The Nebraska National Forest has nearly 80 miles of trails in the greater Pine Ridge Trail system, besides the Bison Trail at Toadstool Geologic Park. The best map for all these trails may be purchased at the National Forest Office in Chadron. The first map below shows the Pine Ridge Trail and the Roberts Loop Trail. The next map below shows Soldier Creek’s trail system just west of Fort Robinson.
The Pine Ridge Trail itself was envisioned by some of the original proponents as a public use trail between Chadron and Crawford through the forests and summits of the Pine Ridge. While much of the trail is operational, many setbacks have slowed the development, including major forest fires in 2006 and 2012. There are some gaps where right-of-way has not been obtained to complete the trail.
Roberts Loop Trail is the primary access point for the Pine Ridge National Recreation Area. This 3-mile loop trail makes use of a short section of the Pine Ridge Trail near mid-point between the Coffee Mill and East Ash trailheads.
Located just to the west of Fort Robinson State Park, the Soldier Creek Wilderness Area has two main trails – The Boots & Saddle Trail (7 miles long) and the Trooper Trail (nearly 11 miles long). These trails follow streams in some places and ascend to ridges and into canyons. A majority of the traffic on the trail is equestrians, though hikers are always welcome. Mountain biking is not allowed here. For more information, click on this link: Soldier Creek Wilderness Area
National forest trails in the area around The Cliffs are a combination of single track trails and 2-track trails. Most are minimally marked, so you will want a good map along on your hike. You can learn more about these trails at their site by clicking here: Nebraska National Forest Trails
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