Flume Trail: Main Street to Sheridan Lake is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Rapid City, South Dakota that features a waterfall 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
1,351 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

cross country skiing


rock climbing


trail running







wild flowers




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.

2 months ago

very enjoyable. lots of shade, challenges and scenery.

3 months ago

This trail has amazing scenery, from around the lake, up on the ridge, and down in the valley. Only problem was we kept finding ourselves losing the trail due to all the switchbacks and poorly marked trails. It ended up being a 16 mile hike in approx 7-8 hours. We started out in coon hollow going towards the flume trail head.

3 months ago

Would be better if marked better

3 months ago

Loved the trail; however we were unprepared to cross 4 bridges over rushing water. Good thing we could sit and scoot across! Also easy to get lost due to no signage to guide you. Hard to know which way to go!

3 months ago

Great trail

5 months ago

So. Much. Fun!

5 months ago

Great family trail!

5 months ago

Great views

6 months ago

The prettiest trail in the Hills!

trail running
6 months ago

We ran from Sheridan lake to coon hollow and back again, such an amazing way to spend the morning!

6 months ago

Great trail! Amazing views. I have hiked several trails and this one ranks up there as a must see. 6yr old and Cockapoo dog had no problems.

9 months ago

awesome hike

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Amazing hike and great views!! Highly recommended!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Awesome time! Great trail!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

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:)

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

signs still need to be clear

Saturday, May 06, 2017

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


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