Devil's Bathtub

EASY 52 reviews

Devil's Bathtub is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Lawrence, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
173 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

1 day ago

It was amazing and nice. The wife thought the water was way to cold for comfort

hiking
1 day ago

Definitely more moderate than easy, due to unlevel ground and several water crossings. Our 7 year old did fine, but needed adult help in several areas. Gorgeous area - lots of areas for great photos. Biggest issue was LOTS of poison ivy. Entire trail was covered with it - if you watch your footing carefully you can avoid it.

hiking
4 days ago

Great family trail! Our four and two and a half year olds did pretty well (though the young one spent about half the return trip on my back). Water crossings are fine if parents are there to help. Scenery is beautiful and pools at the end are a lot of fun. Parking is tough; we waited about ten minutes for someone to leave before getting a spot.-and we didn’t get there until mid afternoon. A great hike!

scenic driving
6 days ago

Amazing easy-ish hike. You will get wet through multiple crossings and there are some slippery rocks when you get up towards the pools. Quite busy with a mix of ages from old to young. Very clean for a high traffic trail. We did with small kids and a very lazy dog. There is a bit of mud. We got a little rain but it was muddy before the rain. Quite a few dogs on the trail. All were on leashes. A lot of people wore swim suits to swim. Hands down one of the most beautiful drives too.

10 days ago

Great hike with a natural slide at the end for the older kids. Water shoes/sandals are a must! Trail isn’t well defined so would call it moderate versus easy. Beware of the slippery rocks.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail, but NOT "easy". 8 river crossings and rough terrain make the 1 mile feel more like 2. I would definitely rate this a moderate trail.

16 days ago

8 creek crossings, a little much for the little (under 4) kids. But very beautiful.

20 days ago

Hiked this a couple days ago. Great trail! You will get wet up to your knees. Crossed the creek at least 10 times. So much fun!

26 days ago

best to go before the summer, because it can be one of the most popular hike. It's a lot of fun, be prepared to get your feet yet.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of people on a Friday, lots of river crossings, not a maintained trail and no sign. Very pretty scenes along the river, definitely wear river shoes versus hiking boots.

1 month ago

so fun! just make sure you're going to get wet.

hiking
1 month ago

We did not get to begin the trail as we soon found out there are several knee high water crossings with no options but to wade through the waters. We witnessed several unhappy hikers with soaking wet shoes warning us away and decided not to move forward. We intend to come back with proper water shoes etc to make the most of this trail. Wish more guides and top hike lists would have mentioned this.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun trail to get out and 'explore'. It is very poorly marked but was fun to try to find the right path on. There were a lot of stream crossings (calf high water), so if you go in the near future, plan to get wet - there are not always rocks to jump on to cross so you just ford right through. The falls at the end were beautiful. Fun way to get out and stretch your legs while driving through the canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a poorly marked trail that has many “options” along the way. This trail has rock scrambling and climbing over and ducking under felled trees as well as some steep all dirt (mud if it rains) portions. Be sure to wear hiking boots that will keep your feet dry or Tevas as you WILL have to cross the creek at least once (depending on your route). I recommend this trail be marked as a moderate for the reason stated above. Great hike overall if you’re prepared.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail. I would say this is more medium skill level since there are multiple times you must cross the stream. We took our 1 year old and it was a bit more difficult because of all the crossings.

3 months ago

Easily one of our favor hikes so far in SD. Not an easy hike by any means. Multiple stream crossings and narrow ledges. Took our 3 and 2 year olds. 3 years old walked the whole way, but had to be heavily helped over rocks and ledges. Took a dip at the end. Lovely.

hiking
9 months ago

Variety is good. Easy to get there with many inter weaving trails. Restful and colors a plenty in the fall. Watch out for poison ivy but aside from that is was just perfect.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy to moderate, unmarked, in-out trail that follows the stream along to the 'bathtub' at the end. It is a flat trail BUT does require crossing water back and forth, climbing up/down, through/along rocks the whole way. Wear sturdy shoes and be conscious of the terrain.

10 months ago

You cross the gorgeous mountain stream many times. some light climbing. One of our favorites ever. Keens would really help get over the slippery rocks and stream - better shoes would have saved me a scraped knee. This is moderate, NOT easy. I picked up and carried my preschooler several times. the trail eventually gets kind of dangerous for small kids. we saw the end but didn't go all the way. still enjoyable though to sit and tip you feet in the stream

hiking
10 months ago

This was a wonderful, short trail. Pretty views along the route, no markings & the trail would fork & cross streams so it required being attentive. I also disagree with the "easy" rating. You had to crisscross the stream multiple times requiring traversing rock, logs, hugging cliffs to get through some narrow areas. I would rate it moderate. The "bathtub" at the end was great-had it been a little warmer I might have submerged but just took some pics, there were braver souls swimming in the frigid waters but not me!!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike for kids. Glad I read online that there are several trails and all end up leading to the same place, otherwise we would have been confused! There were several other groups up there but it didn't bother us. Myself and my son got in the water! Be prepared for the cold water! think it's an experience you have to try at least once!

hiking
11 months ago

Serenity-no. Traffic and dog poop-yes. With that said, it's worth trying to guess a slow time to experience the uniqueness of the pools and water slide. There is a reason it's crowded.

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