Little Elk Creek Trail

MODERATE 90 reviews

Little Elk Creek Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Piedmont, South Dakota that features a great forest setting 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
580 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

views

rocky

washed out

21 days ago

great for kids and dogs

23 days ago

1st time hiking the Little Elk Creek trail today. Beautiful hike! Most of the trail is fairly flat and easy, but some spots are rocky and make the trail a little more difficult. Most of thw trail runs along side the creek.

hiking
24 days ago

Super nice trail and is easy to find. Access to the creek for most of the trail, so it’s great for dogs. Relatively quiet - we didn’t see a lot of people. Note that at one point the trail splits - up and then down by the creek. We went up and had some nice views. If you stay along the creek there, you’ll be scrambling over rocks quite a bit. Also - there is no lake on this trail. You get to about 2.5 miles and the trail connects with a county/forest service road. If you continue hiking along the road for maybe another mile (??) you’d get to the lake. Great hike, though.

hiking
26 days ago

My kids and I had a lot of fun. They are 3 and 4 years old so it was easy enough but still challenging for young kids. The little creek is beautiful and the views were stunning.

hiking
27 days ago

Light to moderate trail. Beautiful relaxing hike!

1 month ago

Took the dog with us, nice view, peaceful, and a must do!

3 months ago

Beautiful trail! Love being able to walk down near the creek. If you're up for it, Dalton Lake is just a mile or so past the end of the trail.

3 months ago

Great trail that the kids loved.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Great trail for snowshoeing. We took the trail all the way to the top and then took the road to (frozen) Dalton Lake. It was worth the little extra to go up there. There was fresh snow the day we went and it couldn’t have been better! Beautiful trail along the creek. Beautiful canyon scenery.

8 months ago

Awesome hike!!!

hiking
8 months ago

LOVED this hike!!! Gorgeous scenery.

9 months ago

Nice hike :) wish there were a sign. Loved hiking on Creek.

hiking
9 months ago

I love this trail. The brook next to the trail gives the perfect amount of noise. No parts that are to steep. This trail is an old track the mines used.

hiking
9 months ago

Great out and back trail, (little over 5 mi) stream running next to most of the trail, at the end of the trail you can walk on a gravel rd about another 1 and a half mile to get to Dalton lake. popular place for 4 wheelers.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

Beautiful views and well maintained trail. Mostly easy and moderate hiking. BTW, I did not see trash at all on the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty views, easy trail, some nice views...saw lots of trash on the trail which is disappointing and had some mountain bikes that passed but were very considerate...

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

loved it. took high trail and low trail. river and water to cool off in was the best

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Great trail, beautiful scenery- great way to start the day!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautiful scenery !

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Easy enough for my toddler, and great views.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Easy trail, leads to Dalton Lake.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It has both easy and more challenging parts to keep it interesting. Stunning views.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

It was an ok trail nothing exciting definitely not moderate its super easy. No signs whatsoever .... seems to be pretty common in the hills not to mark them

Thursday, June 15, 2017

very fun trail! took my kiddo and the two dogs. ran into a few people on horses which was nice.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Easy hike with the family

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Easy hike with the family

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Awesome hike and a great family adventure!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Beautiful trail and amazing scenery at the end!

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