The George S. Mickelson Trail is a 109-mile biking, hiking, and horseback trail that was once a “Rails to Trails” project. The trail travels between Deadwood  in the north and Edgemont in the south. There is a daily usage fee of $3 or an annual fee of $10 to use the trail, payable by drop-off envelope at any trailhead.
There are three trailheads near Lead. The Kirk Trailhead is located a half-mile south of Lead on Route 85; the Lead Trailhead is a 0.8-mile spur that starts in town off of Hearst Avenue (across from the High School); and the Sugarloaf Trailhead is one mile southwest of Lead on Route 85. All of the trailheads are well marked.
There are no bike rental locations in the Northern Hills , so bring bikes with you or plan on renting bikes in Rapid City  (Two Wheeler Dealer, 605/343-0524) or Hill City  (Mickelson Trail Adventures, 605/574-4094, or Rabbit Bike, 605/574-4302).
There are more than 350 miles of groomed trails dedicated to snowmobiles in the Northern Hills. Snow season generally runs from December to March. Three trails (Trail #7, Trail #5, and Trail #4) are easily accessible from Lead . The Golden Reward parking lot for Trail #5 is located four miles southwest of Lead on Highway 85 and five miles south on Rochford Road.
One mile farther down the road, the Dumont parking area for Trail #7 is located six miles south on Rochford Road. The parking lot for Trail #4 is in Spearfish Canyon , just west of the Spearfish Canyon Lodge  at Savoy.
Weather in the hills is unpredictable. For trail conditions, call 800/445-3474. Information about the trails can be obtained from South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (605/773-3391) and printable trail maps can be obtained at www.sdgfp.info .
Snowmobiles can be rented at Mad Mountain Adventures (five miles south of Lead on Hwy. 385, 605/578-1878, www.madmountainadventures.com , $100–160).