Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Date: Jan 4, 2019
Cost: $ none
Conditions: Overcast, calm, Mid 20s

Pros: Gorgeous in winter. Highly recommended as a winter visit if properly prepared (micro-spikes). Short distance with big payoff. Fantastic photo opps.

My experience: 1 mile round trip (including lots of exploring under and around the cave).

Cons: While short, it is quite steep. Micro spikes absolutely recommended.

Other: Trailhead is unmarked. I learned of it from a local who would like this to remain quiet so (aside from commenting here, where the trail was already listed) I will not be geotagging on social media and I recommend you do the same.

IG: Minnesota_Wanderer

We hiked this trail in September w another couple and we thought it was great! Not as much water as we were expecting once we got to the actual "bathtub," but we plan on going back in the spring/summertime.

hiking
22 days ago

This was a nice little hike. Trailhead is a bit hard to find, and trail isn’t the best marked. But the hike is worth doing. It is fairly steep and requires climbing on loose rocks. Caves are neat to see. I’d recommend this hike.

Pleasantly surprised with this trail! I loved it! Can’t wait to go back in the summer. Easy to find, easy to follow. Moderate to easy. GPS was exactly 9 miles. Nov 27. Light snow on about half of the trail. The rest was dry or slightly muddy.

hiking
2 months ago

Many different trails to choose from. Maps were available at the trail head and that was helpful. I hiked tent canyon trail and then Ogden creek trail. Signs were easy to find and follow, no issues there. Lots of different beautiful terrain. Very secluded and never ran into anyone. Spotty cell service.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty hike with lots of water crossings that can be a little tricky at times. But overall it was nice and only saw two other people hiking in late October.

2 months ago

The trail is open to horses and so is quite rough and has lots of divots. However, there is something about the Wyoming Black Hills that is so different from the Dakota side. You can hike all day and not see another person. Its quiet and peaceful and almost guaranteed to be secluded.

Parking area and trail were easy to find. Mile marker 22, Bridge and sign that says Iron Creek. Parking area on the right. I would def rate it easy. My 10 yr old did it easily. Beautiful fall colors and pretty creek. Ends at a barb wire fence. We came across an old mine at about .4 miles, across the creek. My son loved that!

badass

Great hike! Crossed the creek 13 times one way. Pool and falls at the end was beautiful.

Loved it!

We hike seven hikes a week in the hills, for the past 10 years, this was the most overrated hike we have ever done. Would consider it moderate with zero markings and most disappointing for what we anticipated.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, easy hike along a stream. Gravel trail that has a very gradual incline until you come to the end about 1 mile up.

saying a 4 only because of mileage, we had 3 app's going and they said mileage was between 11 and 12 miles not 9.4. This is not like Botany Canyon, you can hear the creek, very difficult to see water. Watch for snakes.

I'm not sure EASY is the right word- it's not very steep but is very technical. It's a great trail for kids who don't mind if their feet are wet and agile adults that are good at rock hopping. You cross the Creek several times and toward the top, there are areas of boulder-crawling and some steep scrambles. The area is extremely beautiful and completely worth the work, even with wet feet! Excellent choice for kids who get bored just plodding along on a trail.

Beautiful!

on Iron Creek Trail

4 months ago

Pretty creek on one side and cliff and Pines on the other. Very peaceful. Love the sound of the water. Small waterfall, don't hikejust for that.

We had three different apps running and all came in over 9 miles. It is a pretty nice hike overall. We only seen 3 other people all day.

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike! The trail itself is quite easy, however some of the water crossings are quite slick. I was able to hike it with my 70lb Rhodesian Ridgeback, 7 year old and 12 year old with no issues. Most of the difficult parts have an easier path on the opposite side of the water, so keep that in mind. I only had to give my dog a boost twice. The only downside is that the hike is a crowded and popular one...so be prepared for a packed parking lot and lots of people on the trail at at the bath tub. We'll definitely be going back again!

Awesome hike!! Loved the bathtub at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Surprised on the amount of children because myself and another adult found ourselves slipping slightly in several areas. The trail itself is short but you will come across several water crossing. There are several small but dangerous edges you will have to climb a bit on in order to get across. Towards the end when you're close to devil's bathtub you must go across the water and several large rocks to get there, no trail. I do not recommend taking young children or infants. Worth every stumble. You must go down the natural waterside!

I would rate this more on the difficult side due to the steep ascent and decent on slippery rocks. Also, we made a wrong turn early over the water

Very nice hike ,beware of slipping.

hiking
5 months ago

The stream was only 6 inches deep in most crossings. You can keep your feet dry if you don't slip off the rocks. But I would plan on getting wet feet. Bring hiking poles!

Beautiful short hike to really immerse yourself more in the beauty of Spearfish Canyon. We encountered numerous folks en route some which were motorcyclists taking in the beauty as well. There were surface changes of flat areas, some roots thru wooded areas, a few logs to climb over and some rocks which were in the stream. Your basically following along the stream bed with crossing back and forth over the stream. The crossings are a good test of balance if you walk on the logs and rocks. Careful! As the rocks CAN BE SLIPPERY! A couple folks actually slipped and fell. The stream is shallow and at the end I waded into the “bathtub”. The water IS cold and I’m guessing the temp was around 70 degrees. Maybe colder? ( I’m basing my guess on a spring i enjoyed in Florida called Devil’s Den which is a year round temp of 72. )

hiking
5 months ago

Slippery in spots, but lots of fun!!!

Great hike with kids. The swimming hole at the end is small but adequate. My kids love this hike.

So crowded. It’s a great family hike with great swimming and a waterfall water slide. If you are looking for a peaceful, quiet hike, though, this isn’t the place.

5 months ago

As noted by others, this hike was not “easy”, but the kids agree it was awesome. Wear water shoes- no obvious way to avoid getting your feet/calves wet. Slippery areas- the kids (11, 9, and 8 yo) handled this easily, but I was slightly less graceful. Trail is not marked and I’m sure we were off it at times. LOTS of other people and parking very tight. We got there on the early side and had no issues, but there were a few cars waiting to park when we left.

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