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Devil's Bathtub is a 1.1 mile heavily 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 hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 173 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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Pretty hike with lots of water crossings that can be a little tricky at times, it's not very steep but is very technical. You will have to cross the Creek and towards the top, there are areas of boulder-crawling and some steep scrambles. Please note that this trail is more difficult in the spring when there is more water flowing. It is marked with orange ribbons to help you stay on the trail.

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Reviews (326)
Photos (177)
Recordings (190)
Completed (577)
k reynolds
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This was a beautiful trail! Took my 2 dogs and teens and they all really enjoyed it. Not easy accessible for those with mobility issues because there is some climbing g and lots of wading across streams.

Lindsay Smith
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Less a trail and more creekwading— wouldn’t recommend unless you want to get wet.

Natalie Skominas
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HikingOver grownPrivate propertyRocky

This trail was very crowded with people and small children. You have to do a bunch of creek crossings and the trail is not marked at all. Wear good shoes/ water shoes and you’ll be much happier. My friends and I caught a moment where we had the place to ourselves and got to slide down the natural water slide a couple times. Otherwise, pretty crowded.

Chris R.
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Hiking

Awesome hike with a nice cold dip in the creek at the end.

Jenny Hong Edwards
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HikingRocky

I loved this trail one of my favorite

jess maxwell
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Hiking

Very busy trail. Lots of people at the swimming hole area. Multiple trails but they all lead to the same place. Pretty hike. You will cross the stream many times. We wore tennis shoes and were able to easily keep our feet dry.

Olivia Reiter
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Hiking

So fun all the way there and back. One of my favorite hikes.

Jenn Stomprud
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HikingRocky

The hike was very pretty with lots of creek crossings. Plan on getting wet feet. Trail follows the creek so pretty easy to stay on it. Lots of people with small kids which made it pretty busy.

Ash M.
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HikingGreat!Off trailOver grownRockyScramble

so busy this afternoon but absolutely beautiful and a must see hike!

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libb k
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HikingRocky

Very cool trail - been coming to the area since I was a kid and finally did this one. A little crowded, but still fun. Pretty slippery in some of the water crossings - water was pretty cold, especially at the natural waterslide.

Nature Lover
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WalkingMuddyRocky

Great trail for hiking in water kind of crowded these days kids took over the whole area playing football it was hard to relax but still a beautiful place to experience, note that they made an actual parking area for the trail now because of the popularity of it, its an additional mile or so added to the walk , estimated a mile to get there and a mile back for us to the parking lot.

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Lauren Andrews
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with multiple water crossings. Expect to get wet.

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Brooke Mentele
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Hiking

Fun trail but hard with little kids! Lots of people and crossed many creeks with wet feet

Steve Dahlen
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Hiking

Went two days straight! Kids went down the “slide” several times. Wasn’t very clearly marked getting started, but once you get going you can basically make it up as you go (assuming you follow the stream). It’s more fun if you’re wearing water shoes, but you could probably stay dry if you’re agile enough. Just wear the water shoes and splash like a kid. You’ll love it!

VK Morgan
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Hiking

Like everyone says water shoes are a must. Bring a hiking stick.

Kristey Williams
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HikingGreat!

One of our favorite easy, but fun, family hikes. Wear good hiking shoes that you don't mind getting wet and a swimsuit for those that want to slide down the slide into one of the 'bathtubs.' We ventured bast the destination and found only more creek to explore...no more falls. Loved how the trail went back and forth across the creak -- fun, but sometimes slippery. I grabbed a stick on the return after having a quick tumble into the water. Didn't mind -- was well worth it. I'd say this is a top destination for families when visiting this area.

Thomas Shapira
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Hiking

Somewhat difficult to follow as there are few markings, but lots of fun to navigate the many stream crossings. Family really enjoyed it. Plan on getting a little wet.

Ash M.
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Wilderness at it's best. Worth the scramble

Erin Saunders
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HikingRockyScramble

Fantastic hike and well worth the challenge! Be careful at the crossings as you get closer to the waterfalls. They were quite slick in spots and hard to navigate. Overall the water crossings were easy if you’re willing to get wet.

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