This 2017-18 season is dedicated to our good friend and fellow skier Eric Hehner (pictured).

WELCOME SKIERS!! The Eagle Cliff Ski Association was formed to promote nonmotorized winter and summer sports in the Eagle Cliff area. The Association provides plowing for Dead Ox, Raddick and Clayton Draw parking lots as well as trail maintenance and grooming. The Eagle Cliff Ski Association is an all volunteer organization and receives no federal or state funds.

FEBRUARY 19- 8-10″ of new snow. Grooming might not take place until Saturday. Lots will be plowed in time for the weekend.

PLEASE REPORT ANY BLOCKAGE WHILE YOU ARE SKIING OR SNOWSHOEING!

MEMBERS OF THE EAGLE CLIFF SKI ASSOCIATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NORTHERN HILLS RANGER DISTRICT OF THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE HAVE PLACED 30 “YOU ARE HERE” MAPS AT TRAILHEADS AND TRAIL JUNCTIONS ON THE EAGLE CLIFF TRAILS LOCATED TO THE NORTH OF HWY 85. THIS PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO PROVIDE USEFUL SIGNAGE THAT WILL GIVE INDIVIDUALS USING THE TRAILS MORE CONFIDENCE IN THEIR LOCATION AND ENCOURAGE FURTHER EXPLORATION AND USE OF THE THE TRAILS. THE “MAXMETAL” SIGNS WITH LAMINATE OVERLAY ARE UV PROTECTED AND ARE EXPECTED TO LAST THROUGH DECADES OF BLACK HILLS WEATHER AND BE INTACT AND USEFUL FOR FUTURE SKIERS, HIKERS, BIKERS, AND HORSEBACK RIDERS. THIS PROJECT WAS JOINTLY FUNDED BY A GRANT PROCURED FROM THE SOUTH DAKOTA RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM AND FROM DONATIONS MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE EAGLE CLIFF SKI ASSOCIATION.

SHERRY BEA SMITH HOLDS THE OLD TRAIL SIGN AND MICHAEL GOODROAD HOLDS ONE OF THE NEWLY PLACED “YOU ARE HERE” SIGNS.

General Information

Motors and Machines

This trail is not maintained for the use of motorized vehicle traffic.

Fire Safety

In accordance with the Black Hills Fire Protection District Regulations and South Dakota state law, open fires are prohibited throughout the forest.

Stream and Spring Water

Do not drink it! Each trail user should carry at least one quart of water.

Trail Ethics

Please don’t cut across switchbacks or pioneer new trails.

Extreme Weather

Clear sunny days can quickly turn into afternoon thunderstorms. Start trips early in the day and carry raingear.