Buzzards Roost

EASY 85 reviews

Buzzards Roost is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rapid City, South Dakota that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

rocky

48 minutes ago

Quick hike with a great view

1 month ago

Great hike, easy to follow and awesome view at top

1 month ago

Nice hike. Good views from the top.

1 month ago

Ok but hearing traffic while you hike not so great

2 months ago

Amazing hike!! Definitely recommend it!!gorgeous views!!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved it, a beautiful view of the hills.

3 months ago

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

7 months ago

This is a nice trail with many different routes marked.

8 months ago

The map shown here is inaccurate. It is a lollipop loop trail, but it's not this one. The long/lat is correct, so simply follow the trail once you get there. It's also 1.6 miles TO the loop portion of the trail, not total.

hiking
10 months ago

Was a nice loop with some great views. The Buzzard Loop Trail as it's shown in the app is different than the one marked in the park though. If you want to do the trail as it's shown in the app, I think it would be a combination of North Buzzard and Jack's Trail based on the trailhead map.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked Buzzard Trail stumbly and thought it was a nice moderately to easy hike. Probably hiked for a little over an hour. The lookout view was great.

hiking
11 months ago

All incline to begin, ending with some great views at the top.

11 months ago

My whole family hiked this trail. It's easy for the kids but enough to get the heart pumping. The view is breath taking.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beautiful Scenery! Fun for the family.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

great trail very easy hiking , trails need to be marked slightly better.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

The trail was easy to hike and wide. The intersections required paying attention to or knowing you path in advance but you could always reference the maps that were posted throughout and be fine. Pretty easy with a great view at the lookout and along the south ridge. Quiet once you are away from the road and pet friendly. Will do this one again.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

love the hike and view. also loved that I could take my dog with me

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

You can make the hike as easy or intense as you want. The moderate trail is quite steep to go up but makes a great work out.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fun, scenic and easy

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great, easy hike with kids &a puppy!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

love hiking here. trails are easy to follow

hiking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

it was rainy and misty, but the view was amazing!!

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wonderful little hike takes you to elevated beautiful view. Dogs loved it!

hiking
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Love this little hike, great for spending a day outside with your pups. Super close to town so there's no excuse

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Took our 7 month old out in the backpack carrier for her first hike today on this trail! It was muddy and slippery, which is to be expected at this time of year. Overall a great hike! We all enjoyed it and will go again!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

This trail is a great shorter hike with a fabulous view!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Amazing views so close to Rapid City

hiking
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Amazing view at the top!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Take the sun up trail to buzzards roost then take the south rim trail back

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Pretty good trail. I think someone switch some signs around for fun. We went up a difficult trail by following signs but the "easy" path was pointing toward the difficult path. Honestly the area was beautiful when I looked around but I had to focus on not twisting my ankle on the loose rocky path of the difficult trail. The path would probably been pretty good for someone who was a bit more used to hiking, I just started. Kinda proud of myself for being able to do it though. What made it worth it was the view wow it was gorgeous at the top of buzzards roost!

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