Spearfish, SD, July 17, 2019 – Steve Kozel, Northern Hills District Ranger, signed a decision approving a proposal to add the non-motorized Tinton trail, located near Spearfish, SD to the official National Forest System (NFS).
The Tinton trail was proposed for addition to the non-motorized NFS in 2018 by the local user group, Ridge Riders of the Black Hills.
“The trail has been in existence since 2001 and has been used for permitted recreation events, mountain biking, running, hiking and horseback riding. Over time, use has increased and by adding it to the system, the Forest Service can better address trail design, maintenance and signage while working with partners,” said Kozel. “It’s also a logical addition to the trail system because of its proximity to the city of Spearfish.”
The new system consists of the main Tinton trail stem and loop, a branch trail that connects to the Crow Peak trail, and a short loop trail that originates at the Northern Hills Work Center trailhead and provides a scenic overlook of Johnston Gulch. The Tinton trail network includes approximately 46 miles of trail. Around 11 miles of the Tinton trail overlap existing system trails at Big Hill, Rimrock, and Old Baldy which would add 35 miles of new trail to the NFS.
The main portion of the Tinton trail already exists on the ground, so minimal trail construction is required. Ridge Riders of the Black Hills will help with new trail construction and maintenance of the trail. Signs and trail markers will be installed in the future and trail brochures will be printed to assist the public in navigation.
The project decision is available online: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55369.