Smith Draw Cutoff

Hill City, South Dakota (Pennington County)

Last Updated: 09/05/2019
4 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.94 miles
Highest Elevation: 6328 feet
Duration: About 10 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Hill City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Hill City
Official Road Name: 296.O1
Management Agency: Black Hills National Forest
District: Mystic Ranger District


Highlight: Smith Draw Cutoff
Smith Draw Cutoff is an optional route to exit Smith Draw in the Black Hills National Forest. This short route takes you directly through a grassy valley where the trail can be difficult to see from the green grass, especially in early summer when the vegetation is new and lush. As you travel through the open grass field, you get a sense of what the rancher experiences as he's going to maintain his well and check on his cattle.


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1. Smith Draw Cutoff East Trailhead (0 mi)
Begining of Smith Draw Cutoff at the est end off of Smith Draw.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Hill City, South Dakota

Turn north onto East Main Street which will shortly turn into Deerfield Road. Stay on Deerfield Road for 5.3 miles and veer left/west to remain on Deerfield Road for an additional 3.3 miles. Turn left/south onto East Slate Road for 4.2 miles and veer left onto Medicine Mountain Road. After 1.2 miles turn right/southwest onto Six Mile Road. 6.3 miles in on Six Mile Road turn left/south on to Smith Draw. Follow Smith Draw for another 3.5 miles (Waypoint 7) and you will be at the Smith Draw Cutoff trailhead.


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Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson

Mapping Crew - Colorado and South Dakota

Bradley and Rhea are currently living in the quaint little town of Fairburn, South Dakota with their two daughters, Riley and Dakota, and their dog Nyx. Bradley was raised in Northern Colorado, while Rhea was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Growing up in these environments, the mountains are where they like to spend their free time. Since meeting in July 2011, they have been fishing, camping, and wheeling together ever since. For the Mikkelson family, owning a Jeep is essential to the mountaineering lifestyle. They currently have three Jeeps, a built 1995 Jeep Cherokee, A mildly built 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a bone-stock 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As a volunteer wildland firefighter, TrailsOffroad mapping crew and avid nature lovers, the Mikkelson's strongly encourage responsible trail usage, respect for our forests, always stay the trail, pack out what you pack in, and enjoy the adventure!
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