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great hike - LOTS of poison ivy by the creek though...

Did this hike on Monday. There was not a ‘closed due to tornado’ sign where we started the hike. . There should have been since we climbed over, around and through at least 40 trees and branches on the trail. The sign was at the end of the trail. It will be an awesome hike when cleaned up.

Hiked today 7-10, temps were high but it was windy enough to stay pleasant. Based on recommendations, we went counterclockwise and agree with the recommendation. There were quite a few ticks on the lower level but with hats and buddy checks we managed it pretty easily. We saw a herd of big horn sheep on the upper portion, they were below us on their own ledge. Very cool hike with spectacular vistas.

beautiful trail but the map shown on AllTrails is NOT ACCURATE. do not try to do this counterclockwise, just go to the trailhead (across the street from the natue education center, which is where the map above says it starts, but it actually doesnt).

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this trail July 4th, 2018. it was a gorgeous hike with temperatures in the low 80's. The area has gotten a lot of rain lately so there were lots of little stream crossings, but nothing more than 2 feet wide. Trail was a little muddy in some areas and overgrown a little as well, but it was always easy to see the trail. The last leg will have you breathing hard, but the views are worth it.

hiking
12 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous! The views at the top are amazing and walking by the creek was refreshing after doing so many inclines.

There are many river crossings, all had bridges as of July 2018.

There is a ton of poison ivy down by the creek and you can't avoid it, so wear pants and boots if possible.

Well marked, peaceful

Poorly marked. We couldn’t find the trail about a mile in, partially due to lots of downed trees. Ended up turning around after that.

No complaints here (bring wipes to wipe your legs down with if you’re wearing shorts/capris)! The hail storm at the end was an added bonus. I think it was a little harder than moderate only due to the fact that I’ve had a joint replaced in my foot recently so it took me longer than planned and I stopped for pictures. Well worth it! If you want the harder stuff first go left.

It was a beautiful loop hike but the 3 of us were covered with ticks when we returned to the parking lot. And we had applied spray.

I really like this hike and only give it a low rating because if the quantity of ticks. Views are beautiful from top and bottom of the canyon. Lots of wildflowers and birds and massive amounts of ticks even with bug repellent.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike, some spots were strenuous. Lots of poison ivy by the creek. Not very crowded. We didn’t count, but there are lots of creek crossings. Enjoyed the view at the top.

mountain biking
24 days ago

We attempted this loop yesterday on mountain bikes. Very beautiful in places, however very overgrown with tons of fallen trees. In spots we were just walking our bikes and carrying them over trees, easily >30. Overall the area is very scenic with waterfalls nearby to visit on foot as well.

hiking
28 days ago

lots and lots of poison ivy, sumac and oak on a narrow trail around the river. It is everywhere a long the trail and didn't know until we were there. Hiked it in shorts with kids in shorts and we were very careful not to touch anything. Beautiful view, dont miss the small scramble to summit and see the view. It was an easy hike.

Finally stopped raining so back to hiking... My son and I made a wrong turn or should I say didn’t turn... lol ... when we should have ... and kept going up & up and up and up ... whew ... so when we got to the top we took a couple of pics and decided to just go down, down, down... and call it a day...
We were pretty beat... I’m old and he’s young and taking a week off was a mistake rain or no rain... :)

What a great challenging hike!

Go down the left path after you park your car and then right at the rocks that block atvs. My daughter and I made cairns to mark it! You follow the path past the rocks a ways until you see a fence and a sign that says “no motor vehicles”. After going under the fence it felt sort of otherworldly! My daughter said it is a magical place. It’s covered in moss and the creek is beautiful. I highly recommend this hike. As with most amazing places it is not the easiest to get to. I took my five year old, and she had no trouble. Younger than that might not be the best idea because the rocks on the path can cause you to lose your footing easily.

Loved it a great walk with some terrific views

Best trail I've hiked in 5 years here in sd.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike ... glad we went counter clockwise.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail!

trail running
2 months ago

more of a moderate loop network of wide dirt/grass trails thru pasture and tall pine stands. good for the novice as footing is good and climbs aren't that steep. loops allow you to add on muiles if you want ant trailhead just about 8 miles from Spearfish.

A lot of fallen trees that block the trail. You can climb over them but these just make it more challenging. Beautiful scenery but no wildlife today

2 months ago

Fun, great views and lots of plants and wildlife. Rocky trails with lots of ups and downs. Definitely need the trail map if you have not hiked before as there are several forked paths that can be confusing. Can’t wait to do again when more blooming happening.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike!

I really enjoyed hiking the clockwise direction. hiking along the rim the views were spectacular then the descent into the canyon itself through the pines was a welcoming change of scenery.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Snow depth was amazing. NOAA stated 40"-50", I would say closer to 30"! Still a beautiful and moderately strenuous snowshoe adventure. My nephew tagged along, but doesn't own snowshoes and struggled the entire time. Plenty of great looping/crossing trails that are reasonably marked but as a first time visitor to the area, they come up a bit short. Found myself relying heavily on GPS. I suspect these trails to be much more easy to navigate without snow cover but then we wouldn't be snowshoeing. Due to the low number of reviews/photos, I did not have a high expectation for the area. However, it exceeded my expectations in accessibility and beauty. I would definitely snowshoe or hike this area again.

Pretty nice trail along a creek, then climbing up to a beautiful lookout.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Very cool! Multiple trails that loop together. Very well marked and maps at most major intersections. Excellent snowshoe and cross country trails in winter.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Great snow and trail.

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