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Eagle Cliff Trails is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lead, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 360 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Reviews (28)
Photos (44)
Recordings (19)
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Steve Parry
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Hiking

Another great BH hike. The great part about this trail is that there are a lot of options. This can be a nice short hike, or a much longer one depending on the trail you take. They have maps available at the lot and there are about 10 different options. Family friendly.

Daniel Herman
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Hiking

Nice extended loop. Lush. Ok for bikes too. Wide open trails.

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Nate Kringstad
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HikingMuddy

Great trails! There are over +30 miles of trails with 4 different trailheads. The trailhead listed on AllTrails is probably the most common starting point. Plenty of various views, and lots of wildlife. We did see numerous tracks including elk, whitetail deer, mountain lion, and some sort of canine. Additionally we did spot a small elk carcass in the middle of one trail. Also, these trails are ski/snowshoe trails in the winter, thus most of the trails are well marked by signs posted. It’s not too easy to get lost, just be aware of the signs!

Kayla Grammer
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Hiking

Some mud in a few places but overall a great day and a great hike. Tons of variations of ways to go. Follow the maps and signs, great marked trails.

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Jane Veitz
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HikingSnow

A recent snowfall made this trail an awesome snowshoeing adventure. The trail was fairly well marked and pretty views of the forest and hills.

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Wendy Crockett
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David Peck
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Not what I expected. At first, well marked, than nothing. Trail would be good for 4 wheeling, not much else. Pretty much good for cow grazing. Small herds, 5 to 10 cows everywhere. Also cow pies all over. I am not experienced hiker, but would not recommend.

linda schwank
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A lot of fallen trees that block the trail. You can climb over them but these just make it more challenging. Beautiful scenery but no wildlife today

Ryan Clayton
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Snowshoeing

Snow depth was amazing. NOAA stated 40"-50", I would say closer to 30"! Still a beautiful and moderately strenuous snowshoe adventure. My nephew tagged along, but doesn't own snowshoes and struggled the entire time. Plenty of great looping/crossing trails that are reasonably marked but as a first time visitor to the area, they come up a bit short. Found myself relying heavily on GPS. I suspect these trails to be much more easy to navigate without snow cover but then we wouldn't be snowshoeing. Due to the low number of reviews/photos, I did not have a high expectation for the area. However, it exceeded my expectations in accessibility and beauty. I would definitely snowshoe or hike this area again.

Jesse Allen
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Snowshoeing

Very cool! Multiple trails that loop together. Very well marked and maps at most major intersections. Excellent snowshoe and cross country trails in winter.

Rhiannon Patterson
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The multiple trails are cool, but navigating and signage are lacking. Planning to go again to go on more different trails.

James Elliott
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Hiking

So I went on this trail system in early August. While the trails are generally marked well, there was often no trail. I think this is a great snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing site, but not necessary hiking. As far as I could tell, everything marked EASY (south side) was just a worn down vehicle path. Everything that was marked HARD didn't exist, the sign was there, but no trail, just 4-foot tall grass; to me, that isn't a trail. I would encourage winter sports enthusiasts to give this a go, but otherwise, I was a bit disappointed.

Wayne Malone
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Hiking

Great trail. Some good up and down and very open pine woods. The only thing I didn't like was dodging the cow chips. The trails were easy to lose, though well marked.

Drew Sylvester
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Hiking
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JC M.
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Kayla Grammer
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Barry Leibowitz
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Doug Neidholdt
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Renee Eggebraaten
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Chad Downs
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Mary Lynn Koch
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Mike Settlage
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Autumn Olson
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Drew Drew Moenter
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Rachael Burlingame
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Hiking
Stacey Gannon
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Debbie Liddick
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Kirk & Michelle Chaffee
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