Flume Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Flume Trail is a 23.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rapid City, SD that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

23.2 miles 2322 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

ice climbing

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Section 1 6.6 miles Loop A 2.7 miles Section 2 0.6 miles Loop B 3.8 miles Section 3 3.8 miles Overlook 0.9 miles The historic Flume Trail takes you back in time to the mining boom of the 1880s. The Rockerville Flume carried water 20 miles, from Spring Creek west of present day Sheridan Lake, east to the placer diggings near Rockerville. The flume operated until 1885, and enabled miners to take over $20 million in gold. The trail follows the actual flume bed for much of its length. Along the way you'll see historic artifacts and parts of the flume itself.


21 days ago

hiking

I really enjoyed this trail, got lost a couple times between 89/50, had to back track from the river towards the actual Flume trail to the two tunnels. It was 8:00 by the time I got to the second tunnel, and had to beat the sun back to the parking lot. Plus, had a large 30 minute thunderstorm roll in right away but kept to only slightly wet because of the tree cover.

I really wish it had more signage but overall a beautiful trail that lead to great photography and sightseeing. Hopefully I tackle more of the trail in the future and with more planning on my part in terms of sunlight hours.


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1 month ago

hiking

Some beautiful views and fair amount of shade as long as you time it early enough in the day. Definitely need to explore it some more, went long enough to find the water for the puppy (water was beautiful!) and headed back. Biggest down fall is the lack of trail signs.


1 month ago

hiking

Nice trail but I must have taken a wrong turn and ended up on a bike path. Oops. Still beautiful though.


3 months ago

hiking

What a great trail! Love the different sights. Just wish there were more signs.


3 months ago

hiking

This has been one of my favorite hikes for years. It's accessible and very mild for non hikers. But can definitely be challenging if you do the full trail, which to clarify is only 14 miles not 23. After mile 4 the trail markers become sparse and it's easy to lose the trail but at about mile 8 the trail becomes well marked again.
This trail is incredibly diverse and takes you through beautiful scenery. Looking forward to doing the full trail again this weekend.


3 months ago

AWESOME!!


5 months ago

Hiked this trail with Regina. I loved this trail and want to do it again when the snownis gone so we can get to the lake.


5 months ago


5 months ago

Had a great hike on this trail & we met our FitBit goal! Yay!!!


5 months ago

We love this trail system, it is good from one end to the other!


6 months ago

hiking

It's a nice trail. I went the other day and all the bridges are out to get across the creek. I started at spring creek trailhead


6 months ago

Rode my mounting bike on it it was pretty fun a little challenging on a bike though


6 months ago

hiking

Amazing trail. Great views and very level due to flume history.


1 year ago

hiking

Haven't hiked this trail in a LONG time, but LOVED hiking this trail as a child. So many great views/tunnels/exciting things to see. (:


2 years ago

Really fun hike with the tunnels and lake. We finally got at the end and sadly lost the trail. But the serenity and tranquil last part really made the
Day. A fun hike allow 5 hours and enjoy!


2 years ago

Very pretty trail, slightly hard to navigate with many signs down, but the tunnels were really cool and the lake was beautiful. Not a very difficult hike, but many trails to spend an entire day exploring.


3 years ago

hiking

Nice flat trail for beginning, relaxing overnight backpacking. But can be accomplished in a day if you rush it. Dog friendly. Named after a Bon iver song(lol). Also no horses which is kind of nice. Nice and close to town too.