Little Elk Creek Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews

Little Elk Creek Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Piedmont, 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 but must be kept on leash.

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

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

washed out

snowshoeing
27 days 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.

4 months ago

Awesome hike!!!

hiking
4 months ago

LOVED this hike!!! Gorgeous scenery.

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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
6 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
7 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
7 months ago

7 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
7 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Beautiful scenery !

9 months ago

Easy enough for my toddler, and great views.

9 months ago

Easy trail, leads to Dalton Lake.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

Easy hike with the family

10 months ago

Easy hike with the family

11 months ago

Awesome hike and a great family adventure!!

11 months ago

Beautiful trail and amazing scenery at the end!

11 months ago

A beautiful trail!!!

11 months ago

perfect access and beautiful!

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

We hiking in a large group to look at all the neat geological features this trail has. We saw a five foot snake, but it wasn't a rattle snake. This hike wasn't too hard, but we should have brought more water.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Loved it!!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Great trail! Beautiful this time of year!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

one of my favorites

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Best hike so far in the Black Hills. Every step it seemed there was a new awe inspiring view. The trail is rather easy, very little elevation, a bit rocky in places. At one point the trail diverges into an upper and lower trail, I took both and they were both equally amazing. The upper trail gave some amazing views of the canyon while the lower trail ran closer to the creek and had some amazing views of the water. The creek is clear and you can see the brook trout swimming around. Even was able to get a few pictures of them. It seemed the hike took longer than it should have because there was always something to get a picture of. I think I got over 300 pictures on this hike.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

One of my favorites so far! plenty of shade and water for dogs :) Once we finally started to hit some elevation we turned back around, this is where the shade and water gets a little scarce. I would say it is a total of maybe 6 miles, not sure where the 17 comes into play? Gorgeous views along the whole way :)

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