Crow Peak Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews

Crow Peak Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly 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 birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1571 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

hiking
5 days ago

Nice hike, novice hikers and we were able to make it to the peak in 2 hours with plenty of little breaks.

11 days ago

One of the longer hikes I've done in the hills. Took a little longer than an hour to get to the summit. Great view at the top.

17 days ago

Great hike. It took my dog and I 62 minutes to reach the summit, walking at a brisk pace. About 2.4 miles up there's some treefall that you have to climb over/around, but other than that the trail conditions are perfect.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike but the sign at the head of the trail states this trail is 3.5 Miles to the top making it 7 Miles total. Small amount of snow and 66 degrees. Amazing hike.

hiking
28 days ago

Decently hard trail. Most of it is straight up hill and there is a lot of trees blocking some views but still pretty amazing scenery.

hiking
28 days ago

We tried to go up for a sunrise hike yesterday (April 21, 2018) but we didn’t expect it to take so long to get up there. It is 3.29 miles from car to Peak, according to my Apple Watch. If you are in good shape this is still a relatively hard hike. It is straight uphill hike. It has beautiful views and the trail is well established. We are in really good shape and it took us about an hour and half non-stop to get to the top.

Also please remember to keep your dogs on leashes. If your dog is well behaved some people are still scared of dogs. And you do not know how other dogs react to your dog.

trail running
1 month ago

Minimal snow/ice patches at the bottom with obvious trails. Towards the top there were a few areas with more snow but overall a great hike with amazing views!

hiking
3 months ago

First time on this trail with the intention of snowshoeing. At the start of the hike it was mostly icy/muddy combination and t-shirt temps. Ended up using crampons for the entire hike and carried the snowshoes. Several sections on the upper portion have a dozen or so trees down across the trail but nothing major to navigate around. Snow storm with winds moved in as we hit the 5,300 ft. elevation. Plenty of Whitetail deer to view and followed one set of older lion tracks on the trail but never spotted it. Snow and low cloud ceiling blocked the views from the summit but was still an amazing snow hike. By time we returned to the trailhead approximate 3"-5" of snow had fallen. Only a couple markers for this trail, but the trail is used enough to remain apparent even with fresh snow falling. Strenuous hike but enjoyable. I will definitely hike this trail again!

4 months ago

not much to see until the very top and it's a very constant uphill slope. seemed very very long, but was a great view... and is said to be haunted so that's a little fun

backpacking
7 months ago

All up hill made it a challenge. View from the top wad nice but trees blocked your view most of the way up.
Fall leaves changing was timed perfectly.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Our GPS said it was 8.5 miles round trip, and it really seemed like that. The views were wonderful along the way, too, so if you want to go 1/2 or 3/4 of the way, you'd be rewarded. The trailhead is well marked & there's good parking there.

9 months ago

It's a great hike with a wonderful view at the top. A lot of loose rock makes it a little more difficult for dogs

hiking
9 months ago

The trail still has a little fire damage but it is a great hike filled with beautiful flowers everywhere. We had 70's and a light breeze so it is hard not to have a great day and hike with that. There is a good variety of different areas along the way. I would do this again.

hiking
9 months ago

Great Trail!! Only concern was on the way down I came across a small herd of cows blocking the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. Light traffic. 6.7 miles on garmin forerunner watch, 6.5 on another garmin, 6.3 on alltrails app. 3-3.5 hrs taking your time and having lunch, 2-2.5 hrs if you just hike solid and steady whole way.

hiking
10 months ago

Incredible views!

hiking
10 months ago

rock slide area a little tricky.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail starts off fairly breezy, just walking through some wild flowers, and then becomes harder as you ascend.
I loved this trail. Not only did it offer beautiful views on the way to the summit, but once to reach the top, all your hard work was worth it.
I will definitely hike this trail again.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail, sad since the fire but overall still gorgeous. Steep at times but not a huge deal. Great view at the top. Took us 2 hours and 30 minutes roughly.

hiking
11 months ago

Steep, but worth it! Was a gloomy day, but no less beautiful.

11 months ago

Great trail! Great views.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail with moderate inclines and wonderful views along the way.

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

Great. I'd definitely do it again.

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sadly, most of Crow Peak was badly damaged by forest fire from a lightening strike this summer. However, this does not diminish what a terrific hike this is. Great workout and more than worth the effort when you get to the amazing South Dakota & Wyoming vistas at the top.

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Awesome hike. We did this in mid June and it was beautiful. There's a mix of very steep to flat surfaces along the trail. The last leg is the hardest and basically straight up. My fitbit said i had climbed 237 floors by the end of the hike and it took us about 4 hours to complete. We do some hiking but I wouldn't call us experienced and we made it through this hike. The views at the top are worth every bit of discomfort on the way up. Every time your turn around the view and landscape has changed.

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Nice mix of steeper sections all the way to flats as you climb. The last push is the steepest. Very cool hike, and we'll worth it.

hiking
Friday, June 10, 2016

Strenuous but exhilarating!

hiking
Monday, March 21, 2016

Amazing views when reached the top. Was a little hard to find the trail when showing up because the sign is set back on the trail through the gate.

hiking
Monday, March 14, 2016

Well marked, easy incline. There were some areas with loose rocks near the top, but overall a very nice trail with lovely views of Spearfish.

hiking
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Great view of Spearfish.

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