Horse Thief Lake Trail

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Horse Thief Lake Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Keystone, SD that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles 663 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

This hike is off the beaten path and then off that beaten path. There are no maintained trails and you have to hop some fences. The view at the top is absolutely worth it. There are some tight holes you have to crawl through and some treacherous cliffs to navigate.

1 month ago

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3 years ago

Well i sure loved this trail but it is by no means for everyone. Honestly its mostly bushwhacking and scrambling but if your looking for a challenge this is for you. We went early spring and the frozen waterfalls were insane and the view down the valley what beautiful. Take pine creek up through black elk until you hit #5 then walk till you see the giant cliff on your left and start searching your way through till you get to the top.