Did you know that American Bikers for Awareness, Training and Education (A.B.A.T.E.) of South Dakota has rated various routes in the Black Hills with regard to riders’ skill levels?
Yep. From North Playhouse Road (easy) to Iron Mountain Road (difficult), A.B.A.T.E. has a skill level rating for each of the rides described in Ride the Black Hills.
Iron Mountain Road is without doubt one of the most technical rides you can undertake, with 314 curves, 14 switchbacks and three pigtail bridges. Throw in spectacular views of Mount Rushmore and you get a truly inspiring ride. Needles Highway has curves that are just as tight, and just as scenically rewarding. Scenery is one area in which the Black Hills are in great supply.
No matter where you ride in the Black Hills, stay safe. Ride within the posted limits. They’re there for your safety.