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Crow Peak Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Spearfish, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,568 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

rocky

hiking
11 days ago

The trail is well maintained and fairly easy the first two thirds. The switchbacks at the top are a little rough, but the views make it worthwhile. It took us 2 1/2 hours to hike to the top and back down.

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blowdown
14 days ago

It was shady going up; however, much less shade coming down. The hike was beautiful with lots of views on the way up! Bring lots of water for you and your dog. The last mile is rocky, recommend supportive shoes! Oh, and there were very few bugs.

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blowdown
26 days ago

26 days ago

Great trail with great views at the top. I left on a Sunday morning at 7am and the first group of people already arrived back at the parking lot. But then I was pretty much alone. On my trip down hordes of people started climbing up.

rocky
26 days ago

beautiful hike. start hike thru fence. one tiny stream at 1.4 miles dog drank from...otherwise bring water for you and dog. trail was dry and great...about 8 trees fallen across trail but easy to get over. great switchbacks so incline not intense til last half mile. some scree/rocks but was fine in my runners. incredible 360 views! drove from Rapid City and combined with drive thru Spearfish Canyon to see the waterfall on the way home!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Great hike. A little more on strenuous side. The trailhead was a little misleading — go through the gated fence. Great view at the end. Bring water!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely loved this trail. The top of the summit was breathtaking. It was worth every minute of anticipation. Bring a small bite to eat, water and good hiking boots. Road leading to the trail head was quite bumpy.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with beautiful views

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Nice longer hike. Forest setting in the beginning but it gives way to magnificent views. Last half mile was a little challenging. Highly recommend some good hiking shoes as it gets a little rocky. Overall a great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Not worth the drive all the way to Spearfish just for the hike but worth it if you are in the area. Get there early. It got super crowded on me on a cloudy and chilly Sunday.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! It was a beautiful day, and it only took us about 3 1/2 hours round trip (with some photos and a celebratory drink at the end). Some stunning sights, and great for a calf workout!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Fresh hike just after the afternoon rains made for a pleasant evening. The first mile was muddy otherwise the trail is in great condition. Heavily used trail so you will see other hikers. There are a variety of views along the way and I preferred the view facing West over the summit view. Trail is snow free at this time. Some flowers beginning to bloom. With the switchbacks this trail will get your blood flowing and work your lungs. Awesome sunrise/sunset location on summit.

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rocky
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Great hike! Great views! Trail head was easily accessed. Unpaved road with some pot holes but very easy drive. A car with decent ground clearance would make it easier (midsize SUV). The trail was well traveled. Decent incline grades. Some snow towards the peak but should be clear by early summer. The air can be dry so bring water and snacks. Trail running shoes or hiking shoes recommend but there were some people with regular tennis shoes (not recommend). Forest Service has the trail as 3.2 miles to the peak so I will make an educated guess that out and back would be 6.4 miles.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

This trail is mostly passable through snow, but becomes very dangerous within 300 ft of elevation from the summit. There is a very narrow path (about 2 ft as of today) bordered by a steep >40% gradient drop-off that does not end for hundreds of feet. I had to turn around because of this. Also the road that leads to the trail is awful. My car took a beating!

2 months ago

5 star!

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Beautiful views toward the top of the hike. Nice walk through the forest in the beginning. Snow was very deep - thigh high - at the top so it took longer than expected and we almost didn’t make it to the peak. The beautiful views are mostly after it gets very snowy but we found it worthwhile

bugs
no shade
6 months ago

Hiked Labor Day weekend. Not really much to see and very little shade. definitely not my favorite Black Hills hike.

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icy
muddy
snow
6 months ago

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icy
muddy
snow
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. Accurate difficulty rating.

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