Carson Draw Trail System Trailhead (Trail #87)


  • Off the Beaten Path

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    The Carson Draw Trail System, just outside of Sundance, WY, is a four-season, non-motorized system of trails that wind through Carson Draw. From spring to fall, the trails are busy with hikers, mountain bikers, and horse riders. These "off the beaten path" trails offer solitude to those searching for a more primitive trail experience. Users may find that these trails are much like the Sundance Trail System in their beauty and serenity and offer an even greater level of solitude. Pine, aspen, and oak stands surround the trails and provide diverse habitats for the abundant wildlife in the area, such as elk, deer, bobcats, turkeys, and a mixture of winter songbirds. In the winter, the Carson Draw Trail System, with a combination of level stretches and fairly steep descents, offers some great cross-country skiing and snowshoeing options. This quiet and non-busy trail system provides cross-country skiers with a five-mile loop.

NOTE: The Carson Draw Trail System is groomed throughout the winter by volunteers with the local Sundance Nordic Ski Club. Conditions may vary from day to day and week to week. For updated trail information, interested skiers are welcome to call the Bearlodge Ranger District directly at (307) 283-1361 / Black Hills National Forest - Offices (usda.gov).  

Historically, parts of the trail date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, as miners and homesteaders used the area for settlement in the Bearlodge Mountains. The trail system is named for one of these early families – the Carsons. 

  • Carson Cut-Across Trail, 0.7 mile, Difficulty Rating: Moderate.
  • Carson Draw Trail, 3.8 miles, Difficulty Rating: Moderate.
  • Carson Draw Spur 1, 1.0 mile, Difficulty Rating: Moderate.
  • Carson Draw Spur 2, 2.0 miles, Difficulty Rating: Moderate.

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Mountain Biking

To access the Carson Draw Trail System from Sundance, take Highway 14 west one mile to FSR 838. Travel north on FSR 838 two miles to the trailhead which is on the west side of the road.

The trail system is maintained for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and cross-country skiing. Motorized vehicle traffic is not allowed, however some portions of trails follow existing Forest Service roads open for motorized use.  Difficulty Rating: Moderate.

Day Hiking

To access the Carson Draw Trail System from Sundance, take Highway 14 west one mile to FSR 838. Travel north on FSR 838 two miles to the trailhead which is on the west side of the road.

The trail system is maintained for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and cross-country skiing. Motorized vehicle traffic is not allowed, however some portions of trails follow existing Forest Service roads open for motorized use.  Difficulty Rating: Moderate.


 

Horse Riding

This rugged but serene country is ideal for horseback riding. The secluded trails provide one of the most primitive recreational opportunities in the Black Hills. Water for horses is normally available along many of the trails.

To access the Carson Draw Trail System from Sundance, take Highway 14 west one mile to FSR 838. Travel north on FSR 838 two miles to the trailhead which is on the west side of the road.

The trail system is maintained for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and cross-country skiing. Motorized vehicle traffic is not allowed, however some portions of trails follow existing Forest Service roads open for motorized use.  Difficulty Rating: Moderate.

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Cross-country skiers have become major users for the area's winter activities. They find smooth, fast, and fairly steep descents as well as tranquil level stretches. The Forest Service grooms a five-mile loop of the Carson Draw Trail System when conditions are favorable.

To access the Carson Draw Trail System from Sundance, take Highway 14 west one mile to FSR 838. Travel north on FSR 838 two miles to the trailhead which is on the west side of the road.

The trail system is maintained for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and cross-country skiing. Motorized vehicle traffic is not allowed, however some portions of trails follow existing Forest Service roads open for motorized use.  Difficulty Rating: Moderate.

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  Latitude : 
44.425806

  Longitude : 
-104.425456