Bicycling Magazine Good Ride in Badlands: The Maah Daah Hey Trail, North Dakota 

Riding the Maah Daah Hey Trails involves more than 160 miles and 13,000 feet of climbing and descending over remote, flat-topped buttes, vast grasslands, and wide-open cattle ranges through Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Little Missouri National Grasslands.


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Author: mapeditor
Date: 28 Oct 2011 12:48:47 PM
Source: Trimble Outdoors website
Activity: Mountain Biking
State: North Dakota (ND)
Distance: 121.21 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 10366 ft
Total Loss: 10456 ft
Net Change: -90 ft
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Tags: Grassy Butte, North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

If the Maah Daah Hey was in Utah or Colorado, it might rank as the country’s most popular trail. Instead, this 160-mile-long swath of singletrack rambles across the remote badlands of North Dakota, far from the mountain bike masses.
 
The trail swoops across flat-topped buttes, vast grasslands, and wide-open cattle ranges. Along the way, mountain bikers descend multi-colored striated hills and pass through sandstone hoodoos that—like enormous chess pawns—seem to stand guard over broad valleys. Rarely will you encounter another rider.
 
Much of the trail is formed from betonite clay, which makes for a fast and smooth surface. But this is no cakewalk: Riding the Maah Daah Hey involves more than 13,000 feet of climbing and descending. "You're in a constant state of up or down," says Nancy Morlock of Escape Adventures, which runs multi-day trips on the trail.
 
The trail’s remote location and formidable length make solo missions difficult. But you can cruise unencumbered by joining one of Escape’s trips. Guides will lead you between pre-stocked camps, shuttle your gear and even tune your bike each night, leaving you free to groove on the strangely scenic wide-open spaces.

—Stephen Regenold
 
Sign Up: Escape Adventures, escapeadventures.com
Length of Trip: 5 Days
Cost: $1,245
Best Time to Go: June, August-September

Position Format: Datum:
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MDH 1

Distance: 25.49 mi Points: 2514
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

MDH 2

Distance: 23.39 mi Points: 2041
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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MDH 3

Distance: 22.36 mi Points: 2201
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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MDH 4

Distance: 21.93 mi Points: 2295
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

MDH 5

Distance: 28.04 mi Points: 2521
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

Start: Section 1

Location: 47.584805, -103.277063

End: Section 1

Location: 47.433313, -103.356028

Start: Section 2

Location: 47.432790, -103.342981

End: Section 2

Location: 47.322098, -103.482885

Start: Section 3

Location: 47.307550, -103.472714

End: Section 3

Location: 47.055593, -103.587556

Start: Section 4

Location: 47.055563, -103.586998

Start: Section 5

Location: 46.915096, -103.525543

Start/End: Section 5

Location: 47.055505, -103.587599

Start/End: Section 4

Location: 47.229128, -103.667850


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