Experience the Mickelson Trail on snowshoes

PIERRE, S.D. – Winter is a beautiful time to explore the Black Hills, and what better way than snowshoeing on the George S. Mickelson Trail? The trail will host four snowshoe hikes this winter.

Hikes will be held at 1 p.m. MST on Jan. 8 and Jan. 22. Both will start at the Englewood Trailhead. Snowshoe hikes also will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 5 and Feb. 26, with the location yet to be determined. Call the Black Hills Trails Office at 605-584-3896 for more information and the location of those hikes.

Staff will teach basic snowshoeing skills while leading a nature walk along the trail.

“We have a limited number of snowshoes available for participants to use,” said Dana Garry, Mickelson Trail manager. “We have had great turnouts for snowshoe hikes in the past, so it’s important to sign up early to make sure you get a pair. There is no previous experience needed. If you can walk, you can snowshoe!”

“We’d also like to remind people that snowshoes are available for check-out anytime, not just during guided hikes,” Garry said.

There is no cost for the hikes, although a trail pass is required. Both day and annual trail passes will be available for purchase before the hikes begin. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather.

For a full listing of events for 2011, visit the state parks website at www.gfp.sd.gov or call 605-773-3391.

— From a state Department of Game, Fish and Parks news release

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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