Flume Trail

MODERATE 70 reviews

Flume Trail is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Rapid City, South Dakota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

12.4 miles
1351 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

cross country skiing


rock climbing


trail running







wild flowers




Section 1 6.6 miles Loop A 2.7 miles Section 2 0.6 miles Loop B 3.8 miles Section 3 3.8 miles Overlook 0.9 miles The historic Flume Trail takes you back in time to the mining boom of the 1880s. The Rockerville Flume carried water 20 miles, from Spring Creek west of present day Sheridan Lake, east to the placer diggings near Rockerville. The flume operated until 1885, and enabled miners to take over $20 million in gold. The trail follows the actual flume bed for much of its length. Along the way you'll see historic artifacts and parts of the flume itself.

1 month ago

awesome hike

5 months ago

Amazing hike and great views!! Highly recommended!!

5 months ago

Great trail, well maintained. Only saw two other hikers. Started from the Sheridan Lake trailhead and went about 2.2 miles in and back again. Interesting tunnels along the way.

5 months ago

Hiked 5 miles in from Sheridan Lake and back. Trail is great with nice views and beautiful fall colors. The hike is pretty easy following the flume. The history and seeing the remains of the flume and tunnels are what make this trail great.

6 months ago

Great trail! Have done two separate parts of the trail at different times, hope to do the whole thing sometime.

6 months ago

Awesome time! Great trail!!

6 months ago

Great trail! Great scenery, you will see it all! We started at Sheridan Lake and went to Rockerville and it was more like 14 miles:)

7 months ago

Good trail. Saw no people after the first two miles. Beautiful scenery. The trail in the middle is poorly and often bizarrely marked. Be prepared for occasionally backtracking to find the trail.

8 months ago

2 of the 4 bridges are still out - creek rock bed is sharp so plan accordingly; signs are present - just gray colored and trail is sometimes only footpath wide and therefore easy to miss, also trails 89 and 50 overlap. Be leary of taking small children since there is lots of loose rock trails along steep cliffs. Bring water and would suggest trekking poles.

8 months ago

Love it. Great overall view that gives perspective to other places

9 months ago

signs still need to be clear

10 months ago

Beautiful trail. My wife I and planned on doing the whole 12ish miles. We got the 12 miles but due to a couple unfortunate detours, didn't finish it. The trail bounces between traveled trail and road quite a bit and it isn't hard to miss the markers if you're not paying attention. But the trail is not difficult, the scenery is great and there is some really cool history. Take lots of H2O.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Great trail! Its incredible how much time and effort must have gone into that flume back in the day. On some parts of the trail you can still see the wood used to build the flume. No shortage of wildlife on this trail! Its a must do in your in the area

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

I really enjoyed this trail, got lost a couple times between 89/50, had to back track from the river towards the actual Flume trail to the two tunnels. It was 8:00 by the time I got to the second tunnel, and had to beat the sun back to the parking lot. Plus, had a large 30 minute thunderstorm roll in right away but kept to only slightly wet because of the tree cover.

I really wish it had more signage but overall a beautiful trail that lead to great photography and sightseeing. Hopefully I tackle more of the trail in the future and with more planning on my part in terms of sunlight hours.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Some beautiful views and fair amount of shade as long as you time it early enough in the day. Definitely need to explore it some more, went long enough to find the water for the puppy (water was beautiful!) and headed back. Biggest down fall is the lack of trail signs.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Nice trail but I must have taken a wrong turn and ended up on a bike path. Oops. Still beautiful though.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

What a great trail! Love the different sights. Just wish there were more signs.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

This has been one of my favorite hikes for years. It's accessible and very mild for non hikers. But can definitely be challenging if you do the full trail, which to clarify is only 14 miles not 23. After mile 4 the trail markers become sparse and it's easy to lose the trail but at about mile 8 the trail becomes well marked again.
This trail is incredibly diverse and takes you through beautiful scenery. Looking forward to doing the full trail again this weekend.

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hiked this trail with Regina. I loved this trail and want to do it again when the snownis gone so we can get to the lake.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Had a great hike on this trail & we met our FitBit goal! Yay!!!

Sunday, March 06, 2016

We love this trail system, it is good from one end to the other!

Monday, February 29, 2016

It's a nice trail. I went the other day and all the bridges are out to get across the creek. I started at spring creek trailhead

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Rode my mounting bike on it it was pretty fun a little challenging on a bike though

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Amazing trail. Great views and very level due to flume history.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Haven't hiked this trail in a LONG time, but LOVED hiking this trail as a child. So many great views/tunnels/exciting things to see. (:

Monday, August 04, 2014

Really fun hike with the tunnels and lake. We finally got at the end and sadly lost the trail. But the serenity and tranquil last part really made the
Day. A fun hike allow 5 hours and enjoy!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Very pretty trail, slightly hard to navigate with many signs down, but the tunnels were really cool and the lake was beautiful. Not a very difficult hike, but many trails to spend an entire day exploring.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nice flat trail for beginning, relaxing overnight backpacking. But can be accomplished in a day if you rush it. Dog friendly. Named after a Bon iver song(lol). Also no horses which is kind of nice. Nice and close to town too.

Friday, September 07, 2012

This trail is very flat and has very little incline. You could easily do parts of it after work, in the evenings or if you just want to get a nice sampling of what views, hiking in the black hills has to offer. This trail is dog friendly as well.

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