Looking for a great trail in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota? AllTrails has 47 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 19 easy trails in Black Hills National Forest ranging from 0.6 to 22 miles and from 3,562 to 7,129 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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loved this trail. very dog friendly. bring water for your dogs however no river or water source

hiking
1 day ago

Easy hike with beautiful views of Pactola. We have two small dogs and they loved it!

Easy trail, good for everyone. Awesome views of the bowl.

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muddy
snow
2 days ago

Decent trail. More touristy than expected! Easy access, or use the left side of the stream for a more outdoorsy experience. There is still snow and ice on that side so wear appropriate footwear if going that route.

Nice trail little muddy in spots but still passable. Late afternoon noon was the perfect time to go.

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muddy
snow
6 days ago

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muddy
rocky
snow
6 days ago

If you start on the Flume trail, it will lead you to the loop, which makes the total hike approx. 7 miles. 4/14/2019

Loads of snow on the second half. I'd recommend going down the way you come for the next couple of days.

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bugs
rocky
11 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail. Did find a few ticks but that’s to be expected for the Black Hills in the spring. Brought my children, ages 11 and 13, and they loved it. Not for someone looking for an “easy” hike as there is a steep hill, but it was one my family will probably complete again.

Ps: If you do hike this, please, please carry out anything you take in, keep the Black Hills beautiful!

hiking
13 days ago

Trail conditions from Little Elk TH to Dalton on 4/6/19 were perfect. I was on the trail early am, so the ground was hard enough I had no problems with mud. Very little snow/ice on trail, and almost all areas could be stepped around. The creek is high but no obstructions of the trail. Absolutely perfect morning.

hiking
13 days ago

Trail conditions from Little Elk to Dalton on 4/6/19 were perfect. I was on the trail early am, so the ground was hard enough I had no problems with mud. Very little snow/ice on trail, and almost all areas could be stepped around. The creek is high but no obstructions of the trail. Absolutely perfect morning.

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
13 days ago

We ended up coming down in the dark for almost the last two hours after getting socked in, shortly after starting our descent. A really incredibly beautiful, diverse hike that I very much look forward to repeating in summer weather. We were there in October... We also started off later than planned, thus leading to the (in hindsight predictable) afternoon storm... We know better! Start early.

Great trail with the dog. A little snowy and icy at mile 4-6 but great views today. Trail has perfect amount of sun and shade.

Such a beautiful trail!! Great scenery throughout!

Great hike with some gorgeous views. Took about 5 hours to complete, which included a detour up and down Boulder Peak and cutting a good chunk of the Flume Trail hike trail via Boulder Peak Road because we were worried about losing sunlight due to a late start.

Very good trail conditions as of today, with very little snow (only a couple small patches that weren’t deep).

I’d highly recommend downloading the All Trail maps or have a phone/GPS with topographic maps and the trail route saved. Some of the trail markers are pretty difficult to spot and the trails aren’t very intuitive in some spots. Checking my saved hike route via my phone GPS definitely helped our hike and confidence in staying on trail.

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

I would recomend this trail to anyone looking for a trail a few minutes from the city. Dog and kid friendly. with an amazing overlook. it was a little muddy but it is spring

hiking
off trail
15 days ago

I've done this trail twice now - once in the spring and once in the fall. This trail is one of my favourites in the Black Hills. the view point is beautiful and rewarding once you get there!

Currently covered with snow. Small patches of trail exposed.

trail running
19 days ago

3/27/2019: Nice single track trail through the bottom of Hell Canyon winding along the back side and near the top. Unfortunately, you never summit the ridgeline, but there are still some worthwhile views. Minimal snow, just one knee high drift near the top. The area is still quite devastated by the 2000 Jasper fire but is recovering.

Ticks are already active. I found three dog ticks on myself before departing.

hiking
20 days ago

Spectacular views. There was snow on trail on this day so cleats and poles were helpful. Sunny day so temps were perfect. Took a right toward harney peak. Steep elevation but very doable. This trail is better with cool temps.

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail, a little muddy and even snowed over but sill was a lot of fun. Not for small children as the path is overgrown and you must cross the stream a number of times but if you stop right when you hit the stream it is great for all levels. I forgot to stop recording at the end so it looks like the trail was 11 miles. It was only 5-7 and took about 4 hours

Hiked 3/26. There is a fairly well developed monorail for the entire duration of Trail #9 (the NW loop segment). Windy but beautiful at the top. The rock formations remind me of the fins seen at Arches NP. The lookout tower is open for observation. Nice CCC stonework.

Heading down from the peak, I was determined to make it a loop, despite no footprints on the trail #3 connection. Snow depth varied from shin to thigh, mostly post holing the way, with the exception of a few spots with exposed trail. No human footprints until just before reaching the cathedral spires. The trail is marked well enough, but with no footprints to follow, GPS offers some reassurance. Little Devil's Tower is a worthwhile side trip.

Interesting educational signs on the ecology of the mountain pine beetle.

We hiked this trail during late winter/early spring (mid-March) on snowshoes. Trail was about 1.5 feet wide but pretty easy terrain. Nice view of the falls and plenty of benches to sit (or nap) and enjoy the spring sunshine. I think the “wide, paved” trail everyone is mentioning was the snowmobile trail during the winter. Maybe it open up as the main trail in the spring and summer?

Went today 3/20. Snow packed down in most places. We had treads and were mostly fine but most people just wore boots. Wanted to do the loop but #4 was snowed in and not traversed at all. Taking #9 down was a little brutal for some reason - maybe the redundancy - but amazing vistas and views. We spent about 5 hours including a 1 hour rest at the top and many sporadic rests throughout.

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snow
1 month ago

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snow
1 month ago

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