Cold Brook Canyon Trail

EASY 14 reviews
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Cold Brook Canyon Trail is a 2.8 mile out and back trail located near Custer, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

Wind Cave National Park By Mail 26611 US Highway 385 Hot Springs, SD 57747-6027 By Phone Visitor Information 605-745-4600 By Fax 605-745-4207

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful trail through buffalo-inhabited prairie. Watch for POISON IVY. The trail starts out going right through one of the largest poison ivy patches I've seen to date. Aside from the poison ivy, this trail is a nice easy hike. NOT recommended for beginners who can't spot the poison ivy.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, easy hike but watch for buffalo chips on the trail. Beautiful scenery with chirping prairie dogs as a bonus.

1 month ago

Very enjoyable trail. It passes through a prairie dog town. The trail is mostly flat through an open field, with some rocky walls and wooded areas along the sides of the field.

hiking
3 months ago

Not as tough as described by the park info. Nice views and plenty of wildlife. The trail goes right through a dog town. We also saw some birds and a buffalo right on the trail. We turned back a little over halfway not wanting to get too close to the buffalo and also because it was getting pretty hot. As others have said, I wouldn't suggest hiking this trail in summer without some cloud cover.

It's also not quite what you might expect from a trail with canyon in the name, although there are some nice rock formations along the way.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

well marked open trail, wild life male buffalo & prairie fog town. easy for all ages. easy and great on cool day, some shade , not much, beautiful grassy scape.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

nice short hike; beware it does not end at cold creek. abundant flowers in June. no shade don't hike this in heat

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Easy hike with beautiful views.

hiking
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Every hike we do in Wind Cave has exceded our expectations. This one is no exception! We hiked about 1/2 way and had a picnic dinner just off of the trail. We did have a close encounter with a buffalo. We avoided him on the return trip by hiking off trail for a short distance. It was in the fall so we finished the hike at dusk. One of my most memorable hikes in the Black Hills.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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Monday, June 13, 2016