you still have energy hike all the way to white rocks.

West out of town you’ll find Spearfish Canyon.  It has hiking for all levels of abilities.  Take a nice leisurely stroll to Roughlock Falls, or test your lung capacity hiking to the canyon rim on the 76 trail, or visit Devil’s Bathtub and take a dip in the refreshing water.

Head east out of town to Sturgis, then a bit further you find Bear Butte.  A place held sacred by the Native Americans, a great hike.  On the top you’ll be treated with views of the prairie and the Black Hills.  There is a small lake and camping is available.

Just off the interstate near Sturgis you can find the Alkali Creek Nature Trail.  It is a short trail but offers great views and a mix of trees and meadows.  Plus you can access the Centennial Trail there too.  The Centennial Trail is a 111-mile trail that runs right through the heart of the Black Hills.

The Deadwood Trailhead of the Mickelson Trail is right in town.  It is free to use in the city limits.  It is a 109-mile trail along an old railroad bed.  It starts in Deadwood and ends in Edgemont.

When you are visiting Deadwood and the Northern Black Hills, be sure to enjoy sometime time hiking in the forest.


hulett ham and jam 2016 and wyoming wednesday

The Sturgis Rally 2016 is quickly approaching and as anyone who has been to the rally before knows….. Wednesday is know as Wyoming Wednesday and the most popular event is the Ham and Jam in Hulett – August 10th 2016.

Taking a ride to Devil’s Tower is popular with many visitors to the Black Hill area.  But, during the rally you’ll see a lot of motorcycles and on Wednesday of the rally you will see many, many motorcycles. There is also a nick name for the day, I’ll let you find on your own  (it may have something to do with women’s undergarments).Winking smile

The Ham and Jam at the Rodeo Bar has been a long running tradition during the rally and 2016 is no exception.  The folks at Hulett Chamber of Commerce told me the Rodeo Bar is having a free pig roast and live music.  And, the Ponderosa Café and Bar (you know the place – good burgers) is planning drink specials and live music all day. Plus – Main Street is closed to thru traffic for bike parking.

So if you in the area take a ride through the Bear Lodge portion of the Black Hill National Forest.  And, have a lot of fun in Hulett.

While you are in Wyoming you might as well visit Sundance too.  They have plenty planed as well.  At 4pm burnouts start, there are plenty of festivities planned for the whole day.

Hey if you are at the rally have you seen all the Sturgis Rally Concerts? Even Weird Al is coming.  Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Elle King and more.