Botany Canyon

HARD 36 reviews

Botany Canyon is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Black Hawk, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

17 days ago

Go down the left path after you park your car and then right at the rocks that block atvs. My daughter and I made cairns to mark it! You follow the path past the rocks a ways until you see a fence and a sign that says “no motor vehicles”. After going under the fence it felt sort of otherworldly! My daughter said it is a magical place. It’s covered in moss and the creek is beautiful. I highly recommend this hike. As with most amazing places it is not the easiest to get to. I took my five year old, and she had no trouble. Younger than that might not be the best idea because the rocks on the path can cause you to lose your footing easily.

1 month ago

Fun, great views and lots of plants and wildlife. Rocky trails with lots of ups and downs. Definitely need the trail map if you have not hiked before as there are several forked paths that can be confusing. Can’t wait to do again when more blooming happening.

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8 months ago

The trailhead is actually just before 9703 with no parking except along the road. This map is very accurate. A trail goes past the no motorized vehicles sign into the canyon. You will find many scenic views following the canyon.

9 months ago

Gorgeous trail! Can be difficult to find the start. Beautiful anytime of the year.

10 months ago

This hike is gorgeous. It's definitely hard to get to and can be difficult to follow the trail. If it's rained recently, expect to risk wet feet in the many creek crossings. The variety of vegetation makes it feel like a jungle. As far as difficulty goes, I'd say the hike itself is mostly easy. Following the trail can be tricky, but the part down in the canyon is not at all tiring. Once you get up onto the atv trail, parts are steep and you'll be working hard. All in all, one of the best hikes in the black hills area.

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11 months ago

I was at Botany Canyon this morning I came in through the Northeast side of the canyon I did not have to contend with any steep hills it was a beautiful Trail nice and cool in the canyon unique and diverse plant life was abundant many stream Crossings nothing too hard I was disappointed that I found many lady slipper orchids but all of them were out of Bloom it seems I am about 1 month late to see the orchids in full bloom I will definitely return next year the first part of June

11 months ago

What a shit hike. Nothing marked hiked all the way in and nothing beautiful or worth doing. Was hard took about 4 hours do to back tracking and having to climb down mountain side Would not recommend as it's a waste of time ........boo

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11 months ago

good hiking, great scenery, be prepared to get wet...can even take trail all the way up to stagebarn canyon rd and see the gorgeous trail back in there

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11 months ago

no trail markings, but with this map could follow the trail and find an amazing destination well worth the 10 mile hike.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A great hike, but man it was a pain to find the trail throughout the canyon! Very peaceful and lightly used.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great hiking spot but definitely hard to find. The trails are very scattered. But beautiful once found!!

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Trail was neat. It is not hard to find, but there is no trailhead sign or parking. You follow an offroad/logging road for awhile. You come to area where rocks are placed to keep motor vehicles off the trail. Once down in the canyon, it is a old rock bed. Make sure to have plenty of water. On a sunny day it gets quite warm while hiking. It is cool once following the stream of water and are in the under brush. Definitely a more difficult trail. Stat in trail, poison ivy is off the trail. Better know what it looks like.

Friday, June 02, 2017

This is a difficult trail no doubt but it is more than worth it once you're in the canyon, especially after the road sign at the end of the dry river bed.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Great trail if you can find it.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

First mile or so is a road. Pretty good trail when you head down into the Canyon. We think we made it to the end of the trail around 2.1 miles ???

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