Explore the most popular hiking trails in Black Hills National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

One of my favorite little hikes to get some fresh air and take in the views!

hiking
1 day ago

Decently hard trail. Most of it is straight up hill and there is a lot of trees blocking some views but still pretty amazing scenery.

hiking
2 days ago

We tried to go up for a sunrise hike yesterday (April 21, 2018) but we didn’t expect it to take so long to get up there. It is 3.29 miles from car to Peak, according to my Apple Watch. If you are in good shape this is still a relatively hard hike. It is straight uphill hike. It has beautiful views and the trail is well established. We are in really good shape and it took us about an hour and half non-stop to get to the top.

Also please remember to keep your dogs on leashes. If your dog is well behaved some people are still scared of dogs. And you do not know how other dogs react to your dog.

We just hiked trail #9 from Sylvan Lake to Black Elk Peak. The trail was snow-covered and muddy, in parts, which made it more difficult than expected. The views at the top were amazing! My husband found a perfect spot to camp for the night, about a half mile down from the peak. Overall, a great hike, but fairly difficult with our 25 lb packs.

trail running
4 days ago

Minimal snow/ice patches at the bottom with obvious trails. Towards the top there were a few areas with more snow but overall a great hike with amazing views!

snowshoeing
9 days 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.

Epic views at the top. Tough hike when there is snow on the ground but well worth it. Dog friendly.

Beautiful views along the entire trail from Sylvan Lake to Black Elk Peak then onto Little Devil's Tower. The trail is relatively difficult, but most people could complete it with plenty of water and time for breaks. Definitely my favorite trail in South Dakota.

hiking
21 days ago

Cool hike! Short and steep! Awesome overlook of the canyon at the top.

Easy and pleasant. Busy on the weekends. Great view of Rapid Creek at the summit.

24 days ago

One of my favorites.

snowshoeing
28 days ago

Great trail for snowshoeing. We took the trail all the way to the top and then took the road to (frozen) Dalton Lake. It was worth the little extra to go up there. There was fresh snow the day we went and it couldn’t have been better! Beautiful trail along the creek. Beautiful canyon scenery.

snowshoeing
29 days ago

Nice easy trail. Very well packed and heavy traffic. There are a couple of spots you can get off the trail with snowshoes but they aren’t necessary if it hasn’t just snowed. There are a couple off shoots of the trail that looked interesting and other trails near by.

snowshoeing
29 days 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.

This is an awesome hike!

on '76 Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike today despite snow on the the trail. There was light/moderate snow pack which helped although there was still some really icy spots. Great views and time with the wife following the work day!

hiking
1 month ago

love this trail! one of my favorites. FYI Bridges are back!

2 months ago

Great trail!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Great snow and trail.

hiking
2 months ago

First time on this trail with the intention of snowshoeing. At the start of the hike it was mostly icy/muddy combination and t-shirt temps. Ended up using crampons for the entire hike and carried the snowshoes. Several sections on the upper portion have a dozen or so trees down across the trail but nothing major to navigate around. Snow storm with winds moved in as we hit the 5,300 ft. elevation. Plenty of Whitetail deer to view and followed one set of older lion tracks on the trail but never spotted it. Snow and low cloud ceiling blocked the views from the summit but was still an amazing snow hike. By time we returned to the trailhead approximate 3"-5" of snow had fallen. Only a couple markers for this trail, but the trail is used enough to remain apparent even with fresh snow falling. Strenuous hike but enjoyable. I will definitely hike this trail again!

awesome hike

not much to see until the very top and it's a very constant uphill slope. seemed very very long, but was a great view... and is said to be haunted so that's a little fun

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Nice relaxing trail in late December. Highly recommended for all skill levels. We had snowshoes but they weren't necessary at all. Snow was packed tight due to traffic.

Beautiful and slightly challenging. Take enough water and trek poles would have been helpful on the way down.

Panoramic views of the best of the black hills!

Amazing trail! If I had to do just one in the hills it’d be this one. Trail is generally pretty moderate, take your time though cause as you near the top it’s pretty steep and rugged. Bring a snack and some coffee to enjoy at the top. Well worth the time

Short and easy. Great view, but trail has a fair amount of trash

on Buzzards Roost

4 months ago

This is a nice trail with many different routes marked.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hiking trail shared with mountain bikes and trail runners. Stay on wide track at start- don’t follow foot trail marked to the left as that will just take you down rabbit trails and dead ends. Keep dog on leash for safety of dog and mountain bikers.

Amazing! I went up 9 and down 4, starting and ending at Sylvan Lake. I did this hike Dec 1 where it was 50 degrees F and sunny. The sun was low in southern sky and seemed to hit the valley off 9 well in the late morning and afternoon sun hit spires and other large needle boulders down path beautifully off 4. You get amazing views of the spires on 4 and can kind of play on them. I skipped little devils head trail. The little jaunt to top of Harney is tough and it sure is windy up there. My favorite part was the spires off 4.

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