New Motorcycle Trails Open on Mystic Ranger District

by Off-Road Hub Mag | Posted on Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Rapid City, SD – Last week, volunteers and Forest Service crews finished marking and signing 10 miles of new motorcycle trails.

“These new “Motorcycles Only” trails require advanced riding skills,” said Bob Thompson, acting deputy forest supervisor for the Black Hills National Forest.

A new motorcycle trail dozer will be used to open other single motorcycle trails this fall, Willems said. “The dozer (donated in part by the Yamaha Corporation) can be driven or operated remotely and specializes in creating motorcycle trails, although it will also serve to build and maintain other OHV trails.”

“We could not have done this without the help and support from our many volunteers and partnership organizations that have been there from the beginning,” said Tom Willems, recreation planner & partnership coordinator. The motorcycle trail initiative started last spring and work continued throughout the summer, Willems said. “Bill Hearne, Bob King, Ted Erlewine, Gary Schmidt, and Ryan McFarland were some of the key volunteers who organized the trail initiative and helped to get the ball rolling,” said Willems. “We would like to thank them for all of their outstanding work and time that they devoted to the project.”

Hearne, a trail volunteer and recently retired owner of Outdoor Motorsports, said that it is nice to see the trails open and completed. “By working with responsible groups, including American Motorcycle Association, we are working to create a process for identifying trails and speeding up the process to open trails,” Hearne said.

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