Explore the most popular forest 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.

hiking
3 days ago

This was a fun trail to get out and 'explore'. It is very poorly marked but was fun to try to find the right path on. There were a lot of stream crossings (calf high water), so if you go in the near future, plan to get wet - there are not always rocks to jump on to cross so you just ford right through. The falls at the end were beautiful. Fun way to get out and stretch your legs while driving through the canyon.

hiking
8 days ago

This is a poorly marked trail that has many “options” along the way. This trail has rock scrambling and climbing over and ducking under felled trees as well as some steep all dirt (mud if it rains) portions. Be sure to wear hiking boots that will keep your feet dry or Tevas as you WILL have to cross the creek at least once (depending on your route). I recommend this trail be marked as a moderate for the reason stated above. Great hike overall if you’re prepared.

Beautiful trail. I would say this is more medium skill level since there are multiple times you must cross the stream. We took our 1 year old and it was a bit more difficult because of all the crossings.

Easily one of our favor hikes so far in SD. Not an easy hike by any means. Multiple stream crossings and narrow ledges. Took our 3 and 2 year olds. 3 years old walked the whole way, but had to be heavily helped over rocks and ledges. Took a dip at the end. Lovely.

hiking
8 months ago

Variety is good. Easy to get there with many inter weaving trails. Restful and colors a plenty in the fall. Watch out for poison ivy but aside from that is was just perfect.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy to moderate, unmarked, in-out trail that follows the stream along to the 'bathtub' at the end. It is a flat trail BUT does require crossing water back and forth, climbing up/down, through/along rocks the whole way. Wear sturdy shoes and be conscious of the terrain.

You cross the gorgeous mountain stream many times. some light climbing. One of our favorites ever. Keens would really help get over the slippery rocks and stream - better shoes would have saved me a scraped knee. This is moderate, NOT easy. I picked up and carried my preschooler several times. the trail eventually gets kind of dangerous for small kids. we saw the end but didn't go all the way. still enjoyable though to sit and tip you feet in the stream

hiking
8 months ago

This was a wonderful, short trail. Pretty views along the route, no markings & the trail would fork & cross streams so it required being attentive. I also disagree with the "easy" rating. You had to crisscross the stream multiple times requiring traversing rock, logs, hugging cliffs to get through some narrow areas. I would rate it moderate. The "bathtub" at the end was great-had it been a little warmer I might have submerged but just took some pics, there were braver souls swimming in the frigid waters but not me!!

hiking
9 months ago

After hiking Mt Rushmore and Devils Tower, both of which don't allow pets, this is a great hike for those with pets. My lab/shepherd mix enjoyed the exercise. Views are OK, you are in a forest, but there are enough breaks in the trees to see the valleys below. Did not run into anyone else on the trail which made it very peaceful.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike for kids. Glad I read online that there are several trails and all end up leading to the same place, otherwise we would have been confused! There were several other groups up there but it didn't bother us. Myself and my son got in the water! Be prepared for the cold water! think it's an experience you have to try at least once!

Easy and is never busy. Great day hike!

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy and quiet hike. We have never run into anyone while on this trail. Beautiful scenery!

hiking
10 months ago

Serenity-no. Traffic and dog poop-yes. With that said, it's worth trying to guess a slow time to experience the uniqueness of the pools and water slide. There is a reason it's crowded.

Ok trail with good views. some of it was blocked with downed trees. nice hike though

10 months ago

Very pretty, not busy, and a nice easy hike for the day!

on Sundance Trail

backpacking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This trail was well worth it, had to carry water in starting from Sundance trailhead. Tent canyon was very nice and the trail was maintained nicely.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Quiet. Ran into one other person, before the loop.

Cook lake is closed..

hiking
Saturday, May 24, 2014

The group I was with took a risk by going in March, and we woke up in straight line winds and snow drifts. Was a good adrenaline experience, wish we had time to hike more.

We had a beautiful morning on this trail. Good for adults, teenagers, clear down to 5 years. Very quiet and serine. There are Black Bear in the area, we just missed one on our hike. Carry bear spray. Early morning is the best time for wildlife. Cook Lake has very nice camp sites below the trail.

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