Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 1:00am to Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 1:00am

Bike Ride

Approximately 175 miles

Day 1 - 40 mile warm-up ride includes a visit to Deerfield Lake built by CPS during World War II and a challenging few miles on gravel to the top of Flag Mountain for a breathtaking view.

Day 2- This ride includes a rolling climb to Mt. Rushmore, the switchbacks of the historic Iron Mt. Road, a challenging climb to the Needle's Eye and an exhilarating downhill to Sylvan Lake and Rafter J Bar Ranch.

Day 3 - Ride south to visit Crazy Horse Monument then through Custer State Park via the rolling hills for the scenic Wildlife Loop Road. Spend the night at the historic State Game Lodge.

Day 4 - Begin early by worshipping together with the hikers. The ride includes M. Coolidge and Sunday lunch at the historic Sylvan Lake Lodge with the hikers. Ride downhill to Rafter J Bar Ranch and depart early afternoon for home.

What to expect - The average daily ride is 43 miles in hilly terrain on mostly paved roads. There are occasional long, steep grades with some gravel and crushed limestone riding surfaces. Bike must be in good condition equipped with "granny gears". Well-conditioned riders will have more fun. Cabin accommodations have been arranged at Rafter J Bar Ranch and the State Game Lodge. A support van will carry food, drinks, repairs and bikers needing a rest. 

What to bring - Bicycle, extra tube, water bottle, helmet (mandatory), rain gear and proper clothing (prepare for extreme weather conditions...hot, cold, wet).

The Hike

Average 10 miles per day

Day 1 - Hike to the top of Flag Mt. in the morning for a breathtaking view. The hike continues from Tigerville thru Hill City to Rafter J Bar Ranch for the night.

Day 2 - Breakfast at Mt. Rushmore. Harney Peak Day! We'll hit the trail at Horse Thief Trailhead and hike to Sylvan Lake. Return to Rafter J Bar Ranch for the night.

Day 3 - Start hiking from Rafter J Bar Ranch on the Mickelson Trail to Crazy Horse Monument. Hike thru a scenic area to Mt. Coolidge Lookout and on to Badger Clark's historic home at Badge Hole and then on to Legion Lake. Spend the night at the historic State Game Lodge.

Day 4 - Begin early by worshipping together with the bikers. Hike Lover's Leap and then have Sunday lunch with the bikers at the historic Sylvan Lake Lodge. Depart for home early afternoon from Rafter J Bar Ranch.

What to Expect - There will be a variety of terrain from well groomed paths to more primitive trails. The average daily hike is 10 miles for a total of about 40 miles. Hikers should be well-conditioned and prepared to carry a day pack. Cabin accommodations have been arranged at the Rafter J Bar Ranch and at the State Game Lodge. Support van available for hikers.

What to Bring - Backpack, water bottles, rain gear, hiking boots, jacket and appropriate clothing (prepare for extreme weather conditions...hot, cold, wet), compass, insect repellent, whistle, etc.

The Cost

$400 or $700/married couple - includes 3 breakfasts, 3 noon meals, 2 evening meals, snacks and beverages while hiking/biking and 4 nights lodging. It does not include transportation to Hill City. All participants are encouraged to raise additional money to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee's Indigenous Vision Center.