Old Baldy Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Spearfish, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 941 feet Route Type: Loop

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blowdown
6 days ago

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12 days ago

Gorgeous trail, especially in the fall as you’ll often walk through stands of aspen. The views and scenery change constantly along the route. Don’t skip the 1-mile loop to the top toward the end. The views are some of the best in the Hills, and it’s a great place to have a picnic.

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8 months ago

Fun trail

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9 months ago

Lovely, easy trail with nice views from Old Baldy summit. Be sure to take the short jaunt to the top. The trail is well done with switch backs thoughtfully planned. We saw white tailed deer, grouse and lots of birds.

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rocky
11 months ago

this trail is almost deceptively easy at the beginning of either east or west routes. the hard part is the prairie area near the "lake"(mud bog) where one can easily loose the trail confused by cow droppings and track ruts. The hardest part is the distance. I'm athletic but still a chucky guy and did pretty good until the last mile. It's just far!

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11 months ago

Fun hike with a view of the surrounding black hills. Lots of blow down from a storm/tornado in 2018, thus some re-routing of the trail. Saw lots of carnivorous scat along the trail and elk scat. Some wild flowers noted as well. Saw Canada Jays. The lake was no longer in existence, but still beautiful. Overcast and in the low 60’s which was perfect for hiking.

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Sat Aug 04 2018

9 miles - easy hiking, good signage , lots of cows roaming forest

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Fri Jul 20 2018

Lots of cows and cow piles. was excited to come across old baldy lake to find that it was all dried up, a little disappointing. the trail had not too much up and too much down hill.

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Sun May 28 2017

It's an ok trail. Trails are all over the place some blocked off and distance is way further than posted. View not too exciting until you get to the top of the summit. Good moderate trail for all ages.

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Thu May 25 2017

A trail I've hiked a lot over last thirty years. The authorities have moved the trail around a bit to eliminate water run off damage. Also trail is longer than it used to be.

Fri Nov 25 2016

This is a lovely trail however we did a lot of trail finding. They must be trying to reroute some of the trail. There are branches stacked a crossed some of the trails and trail signs pointing the wrong way. The trail needs some care ???

Wed Nov 23 2016

This is a fun easy trail with a summit of Old Baldy !!

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Fri Oct 16 2015

This was an easy trail that I hiked yesterday 10/15/15. It was fairly well marked. Scenery was pleasant, but not exciting. However, when retuning to the trailhead at 3:30 pm, I met a mountain lion (big!) on the trail, about 50 ft. away. We stared at each other and then I raised my metal hiking poles above my head and banged them together until it left.

Mon Jun 22 2015

The trail is not very obvious the whole way but is marked with signs and has nice scenery. The climb and views from the top, at the end, are well worth the effort.

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7 months ago

recorded Old Baldy Trail

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