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1 day ago

The best part of lovers leap trail was the views from the top. Wow!!!! If you want to shorten your hike, when you get to the split go left. When you get to the viewpoint turn and go back. By going right you will see a cool stream, perfect for dipping your toes. We saw a deer in this portion. There is a lot of poison ivy on the stream side of the trail. Wear long socks.

The views of the needles were stunning on this hike. Wildflowers, stream crossing and spots to climb rocks on your way up a moderate hike. Lined with wild raspberries, it made it easy to stop and take a look around you. When you get to the trail signs, you are surrounded by granite needles. Meandering is highly recommended.

Started from Willow Creek trailhead in horse camp vice the recommended start here. Note that the transition from trail 8 to Lost Cabin (trail 2?) is not marked, there is only a slight foot path that will lead you to a turnaround, and from there you turn left and jump on the trail. I had a good time on this hike, but I bumped it down to a 3 due to trail condition. Parts of Lost Cabin were so heavily grown over that it felt like bushwacking. Same with 9 north, though not nearly as bad. Hiked up and ran down as able in 6 hours. Start early to avoid the worst of the heat. No water sources except streams where you need to treat. Go upcreek to avoid the worst of the horse contamination. Have fun out there.

Stunning trail! I’m very uncoordinated, so the boulders near the water gave me some issues, but there are plenty of handrails to hold onto. Many water crossings and great views. Variations in terrain make this trail a lot of fun.

Great trail and amazing views, particularly atop Little Devil.

Only 2.8 miles even says that at the trail head and is listed as strenuous. A good trail did it counter clockwise and that is definitely the more difficult way. Not a good trail if you have little ones and dogs should NOT be allowed!

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful scenery; hands down one of my favorite trails in South Dakota!

Beautiful view at top!

Beautiful Scenery!

Did this trail in reverse, up 9 and down 4. #9 was wide and in great condition; amazing views. #4 was narrow and less traveled but with some beautiful views of the Cathedral Spires. Took it slow and easy with my 4 year old hiking alongside. Round trip was about 4 hours.

Nice 2 hour hike with varied terrain and views, met only one group, this during Sturgis week.

hiking
4 days ago

A interesting hike, although it's not for seeing badlands. It's so dry in the trail. I thought I was in another planet.

One of the best hikes in the Black Hills.

Great trail! Followed water the entire time. We had lunch at the water, it was beautiful time!

Challenging but worth it!

hiking
6 days ago

Worth it.

This trail takes a little effort, but is not overly difficult. The views are amazing and there are plenty of opportunities for rock scrambling. Parking is somewhat limited, so the trail does not get overly busy.

Great trail with beautiful views. I did this with my 63 year old parents and while it did take a bit longer than expected everyone enjoyed it. Not much shade after the first couple of miles, so be prepared. I recommend packing a lunch and bringing plenty of water. Several great places near the fire tower at the summit to sit, eat and enjoy the views.

Beautiful trail through buffalo-inhabited prairie. Watch for POISON IVY. The trail starts out going right through one of the largest poison ivy patches I've seen to date. Aside from the poison ivy, this trail is a nice easy hike. NOT recommended for beginners who can't spot the poison ivy.

hiking
8 days ago

Spectacular hike with amazingly lush terrain (due to the over abundance of rain) on the way to the peak.. The peak offered views of SD and Wyoming. Definitely worth the time!

Check out a few of the breweries in Spearfish as a reward!

Awesome fun trail! Easy!

Loved the views!!!!!

Did this trail and loved it. Great views

Great walk-in fishing for trout. Usually not crowded.

Trails were a little muddy which was the only trouble I seen while hiking. Would highly recommend hiking this trail some very spectacular views.

First time out there and trail 9 was everything we hoped it would be! Come prepared for some mud and an afternoon thunderstorm

hiking
12 days ago

There are 2 Legion Lake Trails. One, the one I believe listed here, starts at the Legion Lake Campground travels straight up for 1/2 mile and then loops back down for 1/2 mile. There is no view at the top. The trees are tall and all you can see is trees, no lake. Kind of disappointing. 5 year old did not like this hike! 7 & 9 tolerated it because they are old enough to know that one foot in front of the other is the best way through it. Also it's not always easy to see the trail but the markers are easy to follow. That was a good lesson for the kids. Sometimes you have to look up to see the trail! The Legion Lake trail around Legion lake is a nice little stroll. When we'd head to the swim beach we'd go right from the entrance, around the lake, over the little dam and then to the swim beach. This is easy and pretty and gives a variety of views of the lake.

What a great hike! I began at 5:45 pm tonight and made it up #4 in exactly 90 minutes (didn’t stop). I took #9 down and made it back with 45 minutes of daylight. The hike was worth every minute, and I only saw a total of six people on the entire hike.

Great trail. Hiked with wife and four sons (15, 14, 11, and 8). Kids loved the rock scrambles. Views were amazing the whole way up and down. Seemed longer than 1.6. Sign there says 2.2 round trip. Would have been 5 stars but trailhead was jammed, limited parking. Hiked today, a Tuesday in July.

This was an amazing trail to hike! My father and I spent the morning of our trip to the black hill here and couldn’t have asked for a better trail.

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