wild flowers

kid friendly





nature trips


dogs on leash


horseback riding

trail running

Great trail! Beautiful this time of year!

Solid trail. Took it backwards with my dogs, and ended up going out to the outlook (totally worth it) going backward all the hard work is front loaded so most of the hike is quite leisurely.

one of my favorites

18 days ago

Great trail! Its incredible how much time and effort must have gone into that flume back in the day. On some parts of the trail you can still see the wood used to build the flume. No shortage of wildlife on this trail! Its a must do in your in the area

Fantastic hike. Went on a clear day and the view from the top was well worth the time and effort. Its a must do hike if your in the area

The 7.7 miles is a lie, I clocked 9.1 from the parking lot. Lots of ups and downs, the view from the top was worth it, but the cold lake on the feet and lower legs were the best part.

18 days ago

A great wooded hike with awesome views at the peak and on the way up

It was a good hike and a must do for anyone in the vicinity. There are some amazing views from the top and some of the rock formations are breathtaking. The hike itself was easy to moderate, there were people of all ages on the trail. I did get some company for lunch when a mountain goat and her kid showed up and hung around for a bit. I loved the hike but a few too many people around for my liking. I love the seclusion of the wilderness and this was more of a tourist destination. I went during a weekday to avoid as many people as possible but there were still quite a few.

23 days ago

Very easy family friendly hike. Both loops averaged to around 3.5 miles. There are some beautiful views of Pactola Lake and a couple benches along the trail to enjoy them.

25 days ago

Awesome hike. We did this in mid June and it was beautiful. There's a mix of very steep to flat surfaces along the trail. The last leg is the hardest and basically straight up. My fitbit said i had climbed 237 floors by the end of the hike and it took us about 4 hours to complete. We do some hiking but I wouldn't call us experienced and we made it through this hike. The views at the top are worth every bit of discomfort on the way up. Every time your turn around the view and landscape has changed.

Best hike so far in the Black Hills. Every step it seemed there was a new awe inspiring view. The trail is rather easy, very little elevation, a bit rocky in places. At one point the trail diverges into an upper and lower trail, I took both and they were both equally amazing. The upper trail gave some amazing views of the canyon while the lower trail ran closer to the creek and had some amazing views of the water. The creek is clear and you can see the brook trout swimming around. Even was able to get a few pictures of them swimming around. It seemed the hike took longer than it should have because there was always something to get a picture of. I think I got over 300 pictures on this hike.

We have done this hike twice and would definitely go back.
Tough but not too tough! Would definitely go back. Lots of landscape and elevation changes.

Very easy trail. We came in on the lakeside and the trail was a total of 6 miles, 3 one way. It's the highest point in South Dakota, and the elevation gain was around 750 ft. Great views from the top. All of the land around is very low, so the view is excellent for taking in all of the black hills and surrounding plains.

Take the sun up trail to buzzards roost then take the south rim trail back

I only went as far as the falls. Beautiful falls an easy hike to get to it. Spearfish Canyon was beautiful! I'd go again.

Trail was super easy. Took trail #9 to the top and #4 back to trail head. If you've done Estes cone before....this is a walk in the park! We left early, we were second party to show up that morning and five minutes after we got to the top, it poured for 30 minutes and wife "forgot" her rain gear so we were delayed going back down. After the rain cleared and clouds very nice crisp views!

I did 26 miles on the trail by bike from Hill City--13 one way and 13 back. 55 minutes of a slight incline at moderate difficulty, followed by half hour of flying down the other side. (Turned back.) Then 50 minutes back up at a greater incline (really hard for me at this point), followed by coasting for another hour. It was a peaceful, gorgeous ride going north out of Hill City. Just know what you are getting into. I just hope I can still walk tomorrow.