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I'm not sure about anyone else but I had a hard time finding the trailhead. I read on another website on how to find it. Not sure if this correct as there were no markers at all. We parked at mile marker 24255 near and "X" mark the spot sign. There is a small little area to park off the road. We crossed a fence and followed a trail. Came to what appeared to be an old road, took a right, walked about 1/4-1/2 mile and found trail again on left. Definitely gets your heart-rate pumping. LOTS of wild raspberries on the trail. Beautiful view!!!
One of, if not the hardest trail I've done here. '76 trail in Spearfish Canyon is near the same difficulty. When you're hiking up don't forget to turn around and take in the amazing view. The top has a fantastic view of Harney Peak and Little Devils Tower. I recommend wearing pants or else your legs will get tore up. If you do the hike, have fun!
My kids (5&8) and I completed this trail on May 17, 2015. This is a great trail for all ages. Trail conditions were a little bit wet, due to heavy snow falls a week prior. The creek was running full steam and the waterfalls was beautiful.. Quite a few down trees from the winter storms and Highwinds, we just call these obstacles and more of an venture.
Not a bad trail! It is quite the workout when working up the incline, but has some pretty views. Very sad how much devastation the pine beetles have caused and it could use some clipping as there are a lot of saplings that are growing over into the trail, but an overall great hike!
We ended up hiking this trail because that's where our GPS took us when we were supposed to be going to Willow Creek. (go past Palmer Creek Road, half mile towards Mount Rushmore across from KOA campground)
Made it to the top (Black Forest Wilderness Area Sign) with my seven-year-old, he's a trooper!! After reading some other reviews I wish we would've seen the abandon mine at the top in the meadow. This was a pretty decent Trail, if you truly want to see how aggressive and powerful mother nature can be due to pine beetles and heavy snowstorms this is the trail (lots and lots of downed trees) looks like the Forest Service is in the works of getting it all cleaned up still.. I would say if your looking for a good up hill work out, hit this trail up.
Be Safe out their
I combined the Lost Cabin trail with the Harney Peak South and North trails for a great loop. The Harney peak from Sylvan Lake was crowded but but the rest of the loop I only met 2 other hikers. It was a great mix of scenery and terrain. 4 stars instead of 5 due to the heavy use from the horse camp on the north end. Watch your step! The link is to my tracks.
Robin M. on Deerfield Lake Loop Trail
Just a great hike! Did not expect much at first but the longer we went the better it got. Lots of vegetation changes and views of this beautiful lake. Went past some great primitive camping site one guy out fishing in an inflatable. Lake is stocked with trout limit one. Somehow this turned into about a 14 miler and as mentioned the trail
Markings while generally good get sketchy in places. We lost the trail once and had to follow a fence line to
Regain. Not much elevations but overall fun!
Lost cabin trail is a lightly used trail that can also be used by horses. I started at the Palmer Creek trail head where there is plenty of parking. It begins at about 5100 ft and climbs to around 6200 ft were it flattens out in a meadow area. The climb is strenuous and includes steep switchbacks but if you want a real workout and want to lose the crowds this is for you. Near the meadow there is an abandoned mine that's fun to find. The meadow would be a good place to camp if it weren't for the deep depressions of old cattle hoof prints from when cattle used to roam the area. After the meadow the trail comes to a Y and if you want to go to Harney Peak bear left (east) where it will join Harney Peak #9 on the steeper portion of Harney Peak trail. If you want to go to Sylvan lake bear right on the #2 spur where after a short gradual climb on an abandoned 4 wheel drive road it joins Harney Peak #9 at a lower elevation. I give this a 4 star rating for the solitude away from the masses of Harney #9
Not a 2 mile hike as the description suggests, much closer to 5 miles. There is quite a lot of elevation gain and wind had recently gone through, causing greater difficulty with fallen trees on the path. None the less, great views of the Black Elk Wilderness and area to the west of it. About halfway through it levels out as well.