Community Caves Trail is a 1.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Spearfish, South Dakota that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 1.0 km Elevation Gain: 55 m Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

nature trips

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Community Caves is a very short, but a very vertical hike leading to bluff caves and seasonal waterfall. The trail offers great views.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Super fun. Something different. Trail is not that long but you need to know where you are going so you can keep going :). Turn off Parking on road. Trail on opposite side of road. Feet will get wet. Bridge to cross larger stream. We did with four year old and she did fine. Workout but different than other trails!

hiking
14 days ago

Don't underestimate the steepness of this trail! First tip: it starts off on the opposite side of the road from the parking area. Head down to the stream, then you have to cross it. If it's running high, that can be a little tough but there is a makeshift bridge - though quite sketchy. Once across the first hurdle, it's time to head up. Not sure if it is always like this, but this spring the trail was literally a waterfall. A very light one, but very wet! And STEEP! Basically a scramble the whole (short) way up to a really cool cave with a waterfall flowing (possibly seasonal?) from above. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

22 days ago

One of my favorite short hikes! Great for a short little steep hike in the canyon

hiking
1 month ago

Fun short trail, but very steep.

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Nice short hike, pretty steep and rocky, view at the top is pretty but the cave is creepy. My kids (10 & 13) had no problems and really enjoyed it!

icy
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Fairly steep, I would say moderate for good hikers, hard for beginners. You are walking up running water this time of year (March 29th) as the snowmelt is running down. The waterfall and cave are worth it. The rocks are surprisingly not too slippery despite the water and ice/snow at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike not to be missed! We went on Mar. 24 so it was a bit icy and muddy but all worth it to see the caves and ice waterfall which was also melting. We wore snow boots. Make sure you cross the road from pullout parking area and walk north to find the wooden board to get across stream.

icy
rocky
4 months ago

This was a fantastic hike. Yes, it's steep. Being January, also icy. So we took our time of picking our way up the trail. I didn't feel it was hard to find but there was snow and other hikers had gone that way so it wasn't hard to find. Appreciated the plywood bridge over the creek :)

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
6 months ago

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

We did this trail in November. The trail was very wet and slippery. The waterfall was flowing and there were some icicles on the side. It wasn’t very cold out. Some of the icicles fell down while we were there. Very neat!

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

This was a very rewarding hike, but I would rate it as difficult. Steep incline with loose rocks underneath you the majority of the time. Make sure to take the extra trail west of the cave for a view of the canyon.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
scramble
8 months ago

Okay hike. There are no markings and the trail is very rough. There are multiple paths down to Spearfish Creek and multiple places to cross using stones. All Trails was invaluable in helping me find the trail heading up, multiple trails in the area. The trail up follows a flowing creek bed that then gets steep and with loose scree. The cave is quite unique and has a small waterfall. I took off 2 stars because someone has turned the overhang/face into a permanent climbing area with fixed bolts and carabiners hanging down. Takes away from the natural beauty

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